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Old 03-25-2005, 12:04 PM   #1
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MP Short Shifter vs Saab Savior Short Shiifter?

OK well I have manage to pretty much ruin my current rubber shift knob and I want to upgrade, but whats the point without going to a short shifter. Is the MP worth saving $130 for the headache of istalling it. It seems like it is a major PITA to install vs saabsavior where I can just put in the new unit. Are the throws on the 2 shfters comparable? Will I regret getting the MP once I start the install process. Anyone have experience with either?
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Old 03-25-2005, 12:11 PM   #2
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i think that it is worth ssaving the money, because it really does not take that long and it isn;t hard at all. so i say get the mp one. I am happy with it
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cool, how long did it take you and what did you use for a new knob, OEM? Also any pics?
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it took about 2 hours, the mp site has detaided installation instructions with pictures, i just used those. I just used an after market knob that you screw on to the top, and i attached the regular boot back on with a twisty tie under it. and I removed the reverse lock out becasue you can shorten it more
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o cool its thread for a aftermarket knob, that is good to know
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The install is a non issue... sure the MP is a little work but for 130$ less that makes up for it. The real difference is when you drive them. The MP performance STS puts alot of stress on the other shiter parts and causes them to break as well as the car to be harder and harder to drive. the MP part I think was the worst part ive had for my saab, the screw used to adjust the fulcrum is not steal, its alu so it stripped in 20 seconds. The shifter is just poorly designed. As far as the genuine short throw mine is on order and will be in soon.
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well i think ill be going with the saabsavior one, although MP will eventually will be getting my $$ for a new IC
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The MP performance STS puts alot of stress on the other shiter parts and causes them to break as well as the car to be harder and harder to drive. the MP part I think was the worst part ive had for my saab, the screw used to adjust the fulcrum is not steal, its alu so it stripped in 20 seconds. The shifter is just poorly designed.
I gotta say, the MP unit has come a LONG way from its original preliminary production stage. I was one of the first to buy the shifter, it has since, inherited a set screw for the ball, stopping it from coming lose, new ball bearings for the shift linkage, stopping this stress that boxerchip was talking about, and all for 75$ dollars Once you have the shifter unit out it is not hard to get the shifter itself out, so i think that the 130$ extra for the SS one is NOT worth it. I have had to take the shifter out probably 6 times now, each time it gets easier but, I really dont think the install is that hard. My vote would be to with the MP unit and put the other 130$ towards that IC. just my .02$
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you have had to redo it 6 times?? I just want to install and thats it.
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i agree with saabn, i have the new version of the mp and it has caused me no trouble, the only difference between the two is that you get a new housing with the other one, thats it, so i say save your money. And i have never had to take it out since i installed it.
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ok , does anyone know if the stock shift lever is threaded, so I could put a temporary aftermarket knob on there until I oreder the short shifter and leather knob
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no, the stock shifter has lines running down it so it glues well... but thats it.
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Old 03-25-2005, 06:35 PM   #13
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cool, I'll just wait til I get drunk, then a week later a short shifter will show up and surprise me. hehe
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i didnt know MP came out with a newer model.... that would have been nice to upgrade evryone who has the first version....

anyways.. i like the MP one because its cheap... and takes out the reverse lock out... but it did have problems with the ball staying set... (but thats been solved)
but i belive the SS ones new housing gets rid of the plastic in the housing.. to prolong the life of it under hard shifting...

yeah i had to take mine apart 3-4 times... im a pro at it now...
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haha yeah iwantaviggen knows what I am talking about here, I am a pro too.

jrbrangi- the stock shift knob is just glued on, all you have to do is crack it loose and it will come off. Use a big wrench and a towel or a pipe wrench, etc. you get the idea.
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