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This is a discussion on Short Shifter Problem within the Interior Mods forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Idk if this should have been posted under interior, or somewhere else since I couldn't find issues under drivetrain. But ...

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    Short Shifter Problem

    Idk if this should have been posted under interior, or somewhere else since I couldn't find issues under drivetrain. But if needed please relocate thread.

    Car: 2005 Subaru WRX (5 speed)

    I bought the car in October with 59k miles. Recently I bought a Cobb double adjustable short shifter for 5 speed. Today, as I'm trying to install, I notice the previous owner had a kartboy short shifter. I want to install the Cobb to see the difference.

    But an issue came up with the C-clip. I can't find it? Does the 5-speeds not have one?? I'm so confused and frustrated! Nobody seems to know. Here are pictures.







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    I don't think there is any c-clip. You just have to pound the ball into the holder.
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    No C-clip needed, the ball just pops in and out of the retainer. Use plenty of lithium grease around the ball to keep shifts smooth, and help with install and removal. Use a rubber mallet if necessary to get the ball in there. I just leaned on it with all my weight and it popped right in.
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    Ok I'll give that a try. So pretty much I just need to yank the old shifter out??

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    Yes, you can lever the existing ball out of there pretty easily.
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    Thanks! I was able to install it. The Cobb makes a difference! I love it, thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattmann View Post
    Thanks! I was able to install it. The Cobb makes a difference! I love it, thanks for your help.
    So you prefer it to the Kartboy? Could you elaborate at all?

    I'm just wondering because i've been looking at short shifters and had pretty much settled on the Kartboy, but if the Cobb is better in other people's opinions i might want to think about it.

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    Yes, please do elaborate. I'm interested in the Cobb and Kartboy short shifters too. What made the Cobb better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002SubieWRX View Post
    Yes, please do elaborate. I'm interested in the Cobb and Kartboy short shifters too. What made the Cobb better?
    Adjustable (vs set by kartboy) throw length and shifter height. Works as named and advertised.
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    Like Lokey said, the Cobb is adjustable, the Kartboy is not. Both are well made and serve their purpose well, but the Cobb lets you fine tune shift throw and knob height. So, if you're like me and wanted a short throw, but not a shifter that's sunk down super low, you can adjust the height to suit you, while keeping the shifts as short as possible. It was well worth the extra money. I've had mine for more than a year now, and never had a single issue with it.

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    Yeah I think I'd prefer the adjustable height too. I don't have very long arms so it would be nice. Going on the wishlist
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    Yeah, I'm thinking the Cobb as well now. Was never really a fan of the whole sunk in shifter but was willing to sacrifice for shorter throws, looks like i won't have to now.

    Any of you running aftermarket bushings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowdyWRX View Post

    Any of you running aftermarket bushings?
    Yes, and since there are a ton of topics and reviews on them on here, I'll just cut to the chase and say that you should too.


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    How the hell did you just "pop" it out? that year, same as mine, the c-clip is under the car. you have to go under the car to do it

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    there is a c-clip normally. The person that had his car before him and had installed the other shifter didn't put the c-clip back.

    If you need to remove the c-clip, just get some c-clip pliers... cheap, and worth it. If you live in denver, I can let you borrow mine.
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