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    Cobb vs. kartboy

    Looking to buy and install a short shifter with front/rear bushings for my 2012 wrx. i understand that the kartboy shifter is shorter in height and has shorter throws than the cobb, but cobb is adjustable.
    other than that, are there any other differences between the two?
    Is one better suited than the other, i.e. fitment, clearance issues?
    any appreciable differences in the front and rear bushings, as well?

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    Both work well though i believe the Kartboy is more of a popular option. Though you cant go wrong with either.
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    Cobb is also more expensive. Not much difference in quality and function in my opinion. I've been around both.

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    Kartboy short shifter + kartboy bushings = WIN

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    Kartboy...some people have had issues when adjusting the Cobb to where it won't work as well and lends to grinding shifts. Ultimately lead to replacing it with a KB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Kartboy...some people have had issues when adjusting the Cobb to where it won't work as well and lends to grinding shifts. Ultimately lead to replacing it with a KB.
    Really?

    I had the Cobb and loved it. Never had a single issue. The range of allowable adjustment will let the shift arm contact the steel shifter plate, making it grind at this contact point. Cobb covers this with a template for grinding out the shifter plate, so simply adjust it out of the position that grinds (meaning a slightly longer throw). That's what I did with mine, and drove around for 2 years with no issues at all. Unlike the Kartboy, I could have a very short throw, but keep the shift ball at more or less the stock position. I adjusted the throw to be as short as the plate clearance allowed, then adjusted the ball height perfectly match my arm. Reaching for the shifter was telepathic.

    I'll always promote the Cobb shifter, it was fantastic.
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    I see this a lot on forums so I figured Id respond because I just installed my cobb SS on my 13 wrx hatch. I spoke with the dudes at Pacific Import Auto and they recommended: first take out all the allen bolts and then put some removable threadlock on, about 3/4 of each bolts threads, finalize your adjustment exactly where you want it, ensuring enough clearance, and youre good to go. They only tend to slip because the metal on the cobb ss is very slick. Once you do that its locked in very well. Thats what I did today and I love it. Very short throws and the knob is very very low. You have to make sure also that you leave enough of the top of the shifter out so that you can threat whatever knob youre putting on. I put the stock knob back on and its still low low low. If I have any slipping, which I doubt I will, after a bunch of miles I will post about it.
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    the spt shifter linkage is good to have too to shorten the throw even more my wrx came with it an my throws were alot more comfortable than my friends without it.
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    Just replaced my stock shifter and bushings with the Cobb adjustable setup and front/rear bushings this week. IMO made a huge difference, I don't have any experience with the Kartboy stuff though. I bought the package that also included the Cobb Knob as well, honestly even just putting on the knob at first before adding the short throw or bushings was a huge improvement in the feel as well.

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    I went from stock to Kartboy with the bushings and NOTHING would convince me to change it. Not even COBB.

    I have an 09 WRX and I had it installed in March 2013. Still feels the way it did when it was installed.

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    I've had my Cobb SS (with bushings) for roughly 7 years. No issues here. The Kartboy was too low for my liking so that's why I went with the Cobb.

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