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    Short shifter questions?

    I am new to the Subaru world and I want peoples thoughts on what short shifter to purchase for my 2005 WRX! Please assist me and give me your opinion.

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    James T.

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    Kartboy is the best IMHO and do the bushings while you are in there. Contact TIC and they will explain everything and get you the right parts.

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    I have an almost brand new Kartboy Short Shifter for the standard shifting 5 speeds (i.e your '05). This is the kartboy that the aforementioned post is talking about I am selling it for $85 shipped. They go for ~$110 + shipping online.


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    Kartboy is the most popular, I have one that I've used in two cars and I like it. Some may argue that there are better short shifters out there. Most of them reduce the throw by shortening the lever (like the Kartboy), but the actual STi short shifter has different linkage to reduce the throw. It also costs more than twice what the Kartboy shifter costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenament View Post
    I have an almost brand new Kartboy Short Shifter for the standard shifting 5 speeds (i.e your '05). This is the kartboy that the aforementioned post is talking about I am selling it for $85 shipped. They go for ~$110 + shipping online.
    Actually, both www.kartboy.com and www.turninconcepts.com sell shifter for $110 w/free shipping.

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    Wow, totally didn't know that TiC was free shipping! That's awesome actually, now I can hope that I'm xx amount closer to having a locked differential
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    Kartboy makes a great product.

    Unfortunately, so do 1000 other eBay knockoff companies that have copied it. I know I'll probably get bashed for "not supporting the companies that do all the R+D"..... but the simple fact of the matter is that the design is old, and without any NEW R+D, you're simply selling the same product that all the other companies have copied..... and are producing at a significantly less cost.

    So..... if you're set on a kartboy.... I say just buy a knockoff and save some $$$.

    (This is where everyone chimes in and tells you that the knockoffs break too often... although you'll find more reports of Kartboys breaking than you will the knockoffs)

    Or.... do your research, and buy a better shifter... one that has adjustability.

    I bought a Subydude single-adjustable shifter years ago..... and I don't think they make them anymore.

    Cobb made a double-adjustable shifter... but again, I don't think they make them anymore.

    Both of them provided a better shift than a standard Kartboy though, simply because of the adjustability.

    I'm certain there are still adjustable shifters out there.... Avoid the Perrin unit though.... It isn't really a "shifter", just a device that relocates the stock shifter... and although I cannot personally testify to it... I have heard numerous bad reviews of it.
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    I have nothing but positive things to say about my Kartboy SS. I'd recommend it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ninefourteener
    (This is where everyone chimes in and tells you that the knockoffs break too often... although you'll find more reports of Kartboys breaking than you will the knockoffs)
    Can you provide evidence of Kartboy shifters breaking? The only shifter I've seen with a history of breaking was GMS, who wouldn't even respond to Tom when he called him out about stealing his design...
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    thank you all for the information about what to buy. it was nice to hear what you all had to say. I will bash no one as everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

    James

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    hey guys, not trying to jack the thread, but does anyone know if there are any truely adjustable shifters out there? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiersius View Post
    hey guys, not trying to jack the thread, but does anyone know if there are any truely adjustable shifters out there? Thanks!
    the only one i have seen is perrin's shifter bushing adapeter, it does'nt adjust the height just the distance the shifter has to move into the gears, the higher up the shifter shaft u go the shorter the shifts, and vice versa. hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiersius View Post
    hey guys, not trying to jack the thread, but does anyone know if there are any truely adjustable shifters out there? Thanks!
    This is the best that $$$ can buy... hands down.

    However.... you may want to call and make sure they have them, because I'm not certain they are still making them.

    If they are... snatch it up quick:

    http://www.rallysportdirect.com/stat...er-p-2724.html
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    Can't find the cob at rallysport - but I did see one by MODE that looks similar - anyone tried it/have an opinion?

    http://www.rallysportdirect.com/shop...er-p-4234.html

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    That looks like an exceptionally good product. I've never seen it.... but if I were in the market... I'd be all over that. It looks just like the Cobb unit.

    Plus, I know all the guys at RSD personally, and conduct quite a few "joint effort" meets and events with them..... RSD doesn't sell crap (it would ruin their reputation).. I can guarantee it.
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    Awesome - Thanks for the input, it looked good to me - just wanted a second opinion! Must be fairly new?

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