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This is a discussion on Kartboy VS. STI Short Throw Shifter Discussion within the Transmission & AWD forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Hi, are there any opinions out there about the Cobb Club Short Shifter/bushing and Trans bracket kit or the KartBoy. ...

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    Question Factory Short Shifter vs. Cobb Club/Kartboy

    Hi, are there any opinions out there about the Cobb Club Short Shifter/bushing and Trans bracket kit or the KartBoy. Is this as good as or better than the Factory Short Shifter. I just got the go-ahead to purchase a new WRX as my new company car(I have a way Kool boss) and my initial thought was to get the factory shipper but I just saw that Cobb has one for much less. I am not opposed to doing my own installation.
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    not sure about the cobb but the kartboy has a much much shorter throw (40% i beleive) than the factory shortshifter, which i heard is not that much shorter than stock...i have felt the kartboy and if feels great, short and crisp...

    i have the kartboy right now waiting for my bushings to arrive...

    does this mean you can expense your mods???
    -Brian

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    Errr...I have the shortshift and it's AT LEAST 50% shorter throw than the standard shift.
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    Originally posted by WilliamG
    Errr...I have the shortshift and it's AT LEAST 50% shorter throw than the standard shift.
    the factory option?

    sorry..i have heard that it was not that much of a difference...i stand corrected
    -Brian

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    I had the original shifter and then after a month got the upgrade. A huge difference let me tell you.
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    Originally posted by WilliamG
    I had the original shifter and then after a month got the upgrade. A huge difference let me tell you.
    when i felt the kartboy...i had to get it...

    hopefully going to install it this weekend...makes spirited driving a lot more fun
    -Brian

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    I have the sti shifter and have used a very good short shift lever, ILP Performance. The ILP was shorter shifting. The Sti is smoother and less notchy feeling.

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    I love my STI short shifter. I have use the standard shifter and the STI and I think the STI is well worth it and much shorter.


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    I'm trying to decide between the two myself. I'm kinda leaning towards the factory short shifter (which is AKA the STi short shifter.) I was going to have the dealership install this (for warranty purposes) when getting my clutch checked, but they want to charge around $450. ***** that. I'm kinda leary about doing this install myself, unless it's just bolt on. I'm really intimidated by doing anything underneith the car.

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    verbel...

    i just looked at the cost...

    the kartboy is $135...that's it...mostly because it is the shifter lever as oppossed to the entire assembly...

    your call though....my .02
    -Brian

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    Originally posted by verbal
    I'm trying to decide between the two myself. I'm kinda leaning towards the factory short shifter (which is AKA the STi short shifter.) I was going to have the dealership install this (for warranty purposes) when getting my clutch checked, but they want to charge around $450. ***** that. I'm kinda leary about doing this install myself, unless it's just bolt on. I'm really intimidated by doing anything underneith the car.
    I did the install. It takes a bit of time, but if you have jack stands, get your wrenches and go at it. If you have small hands, you've got a huge advantage over me. I believe most of the bolts are 12mm.

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    If you get the Kartboy SS make sure you buy the bushings also.
    Feels nice.

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    Originally posted by PKer
    If you get the Kartboy SS make sure you buy the bushings also.
    Feels nice.
    that's what everyone says...

    i am going to install my shifter this weekend and do the bushings when there isn't any snow or ice on the ground...
    -Brian

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    Originally posted by WRC_Obsessed
    that's what everyone says...

    i am going to install my shifter this weekend and do the bushings when there isn't any snow or ice on the ground...
    i love the kartboy. i had it in for 2 weeks w/o the bushings, but it's better with them. the thing is great. i can't imagine paying more than double that for a short shifter. the final result is the same, and the cost is over 2X? come on, it is after all just a short shifter. plus, the ease of install with the KB FAR exceeds that of replacing an entire linkage. that's rediculous. it's just a simple geometry change...

    $135 is too much. i believe mine was $100, and the bushings were $30.

    dR

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    Originally posted by dark_rex
    $135 is too much. i believe mine was $100, and the bushings were $30.

    dR
    $135 w/bushings...
    -Brian

    Twisty Monster - 335 ft/lb of torque @ 3600 rpm on a stock turbo. Is that possible? Yes it is.

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