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Old 06-27-2000, 11:48 AM   #1
richeich
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Cool Happy Birthday to Me! -SPT Short Throw Shifter

My dad is so cool. He sent me an SPT Short Throw Shifter for my birthday. I can't wait to put it in. I don't have time today, gotta go to work . It's going into my 98 Legacy GT, I'll let everyone know how it goes and give a review if you're interested.

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Old 06-28-2000, 04:08 PM   #2
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I put the shifter in today. I had to do a search of the technical forum to find instructions on how to install a shifter with the linkage (like STi and Syms), but once I figure it out, it went in okay.

First impression is "WOW". All the guys that rave about the short shifters aren't kidding. That is one sweet upgrade. I didn't notice the increased shifting effort like I've heard some talk about. Maybe that's because this kit is the whole linkage assembly, whereas some of the others are the shifter only.

All in all, it was a good learning experience for me and I'm very pleased with the product. 'Genuine Subaru'!

Rich
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Old 06-28-2000, 08:21 PM   #3
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Rich,
I have an STi short shifter waiting to be installed. Since you just installed yours, perhaps you can help me out with mine. I tried to install it a couple months ago using my Haynes manual (which actually has pretty decent instructions for the shifter linkage removal/replacement), but I quickly ran into trouble.

First off, which instructions did you find online? I've only found the lever install instructions, rather than the entire linkage install, hence I was relying on the Haynes manual.

OK, this might tough to understand, but you just went through this so hopefully you can follow me. There are two rods that stick forward that you access from beneath the car. The upper one is the actual shift rod (attaches at its forward end with a vertical bolt), and the lower one is the stay rod (attaches to rear of tranny with a horizontal bolt). In my Haynes manual, the first step they list is to disconnect the stay rod from teh rear of the tranny by undoing 2 bolts. Nice clear picture definitely only shows 2 bolts. Well, on my '99 there are 3 bolts, one of which is just forward of the center portion of the transmission support, and is unreachable with a socket due to the support. I probably could get a long box end wrench on it, but there's essentially no room to rotate the wrench. Did you run into this problem at all? I think, looking at things again, that I might be able to just unbolt the stay rod from the little bracket on the end of the tranny, rather than unbolting the bracket (if you follow what I mean). I need to get the car up on a lift again and take a look at that.

Next thing, not a problem, just a question. The Haynes manual says to remove a spring, which appears to go from the shift rod to the stay rod. I see a little tab with a hole on the stay rod (both on the stock shifter and the STi shifter), but there's no spring on the car. I don't know what purpose it serves, anyway, since my car shifts just fine, but I'm wondering if you had a little spring there?

Thanks for your help. Sorry if these descriptions don't make sense. If you have a Haynes manual (mine is for 90-98 Legacies), let me know and I can give you some picture numbers to look at.

Pat Olsen
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Old 06-28-2000, 08:47 PM   #4
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Hey Pat-
Here's a link to the thread that contained the outline of how to do it. RalliSpec provided that info. http://www.i-club.com/ubb-files/Foru...ML/000104.html

I acually think that may answer your questions. He wasn't sure if the 99's had a spring- I guess you've answered that question. (My 98 did have a spring). Mine also had just the two bolts that secured the stay rod to the body. That's actually right below the shift lever- if that's the same area you're talking about. I hope the holes on your STi shifter line up okay with that.

Anyway, check the link and see if it clears anything up. I had to remove and take loose more than I wanted to, but it does make the job easier. (Not easy, though).

Good luck,
Rich
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Old 06-29-2000, 01:59 PM   #5
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Rich,
Thanks for the link. That confirms what I ran into - you need to remove the crossmembers and drop the tranny a bit to make it easier. It sounds like in your case, with just the 2 bolt stay rod setup, that you probably could get away with not removing the crossmembers (or atleast that's how it looks in my Haynes manual). With that third obstructed bolt on my car, I think I'm gonna have to remove all that extra stuff. That sucks. Fortunately, though, I have access to a lift (Navy auto hobby shop on the base) so it is feasible.

When I attempted installation the first time I realized that there was a whole lotta crap that was in the way. I had the big long heat shield removed, and was trying to remove the mid pipe for even better access when I gave up. Some of those exhaust pipe bolts did NOT want to come undone. Should be interesting when it comes time to install a new exhaust.

Thanks for the help.

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