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Old 01-10-2018, 01:00 PM   #1
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Default Thinking about getting the OEM short shifter kit

Hey everyone,

I bought my 2018 WRX STi about 5 months ago and Iím now thinking to get the OEM short shifter kit.

Has anyone gone this route of purchasing their STi and then later on getting the OEM STS kit installed at the dealership?

If so, how was your experience? How do you find the OEM STS kit vs the stock shifter?
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:24 PM   #2
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Hey everyone,

I bought my 2018 WRX STi about 5 months ago and Iím now thinking to get the OEM short shifter kit.

Has anyone gone this route of purchasing their STi and then later on getting the OEM STS kit installed at the dealership?

If so, how was your experience? How do you find the OEM STS kit vs the stock shifter?
My '18 STi came with the OEM short shifter and I can tell you after test driving one at the dealer without it, it's considerably better - shifts feel crisper and a bit shorter. Now some will tell you the STS SS is not worth it and there are better SS kits out there for the money but in my view i want the gear lever to move more than half an inch between throws.
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Old 01-10-2018, 07:41 PM   #3
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www.kartboy.com instead. Cheaper. Shorter throw. No reason to spend $900 on the OEM jank when the kartboy will do better for way less.
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:25 PM   #4
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My '18 STi came with the OEM short shifter and I can tell you after test driving one at the dealer without it, it's considerably better - shifts feel crisper and a bit shorter. Now some will tell you the STS SS is not worth it and there are better SS kits out there for the money but in my view i want the gear lever to move more than half an inch between throws.
might be a mental thing, but the throws are only 10% shorter in the STi STS compared to the stock STS. you'd feel more of a difference with a weighted shift knob, brass bushings, and shift stop.
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:11 PM   #5
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If you want to spend that much then go ahead and spend a little more and get the Group N short shifter. You can get it for about $450 shipped from JapanParts.com

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Old 01-10-2018, 11:53 PM   #6
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Do what Unabomber said, Kartboy shifter with the bushings, you will be much happier. And the brass bushings and shift stop mentioned above is for the WRX, not the STi. I have had Kartboy products in three different cars now, no one else I would ever use.
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:43 AM   #7
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www.kartboy.com instead. Cheaper. Shorter throw. No reason to spend $900 on the OEM jank when the kartboy will do better for way less.
The OEM STS does not cost $900. It is around $340 depending on which Dealer you get it from.

OP: Before you go spending lots of money on a different shifter, drive cars with both shifters ( OEM STS vs. Kartboy vs. other brand ) to see if you like it before you buy it.

Personally, I don't like the really short shifters like the Kartboy, et. al.

Besides, didn't your STi already come w/the STS?
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:46 AM   #8
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I have a Kartboy short shifter for sale if you're interested. The only thing is that it doesn't come with the bushing since it's very difficult to remove once it's installed.
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For what it's worth, Perrin makes a short-throw adapter for $100 that reduces the throws by 30%. Add their bushing for $20 and you're set. Best thing about Perrin is you don't need to cut any lines like with some of the others. It's completely reversible and utilizes the OEM shifter.

I installed it about 2K miles ago (45K miles total) and the car feels totally different shifting. Much easier and a huge improvement.
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I vote for the Kartboy or other aftermarket short shifters. Maybe the Subaru STS would be fine if you ordered the car that way but the price for parts is a bit much to add later, downright egregious if you have a dealer install it.

But who knows which one you'd like better. I've heard some say the Subaru STS is excellent and other say it's terrible. I've also heard people complain about vibration in the aftermarket option when you install bushings. But there's no denying the non-STS in the 2018 STI is a squishy noodle...
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:25 PM   #11
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I had the cobb STS with both front and rear bushings and I loved it. Haven't driven a car with the kartboy so I couldn't give my opinion on that
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:26 PM   #12
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There's apples and oranges in this thread.
The STi uses the older linkage shifter whereas the '15-up WRX has the cable shifter. They are totally different as are the short throw options.
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:11 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the responses, yeah Iíd love to test drive an STi with an STS first before upgrading my STi. If the dealership has an STi with the OEM STS, Iíll ask if I can test drive it and see if itís worth the upgrade.
Also, even though Iíve heard really good things about the Kartboy STS, Iíd rather stick to the OEM STS kit since I assume that it will be covered by warranty.
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:14 PM   #14
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However I might keep my current red STi shift knob because I like the look and feel of it. Especially since the STi shift knob that you can buy from the dealer doesnít look as sharp as the stock one. Maybe it feels better during shifting? Does anyone have this shift knob, and if so, what are your experiences with it?
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Old 01-13-2018, 04:30 PM   #15
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I just picked my 18 STi up yesterday, it has the STi STS. Can't compare it to stock obviously but I can tell you it feels good. Real nice and notchy, very little wiggle room. I miss 3rd and go into 5th occasionally because of how close everything is now but I've also only been driving this thing for a day so I'm sure that will go away after I get used to it.
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Old 01-18-2018, 11:11 PM   #16
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Get the kartboy
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