View Full Version : is short shifting really worth it?

02-20-2003, 08:37 PM
don't really know anyone that has short shifted their ride....but is it worth it?

02-21-2003, 12:33 AM
depends on which kit, the cheaper the better. they all pretty much do the same thing. what kind of car will it be going in?

02-21-2003, 12:50 AM
don't really know anyone that has short shifted their ride....but is it worth it?

short shifter? I have a dc sports short shifter. makes a difference. + looks better inside the car with the shift knob is really low, more sportier. I dont know why more people dont have them.

02-21-2003, 02:31 PM
i hear they are a bitch to install. is this true?

02-21-2003, 07:39 PM
in some cars maybe. but i installed mine in about 30 minutes.

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02-22-2003, 12:53 PM
i hear they are a bitch to install. is this true?

I believe in a honda you have to remove the exhaust center pipe, which isn't too hard. but after than it's EZ street.

02-22-2003, 05:15 PM
i didnt have to remove any exhaust when i installed mine or when i did one on an integra. the stuff i removed inside the car was my center console. from the outside of the car i removed the linkage and replaced it while it was outside the car and then put the linkage in the car with the short shifter already in. dont forget to grease the area where the ball sits. dont be shy with the grease either. not enough grease or no grease at all will make the shifter feel hard to move like something is resisting it.

02-25-2003, 11:01 AM
I just took mine in because you have to get under the car and I have nothing to get me under my car. The guys I took it to were Honda specialists and took them about 30 minutes and I paid 32 bucks (65 an hour)

02-25-2003, 12:52 PM
hondasolsi, how often do you grind 2nd and 3rd...when racing/shifting fast

a short shifter is not needed

02-28-2003, 03:34 PM
people have a tendancy for their foot not to be able to keep up with their hand with a short shifter, but if you think you have a lightening fast left leg then go for it. i just power shift and call it a day, from what i can hear there isnt any delay between gears even with the stock shifter

02-17-2008, 06:20 PM
does anyone have a pic showing the basics of how a short shifter is quicker then a stock tall one....

i know how it works and i run a B&M short with a countersunk and weighted voodoo knob, but i want to show someone how it works

any help would be appriciated

02-17-2008, 08:51 PM
short shifters suck, unless you have super long arms or like sitting close to the airbag when it blows in your face

02-17-2008, 09:48 PM
I don't like them either, they are awkward to use imo.

02-17-2008, 10:42 PM
short shifters suck, unless you have super long arms or like sitting close to the airbag when it blows in your face

what car did you rock it in..i have a crx, so everything is relatively close, and im a dip and dont have airbags.lol

I don't like them either, they are awkward to use imo.

just wondering whats awkward about them? like did you just have a bad brand? or something i dont know about?

02-17-2008, 10:50 PM
^^Just a matter of personal preference I guess. I'm not saying their stupid, I just don't like em; might be nice in a CRX where there's not a lot of headroom. As far as brand goes, the shifters themselves don't vary much, probably be okay with anything.

Here are some nice-looking ones for the CRX, real cheap too!


02-18-2008, 10:21 PM
check this out...this is the setup that i run.

B&M short throw with a teem Voodoo counter sunk weighted knob.

i now also have 2 gauges where the radio would go, so there isnt a huge gapping hole:-D

and i guess i get what your saying with personal pref. thats cool. to each his own right?

02-19-2008, 10:37 AM
Pretty cool, it's all about what the driver is comfortable with. For example, I've tried a bunch of different shift knobs and I hated most of them. The one I am using now is tiny compared to that one you're using; I'm not even sure I like this one better than the factory one. As far as short shifters go, the primary reason I don't like them is leverage. Since the shifter is shorter, I get less leverage making it slightly more difficult to shift my civic. I have long legs and sit pretty far back so it's not very practical. If I had something smaller, like the the CRX, then maybe it would be different.

02-19-2008, 11:06 AM
i just got one from a friend (freebie) waiting to install it but two of my buddies have em in their DA's and the look really nice and feel good but it seems like they're for short ppl lol most tall (tall >= 5'10) dont like em

02-19-2008, 06:26 PM
im 6' 2" lol but yes in a crx no problem really.

but i get what you mean about leverage, i guess i got used to it now so im good, kinda like missing my powersteering....but im ok now:roll:

02-27-2008, 12:57 PM
I personally don't like them cause they always seem to rattle against the exhaust. At least the two I had rattled on the EF and the EK. The EF has a 2.5in midpipe. The EK has a 2.25. So that may be why.

03-23-2008, 03:48 AM
yeah mine rattles on the exhaust too. still a great buy for me though. im a 5'9 asian dude though, im pretty comfortable with it.

03-30-2008, 01:56 PM
i fixed mine up real good, took that bitch off, heated it up with a torch and bent it to make it closer to me


04-13-2008, 06:12 PM
Slightly old thread but...

I like my home-modified true short throw shifter.

Originally posted on Honda-Tech

TITLE: Was bored this Easter Sunday (Short Throw Shifter)

Beautiful driving weather here in NC, but too bad for me the newly running Hatchback doesn't have tags yet. After a day of mowing, tree trimming, I decided to play with my MIG Welder some more.

The end result of my 35min experiment.

FULL SIZE: http :// img99 . imageshack . us / my.php?image=0323081604eb4.jpg

Original OEM shifter was 2 inches of movement up top, from neutral to any gear, while the bottom end moved 1/2 inch. After I added some solid round steel between the pivot ball and lower joint the end result was 1 inch of movement up top equals 1/2 inch below. As you know, doing what I did leaves the cabin part of the shifter unchanged in height etc. FYI, The OEM shifter is hollow not solid.

Just thought I'd share a little part of my day.

(Yes, I know there's a ball of stray metal but I had excellent penetration throughout and it sure beats the poor factory rusted weld that was holding the original one together.)

Feels much better now and with no change in height; so no leaning my 6ft 2in arse over to shift.

04-13-2008, 07:11 PM
I have never installed a short shifter but i have one on my teg and i love it. No effort at all. I would recommend it.