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    Short Shifter

    Anyone local In northern VA that can put a short shifter in my 2010 Wrx. I am willing to pay$50 to $80 bucks for the install and buy the parts just don't trust myself to do it and don't think it is worth $410 for dealer install.

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    Post in the Mid Atlantic Forums. I am down in the Front Royal area, never done one on a WRX ( I have on Fords) but how hard could it be? You help and no charge, consider it a learning experience for us.

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    I'm from fredericksburg but at college right now, but I come home fairly often. I threw a kartboy in my 2011 two weeks ago.
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    It's really insanely easy to do...if you don't trust yourself doing that, then how do you trust yourself through the rest of life?
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    It is really a simple process to just install the shifter. If you are planning on installing bushings as well it can make the process a bit more difficult, but not terribly hard.

    I installed mine about a month ago and had never installed on a WRX before. It took me 45 minutes from start to finish. The hardest part for me was getting the spring clip back in (it wouldn't lock in flat).

    I installed the bushings the next weekend and it took an hour and 15 minutes.

    Kartboy Shifter Install

    This link is for an older model, but the instructions are the same, except for actually removing the stock shifter. To remove the new ones, there is a spring clip holding it in place (get cheap spring clip pliers) and then the stock shifter just pulls out. Then when you put the new one in, just push it into place with the white plastic piece, and replace the spring clip. No need to use a hammer, if you do, it might break the white plastic piece.
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    Short shifter install = easy. If you know how to use a ratchet and spring clip pliers, you know how to install the short shifter.

    Shifter bushings = easy to moderate. Requires the use of a lift, a pit, or jackstands. You'll have to remove the heatshield and disconnect the O2 sensor plug to clear the interference. Again, if you know how to use a ratchet, you know how to install the bushings. The rear bushings are a PITA because of the alignment of the bolts, but once you get it started, it's easy.

    None of this stuff is complicated. There are numerous videos on youtube showing how to install the short shifter. There aren't many videos showing installation of the shifter bushings, but again, it's not difficult.

    My advice would be to get in touch with a fellow ClubWRX'er and have him/her give you a hand with the install. This will give you an opportunity to learn a thing or two about turning a wrench.

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    Its always nice to have a hand. I'd come by and help you if I could. All I would ask for is lunch or something lol.

    It may be an easy install, but you can't expect someone who has never done math to just one day start doing math. If you've never done any work on a car, there's nothing wrong with getting help. Just look up some videos like everyone said and try it yourself if you cant find anyone to give you a hand. You gotta start somewhere, and it will be more rewarding if you do it yourself
    Last edited by wreckingball man; 10-23-2013 at 01:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckingball man View Post
    You gotta start somewhere, and it will be more rewarding if you do it yourself
    And the short shifter install is a great place to start. Either that or Rally Armor mudflaps...

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    I got it done I made one mistake and overtightened the pivot joint but I got right and what an great machine sound system is next and I think I will just leave it the alone as far as mods go for a while

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadster20th View Post
    I got it done I made one mistake and overtightened the pivot joint but I got right and what an great machine sound system is next and I think I will just leave it the alone as far as mods go for a while
    ...and BTW, you wouldn't be the first to overtighten the bolt. But most figure it out when they find it makes the shifter too tight during shifts.

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