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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 4:04 pm 
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Hey guys. Has anyone shortened there manual gear knob from there gear shifter. I am looking at shortening it approx 5cm. Is there anything i need to know other then i will need to cut it short and thread it on the gear stick.

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 5:42 pm 
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You may be able to cut it and re-thread it....
A mate of mine made a new one up at work, which was shorter and works great! If you know someone that can work with metal at all, you could probably ge them so make one, couldn't imagine it would be too expensive.
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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:17 pm 
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From what i have been told you need to cut it at the bottom and then reweld it as the top part is tapered and gets quite thick - eg you will be left with a shifter that is too fat to attach a knob to. I want to do the same thing but have not got round to it yet. I was also worried about how far away the shifter would sit when in 5th or 3rd.
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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:50 pm 
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I shortened mine, did it myself.
Just cut it in the middle then cut your 5cm of your offcut then reweld it.

Just think about it carefully though, I ended up bringing mine back to standard hight a month later cause it was a C***. It makes 1st gear to much of a reach in the pano. Dont know about sedans though

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:55 pm 
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as said above the shifter gets very thick and then goes flat at the box i just made a new one i found a bolt the same thread as the knob and then welded that to a flat bit of steel and then bolted that to the box

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:58 pm 
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Did you have any problems with reaching the lever - did the shortening make it further away?
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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 11:08 pm 
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yeah it did i am going to make another one and angle it like the original my one is straight and very very short it was a test shifter just have not got round to making another

not bad but

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 11:58 am 
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dvyvan wrote:
I shortened mine, did it myself.
Just cut it in the middle then cut your 5cm of your offcut then reweld it.

Just think about it carefully though, I ended up bringing mine back to standard hight a month later cause it was a C***. It makes 1st gear to much of a reach in the pano. Dont know about sedans though



Whoever the yoyo was who owned my XC before me did this, however he did a poor job of re-welding it, gear shift snaped off as I was reversing out of my driveway.

Make sure you weld it properly!

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 1:38 pm 
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My brother shortened the shifter on my EF (its now timmeh's). Just chopped about an inch or so off the top and then cut a new thread - I used to have an aftermarket gear knob though, but the standard knob went back on it too.

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:01 pm 
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madmax wrote:
dvyvan wrote:
I shortened mine, did it myself.
Just cut it in the middle then cut your 5cm of your offcut then reweld it.

Just think about it carefully though, I ended up bringing mine back to standard hight a month later cause it was a C***. It makes 1st gear to much of a reach in the pano. Dont know about sedans though



Whoever the yoyo was who owned my XC before me did this, however he did a poor job of re-welding it, gear shift snaped off as I was reversing out of my driveway.

Make sure you weld it properly!


lolol.......f**k i hope i did, or i should change trades :P

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:34 pm 
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k guys. its sounds like it can be done il get myself a grinder and get into it and c either weld it or rethread it whichever easier. but now the question is how much kw will i gain.lol. now now seriously is it harder to drive or annoying cos its shorther. i might pass or just shorthen it like 3cm i dont want it to be a b**ch i do enough city driving and the clutch is heavy as we all know in au's well mine is anyway.
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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:22 pm 
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cut it down it feels much nicer more like a sports cat instead of a truck!
from memory i just welded a new one to my liking much shorter. its about 1 or 2cm shorter then the center consol armrest.

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 2:51 am 
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Simple fix for a decent shifter... Go buy a Shifter of a Mustang T-10 box they reach more over to the drivers seat i have one im my car and it rocks... especially for the mrs who has short arms

 

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