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Old 03-07-2006, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default Kartboy vs OEM short shift

First off I did a little searching and it appears that the # KB-002-2002 will work on a 2006 WRX, correct?

I didnt get the factory short shift because it was an easy cheap aftermarket mod. But after looking through some of the litature I got the dealer the factory short shift picture shows all the linkage from top to bottom. Is this something Subaru does to make it look like your getting more for your money, or is there some other benefits to having OEM over Kartboy?

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Old 03-07-2006, 06:23 PM   #2
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The linkage is cadnium plated for extra bling on the OEM unit and does nothing. Don't know the part number, but the Kartboy shifter will work on your car. Other than that, look at getting Kartboy bushings to accent their shifter.
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:26 PM   #3
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I'm not sure exact part numbers but my short shifter from my 05 fit right in my 06, FYI.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:22 PM   #4
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cool thanks....I'm about to order the shifter and bushings now....

is the best place to buy direct?

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Old 03-07-2006, 09:24 PM   #5
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Check out the vendor review forums, and the vendor for sale forums to see who carries KB stuff and who is reliable. Of course, there's always the easy way out by going straight to the source -> www.kartboy.com.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:31 PM   #6
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I've tried a standard subaru short shifter and kartboy with front bushings short shifter. The difference is hard to explain but I guess you can say with the kartboy and bushings it's more harsh(more vibrations at the shifter) while the subaru short shifter is less harsh but doesn't throw as short. I believe the harness comes from the bushings and not the shifter directly though. I would try to find someone local who has a kartboy short shifter without urethane bushings, one with the bushings and ask your dealer to test drive an 06 wrx with their short shifter to see if you like it(as I'm sure you'll be hard pressed to find someone who has the subaru short shifter).
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The bushings do add some vibration to the shifter...but its not bad. The bushings also remove the squishy, soft feeling that you have with the stock shifter. Its a big difference and worth the extra money.
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