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short shifter

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by tweakman, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. tweakman

    tweakman Member

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    i have a 97 pontiac sunfire (i know it sux STOP LAUGHING) but until i get a nicer car which may b a while. how could u make my own short shifter???
     
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    randerson165 Senior Member

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    all you have to do is cut the shift bar in between where it connects to the shift linkage and the ball joint, and then you will need add about 1/2 an inch in between where you cut.

    But make sure its sturdy for those fast and hard shifts !!!
     
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    Dman1100 Senior Member

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    i think the mounting position on a short shifter needs to be raised about a half inch too. It changes the angle and makes the distance between the tranny and shifter farther. That's my theory on short shifter problems.
     
  4. Canuck 93 Civic Si

    Canuck 93 Civic Si Senior Member

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    Just get a new shift lever off ebay. they are pretty cheap and you wont have to worry about breaking welds if you extend you stock shifter

    And for gods sake dont just cut down the top part of the shift lever, thats just dumb.
     
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    highperboi Senior Member

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    lol sunfires arnt that bad. they smoke me all the time at the runs
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    The concept of a short shifter is often mistaken. In fact, it's a mis-nomer.

    a Short shift is physically LONGER.

    it's all about leverage points. the shifter has a pivot point roughly 3/4 of the way down towards the linkages or cable depending on the car. simple pyysics will tell you that it takes a shorter throw up top when the bottom is longer.

    cutting the top does nothing... if its too tall, cut it, but its still the same distance to each gate.
    cutting the bottom makes your shift longer
     
  7. tweakman

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    ya i was prolly gonna get one off of e bay if i can find one i figured i could make one but that would suck if i broke a weld
     
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