In a separate thread, Dan (god) said that he would recommend the STi shifter as he thinks it is actually a C's shifter (they told him to do the STi one). That's why I'm going to go for that one (plus I can just finance it).BigRich said:That's what I would like to do to, but I know that all STI stuff isn't worth what you pay for it. If an $80 Kartboy is better than the STI, then I'd do that...
I would guess the shifter sits about 1.5" lower than the OEM unit. As well as having a shorter shaft section above the pivot, the section below the pivot is longer, hence compounding the increased leverage from a shorter throw. This in turn moves the pivot upwards, and thus causes the linkage to contact the metal plate. The plate removes with 4 bolts, and you can easily trim it with snips or a dremel. You don't have to remove much material, and I've read that alternatively some people just leave the plate off altogether. Another solution is that you can supposedly just loosen the bolts and move the plate a few mm so it clears the linkage, but I still had very light contact so I decided to trim.DoubleYourX said:Pace,
From the pictures I have seen, it seems that the shaft is about 1" shorter. Is that about what you see and does it seem too short or unnatural? How much of a problem is the trimming. Do you think it will be necessary in any case? It somehow surprises me that the short shifter makes contact with the frame where the regular one does not, since the throw is shorter and the diameter of the shaft is smaller?
Ok, well then at least let me offer an installation tip in case you do purchase a Kartboy: The instructions that they refer you to, tell you to pop the shifter down into the cup by pounding with a rubber mallet. This is an excerise in futility - don't waste your energy! The easiest method is to attach the linkage to the shifter first, then lever the shifter ball down into the cup by pulling back on the shifter.DoubleYourX said:Thanks, Pace, for the clear explanation. Don't remove the shifter for me, though. I don't want to be responsible for scratches on your interior.