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    2013 STI Short Throw Shifter versus Stock

    Any opinion on the short throw shifter versus stock?
    Is it worth the difference to buy?

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    Definitely worth it. But go aftermarket, preferably Kartboy. It is cheaper, has shorter throws & is of great quality. And also get the shifter bushings. The stock ones are worthless.
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    The bushings are the more important part - they'll greatly add to the shifter feel.

    Are you speaking of an aftermarket lever or the factory option? The factory option actually uses a lever about the same length as the original lever, but uses a shorter shift linkage to move the pivot point and cut the shift distance by about 10% or so. Aftermarket levers are physically smaller levers and normally cut the throw by around 40% I believe.

    I used both. I wouldn't have gotten the factory unit due to the price, but I was offered it for a steal of a price.

    Just make sure to get the bushings. There are front & rear stay bushings, linkage bushings, and pivot bushings. If you get pivot bushings, I would recommend an aftermarket lever to avoid issues mating pivot bushings to the lever.
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    Yes, the factory option, as I want to stay within the warranty and have the dealership install it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipset35 View Post
    Yes, the factory option, as I want to stay within the warranty and have the dealership install it.
    I strongly doubt they would be denying any claims based off a short shifter and some bushings. I would strongly recommend going aftermarket for the bushings & additional throw reduction, even if you are stuck on getting the factory option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipset35 View Post
    Yes, the factory option, as I want to stay within the warranty and have the dealership install it.
    In that case you can also get the SPT shifter bushings.

    The short throw is actually a very simple install. The bushings have to be installed from under the car. Would be the better option. They wouldn't have much of an effect on your warranty anyway.
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    I got the SPT factory installed. And then later I installed the perrin shifter bushings.

    The SPT was thrown in the cost of the car, but I would not have bought it for $270. If you really want to keep your warantee, I guess you can do it, but it didn't really change that much.

    The cobb and kartboy are both way cheaper (1/2 price) and do a much better job shortening the throw. And i can't imagine a dealer rejecting a warantee claim because of a properly installed STS - I'm sure it happens sometimes, but I don't think you'd want to have that sort of dealer service your car anyway.
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    Have the STi STS installed on my 13' wry and notice little if any difference between this one and my stock shifter 05 wrx. If you haven't already and are paying the full price for the STS, I would recommend as well, to go aftermarket. I got mine as a steal also similar to those stated above as they threw it in for free.

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    perin makes a short throw adapter and they give you bushings with it. The kit uses the stock shifter and the throw is adjustable. I put mine on 2 days ago and so far so good and its a quick easy install. I forget the price but its well under what a whole shifter would cost.

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    everyone says go aftermarket. and i tend to agree. esp when talking about the base wrx with the spt/sti short throw option.
    but if your referring to an actual sti. then i can tell you the sti short throw shifter option is pretty damn good. i test drove an sti last week while ordering my car that had the ss option. it was hands down the best shifter ive ever used. seriously

    but if its the base wrx then i agree go kartboy w/ the bushings

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    Re: 2013 STI Short Throw Shifter versus Stock

    Quote Originally Posted by EndlessSea View Post
    everyone says go aftermarket. and i tend to agree. esp when talking about the base wrx with the spt/sti short throw option.
    but if your referring to an actual sti. then i can tell you the sti short throw shifter option is pretty damn good. i test drove an sti last week while ordering my car that had the ss option. it was hands down the best shifter ive ever used. seriously

    but if its the base wrx then i agree go kartboy w/ the bushings
    Without the bushings, I would strongly disagree speaking from my experience.
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    Do you have any enthusiasts near you? A group or anything? If so possibly someone has them installed and will let you at least move the shifter and get a sorta feel for it?

    I installed the Cobb SS and Kartboy bushings after owning my 2013 a week. I came from a 3000gt with a short shifter already so it wasnt too much of a difference for me with the ss, but the bushings were something I wasnt expecting. They make it almost more, I dunno the proper word, heavier? to shift.

    With the stock bushings the shifter moved effortlessly, albeit mushy feeling. After installing the bushings it almost puts a struggle up, but in a good way, if that makes any sense at all. It took me about a week or two to get used to it, but now I cant imagine not using it. A few of my buddies tried it out, a few decided maybe the bushings werent for them and the throw was too short (I set it to my own preference remember). But on the other hand, some really liked it and at least picked up the bushings.

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    I have the spt ss in my 2012 STI and it blows. It was part of the car from the dealership. I have a trd ss in my scion and the throw is way short compared to the spt. I'm a little let down. I'm seriously thinking aftermarket at some point.
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    i got the sti sts put in my car when i bought it as part of the deal, i cant compare it to stock since i started with it, but for the price i would go aftermarket you can probably get more adjustability. to answer the question the short throw is great and im happy with it
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    Re: 2013 STI Short Throw Shifter versus Stock

    Quote Originally Posted by britt.johnny5 View Post
    I have the spt ss in my 2012 STI and it blows. It was part of the car from the dealership. I have a trd ss in my scion and the throw is way short compared to the spt. I'm a little let down. I'm seriously thinking aftermarket at some point.
    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackwrx View Post
    i got the sti sts put in my car when i bought it as part of the deal, i cant compare it to stock since i started with it, but for the price i would go aftermarket you can probably get more adjustability. to answer the question the short throw is great and im happy with it
    Or do both like I did

    The factory option moves the pivot point by using an alternate shift linkage. Aftermarket levers use just a shorter lever. Using both will give you a yet shorter shift.
    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex
    He was throwing balloons filled with sulfuric acid and shrapnel at the swat team. They finally had to take him down with rubber bullets.
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