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Old 04-29-2004, 10:56 AM   #1
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Eric's DIY Short Shifter *Completed*

I had another guy on the board to make me a custom shifter using Eric's directions. I got it installed last night, and DAMN...what a difference. The throw is extremely short.....it almost seems like a fraction of the stock throw.

Install was somewhat of a bitch, when it come down to removing the bolt that connects the shift lever to the linkage...but by using a flat head screw driver and a 13mm socket, the job was alot easier.

Also, I chose to remove both parts of the reverse lockout. So now, I don't have to put the car in reverse to take my key out, AND I don't have to lift up on shifter to access reverse. Which means I can put a turbo timer on...IF I want.

Be sure not to shorten the linkage too much, because the linkage rod may hit on the edges of the assembly and make finding the gears difficult.

I'll take pictures once its totally complete (Im trying to attach an aftermarket shift knob).
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Old 04-29-2004, 11:09 AM   #2
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Hey that sounds awesome. I cant wait to do that to my car. How mush did the guy charge you? One more question what is a turbo timer, and why not using reverse lockout enable you to use one?>
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Old 04-29-2004, 01:01 PM   #3
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I owed him some parts so we decided to do a trade, but the a turbo timer is an aftermarket part that allows for the engine to remain running after you turn it off for a set amount of time. It keeps the engine on so the turbo can cool down naturally after hard driving and lots of boosting. Its just a cautionary measure that can help prolong the life of your turbo.

Most people with Saabs don't think its necessary, and just leave the car running for a few mintues before they get out. However sometimes I tend to forget and I make a lot of short trips where I drive hard.

The stock shifter assembly requires the car to be in reverse to remove the key...therefore a turbo timer (or remote starter) can't be used with our cars. BUUUTT I removed mine...so now I can use both
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Old 05-03-2004, 12:46 PM   #4
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Ya but now don't you risk the chance of slamming it into reverse if going for fourth gear by accident??
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Ya but now don't you risk the chance of slamming it into reverse if going for fourth gear by accident??
There's not much more of a risk than on any other normal car that doesn't have reverse lockout. Plus the tranny is spinning very fast in one direction, it'll be almost impossible for me to slam in reverse.
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Ya your just going to have to be careful. I know when i replaced my knob, I contemplated putting an aftermarket momo knob i have on but i was like i really don't want to risk ever throwing it in reverse. It just seems risky to me, but if your confident i don't want to put things in your head. Just looking out.
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I've had my momo shifter in for over a year now, and believe me if you dumb enough to slam it into reverse while driving, you shouldn't be driving. I would dare to say its nearly impossible to do.

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Just curious, but how many modern cars don't have reverse lockout? (I'd guess not many, especially if reverse isn't up and left of first...)
Is there any way to keep the lockout and gain the benefit of the short shift?
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Just curious, but how many modern cars don't have reverse lockout? (I'd guess not many, especially if reverse isn't up and left of first...)
Is there any way to keep the lockout and gain the benefit of the short shift?
There's alot of cars that don't use the reverse lockout. I work at Walmart TLE, and I know of a few cars that don't have it. Especially Hondas

You can both parts of the lockout if you want though with this shifter...no problem at all. Its just easy to remove it, for those who want.
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Yeah I did my DIY short throw a few weeks ago and love it. It makes the car a lot more fun to drive.
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