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Old 02-21-2008, 10:35 AM   #1
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Has anyone installed a short shift kit, and does it make a difference. Would like to make the shifts a bit quicker with my viggen, but not sure how it would feel...as in is it comfortable to change gear or does it feel like it is not in gear but is?
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Has anyone installed a short shift kit, and does it make a difference. Would like to make the shifts a bit quicker with my viggen, but not sure how it would feel...as in is it comfortable to change gear or does it feel like it is not in gear but is?
Better money spent is on the GS tranny mount and engine mount.

Before them I would often catch on shifts into 3rd and sometimes even 2nd. After them I get a really solid positive shift with far more confidence.

The MP shift kits are very hit or miss. I have heard stories of them breaking and also requiring a lot of tweaking to get them to work right.

That leaves the Saab Savior kit which I have hear decent reviews of but costs a lot and involves a core and a lot of work to put in.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:02 AM   #3
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Agree. The GS mounts are definitely a good investment and relatively easy to install, too.
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theres also dips DIY short sifter
http://photo.platonoff.com/Auto/2007...Short_Shifter/
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We are working on prototypes now. Problem is there is not a common bearing so you get slop at the bearing and shift rod interface. This causes problems. I have some custom bearings coming in 4-6 weeks and the rest mostly prototyped. They are very slick. Should be nearly drop in and fix all the problems of factory.
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We are working on prototypes now. Problem is there is not a common bearing so you get slop at the bearing and shift rod interface. This causes problems. I have some custom bearings coming in 4-6 weeks and the rest mostly prototyped. They are very slick. Should be nearly drop in and fix all the problems of factory.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:40 AM   #7
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This is going to be x2. I did the the DIY mod from Erics site back in the day and i loved every second of it. I have a spare shifter i was going to mod but if your coming out with a short shift kit sign me up.
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I have the MP. It has worked fine for me so far. I think the things i enjoyed most about it is the solid feel. To me the stock shifter had always felt kind of "hollow". The MP unit made if feel much more solid. then I added the GS trans mount and it got even better.

x3 on the GS Shifter... As long as it comes with that kick ass shift boot that you guys keep saying you are going to bring back!
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We are working on prototypes now. Problem is there is not a common bearing so you get slop at the bearing and shift rod interface. This causes problems. I have some custom bearings coming in 4-6 weeks and the rest mostly prototyped. They are very slick. Should be nearly drop in and fix all the problems of factory.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:43 PM   #10
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I have the Saab Savior one.

When nick gets his, I'm selling it.

I drew a picture of the current shift pattern for SPGproject one night. Here it is: (the 5th gear can be anywhere between the place I drew it and 3rd. It changes for no reason)
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fifth gear is overrated anyways.
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I have the Saab Savior as well (for over 2 years now) and mine shifts beautifully....I do not experience what is described above. Sounds to me like not properly aligned or some of the bushings further down near the tranny are worn out. I should note I have both the GS Poly trans mount as well as the passanger engine mount which does help tighten up the shift linkage.
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red dic has the one from MP maybe he will chime in...
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Saab Savior is chill if you like the feel of stiff shifting. i know from experience dood. i met up with my buddy Oldzmann and he gave me a ride in his Stage 4 viggen, which was no joke, the ride of my life. the shifting was real stiff when he left me try it. it wasnt my cup of tea.and it was probably cuz i didnttry driving it. maybe it might be a little different if the car was moving but i guess it depends on different peoples interested. but i am looking forward for the short shiter from you nick. i know you'll do a excellent job.



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I have the Saab Savior as well (for over 2 years now) and mine shifts beautifully....I do not experience what is described above. Sounds to me like not properly aligned or some of the bushings further down near the tranny are worn out. I should note I have both the GS Poly trans mount as well as the passanger engine mount which does help tighten up the shift linkage.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:47 PM   #15
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We are working on prototypes now. Problem is there is not a common bearing so you get slop at the bearing and shift rod interface. This causes problems. I have some custom bearings coming in 4-6 weeks and the rest mostly prototyped. They are very slick. Should be nearly drop in and fix all the problems of factory.
Thats awsum Nick. I am just gathering some cash together and then will put in a big order. Would like to order a whole lot of stuff and install it all at once. Will keep in touch.
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damn you nick. i'm never going to have money again, because i seem to give it all to you
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i have the MP, and its just like Palmer's shift pattern, except the float in each gear allows overlap with the one next to it (except 5th). So 1st and 3rd are just as close as 2 & 4
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Old 02-21-2008, 10:13 PM   #18
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Also have the MP.... definitely not worth it for all the work that I had to put in to get it working.

I'll be looking forward to seeing what Nick comes up with
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damn you nick. i'm never going to have money again, because i seem to give it all to you
Ditto. but well worth it.
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They are very slick. Should be nearly drop in and fix all the problems of factory.
Just what I need - News of another fine product from GS... Okay, I'm in line, too. So, this makes three items to wait for GS... Steering wheel, Shifter, Strut-brace...

I'm running out of daughters to take to the pawn shop
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