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    Hi all,

    Short Throw Shifter Question:
    I'm not sure if this is normal as I don't have much prior experience but there seems to be a slight resiliance going into 1st, 3rd and reverse. Not all the time, only once and awhile. FYI: It's not operator error. Lol. It has never not gone into the gear, but as I've gone to put the shifter knob in, it "struggles". Instead of forcing it, I usually will pull the knob back to the center and retry. Then it goes in without resiliance. (Wow, that sounded kinky). LOL. Anyway, anyone else have any suggestions or opinions or experience with this?

    Banging sound:
    It occures when the car has sat over night, etc (not if I just go into the store). As I release the emergency brake, put into 1st, and drive, within 10-20 feet there is a "bang" or "pop" sound. Almost as if a disc is not releasing and releases upon driving. Again, suggestions, opinions, or experience?

    Thanks you,
    Brandi

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    1.Avoid going into first when the car is in motion.

    2. You will soon enough learn the Subaru dance. Reverse is always a hassle. If the gear refuses to engage, just put it back into neutral & try & try again.

    3. The noise you hear when the car moves after having been parked is hill assist disengaging. Nothing to worry about.
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    Thanks Rage. I grew up in a muscle car family, thus I learned early on to never engage 1st gear until stopped. I also do this with reverse. Old habits never die. ;-)
    Thanks again for the information.
    Brandi
    Purchased 7/17/13: 2013 WRX Limited- satin pearl white: short throw shifter, Perrin cat-back, and some other stuff. ;-)

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    Did you get the factory short throw or did you install aftermarket?

    If you did the install you might have over tightened the bolt that goes through the shifter pivot. I did this originally and it made shifting a little difficult. Loosening the bolt fixed the issue for me.

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    Are the short shifters more prone to engagement issues then standard shifters....seems so based on the posts I've read ???? Mine engages in all gears smoothly, maybe not super crisp, which is why I've been thinking about a short shifter. Thoughts ?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by cogito View Post
    Are the short shifters more prone to engagement issues then standard shifters....seems so based on the posts I've read ???? Mine engages in all gears smoothly, maybe not super crisp, which is why I've been thinking about a short shifter. Thoughts ?????
    I have zero problems with my Kartboy since I properly tightened it. Shifts nice and smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGoalie View Post
    I have zero problems with my Kartboy since I properly tightened it. Shifts nice and smooth.
    Thanks. I have zero issues with the stock standard shifter, with the exception of a little more precision. So the kartboys are pretty crisp I assume. Since you seem pretty happy
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    Quote Originally Posted by cogito View Post
    Thanks. I have zero issues with the stock standard shifter, with the exception of a little more precision. So the kartboys are pretty crisp I assume. Since you seem pretty happy
    Yeah I've been enjoying it. I have an Anarchy Motive shift knob and the pivot bushing installed with it. Still need to install my front and rear shifter bushings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGoalie View Post
    Did you get the factory short throw or did you install aftermarket?

    If you did the install you might have over tightened the bolt that goes through the shifter pivot. I did this originally and it made shifting a little difficult. Loosening the bolt fixed the issue for me.
    I purchased the short throw from Subaru thus it was installed prior to purchase. When I take it in for it's first service, should I have them check it just to be safe? Or just assume, this in normal for the short throw?
    Brandi
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