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    '12 wrx short throw shifter problems

    I picked up my wrx on friday ( 3-30 ) and the car is absolutely everything i was hoping for. quick, agile, and the all wheel drive is impressive. anyways, i had the short throw shifter installed as on option when i ordered the car. I'm not impressed. it doesn't feel clean like you'd expect a new car to feel. A couple friends that i've talked to about this have told me the trans probably has to be broken in a little. Also sometimes i get rejected when shifting into 3, and reverse is 75% of the time a stubble to get into. I've put just under 400 miles in 3 days. so i've done a lot of driving, at least for me. any recommendations? i'm thinking ill call the dealer this week.

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    Aftermarket rear & front shifter stay bushings will improve shifter feel.The Short shifter does nothing for shifter feel.It only shortens the throw.
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    you no, i've read that. and i had a thread started asking if those bushings made a difference. after getting all the great respond's i called my sales men and told him to add that to the option list. when i asked him if the bushings were put in on friday he said when i asked the parts guy he looked at me like i had three eyes and said it comes with the short throw shifter... proooobably didn't have those installed.

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    It does not come with the short shifter.The SPT bushings have to be ordered separately.

    Or go aftermarket.
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    i've read aftermarket is the way to go. kartboy?

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    Absolutely.I have kartboys & I'm very happy with mine.They are by far the most popular.
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    well once again rage thanks for the good input. ill check your mod thread for how to switch those out.

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    I'm in the same boat as you. I have the factory STS as well and will be ordering some Kartboy bushings as well. I've read a lot of people recommending them and that shifting gets much much better with the bushings installed. All I need to make my mind up about getting the Kartboy STS too lol..
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    I have kartboy sts and front bushing...im installing the rear this week...I love the feel of the sts
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    Also, and it may just be me getting used to it, but on the stock shifter I feel that it has gotten a bit better after some more miles.

    I'll still be getting a sts eventually anyways
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    ill be ordering those this week and installing over the weekend. thanks for everyones input!

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    yeah i picked up my '12 on 3/18 and have the spt sts port installed and im having issues putting the car into reverse. if the car is in motion, and i come to a stop, (i.e. 3 point turn, or even parking the car) i cant get it into reverse. i have to go through the rhythm of shifting through gears and then putting it into reverse. by far, the only gripe i have with the car is the tranny. i drove my friends '11 STi and its night and day. i hope it gets better over time..

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    Glad I'm not the only one having trouble going into reverse
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    i have a spt sts without upgraded bushings. a combination of get bushings, break it in and getting use to it should do the trick. it took me a few thousand miles to break it in and get use to the way the wrx shifts, so it will take some time but i can say that mine is now pretty smooth. as far as bushings go from what i can tell there is no difference between the kartboy and cobb but the cobb is $5 less.

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    I confronted my dealer about the trouble going into reverse. They told me to reclutch and try again. Its been ok for now I suppose.

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