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Link to product:

http://miataroadster.rpmware.com/miataroadster/miataroadster_short_shifter_kits/g-63251.aspx

The kit:



I sent an email to Bill Wilner at MiataRoadster asking for a shipping quote to Puerto Rico and he got back to me very quickly. A couple of quick exchanges later and he sent me a Paypal invoice. A few days later I received a nice heavy padded envelope in the mail!

This short-shifter kit isn't just the bare bones, it includes OEM replacement parts - two rubber shifter boots and a foam isolator - to replace the ones on your car that are most likely torn. The shifter shaft itself arrived fully assembled, with the OEM inner boot, gasket, nylon pivot piece, and delrin pivot bushing attached.

This short shifter works by adding a riser assembly to the the top of the transmission mounting area and extending the lower length of the lever arm below the pivot ball, thereby decreasing the amount of throw of the top of the lever to move the bottom.

The quality of the shifter arm is perfect; No flaws to be found anywhere.

The installation couldn't have been much easier. Remove your center console, insulation and foam, and upper rubber boot. (Mine had a small tear in it, nothing horrible, so I saved it as a spare.) Remove the three bolts holding the stock shifter on (the lower boot was very torn and turret oil had leaked down the sides of my gearbox!) and pull the shifter lever out. Remove the stock bushing and the wave washer under it. At this point I ran into my only snag - the OEM wave washer, which acts as a spring, had broken into three parts and two of them fell into the turret. I had to fish around in the opaque oil with needle-nose pliers until I got them out.

Install your new wave washer, bushing, then the riser assembly; I popped the delrin pivot bushing off the new shifter and installed it into the transmission first, then popped the shifter back into it. Tighten down your new longer bolts through the riser assembly, install your new outer rubber boot and center console, thread on the shift knob of your choice, and you're done!

All told the installation took me less than 20 minutes.

I have to say I LOVE the way this shifter feels. If it were the same length as the stock shifter, the throw would be extremely short due to the raised pivot. What sets it apart from other short shifters on the market is that it is long and angled towards the driver. It should be noted that this shifter was designed to be installed on either LHD or RHD cars. It falls very readily to hand; This is more of a comfort thing than a time-saving thing, but there are great benefits to having the shifter lever be longer. The shift knob is much closer to where your right hand rests on the wheel, and it allows you to use your whole arm to move the shifter, where the stock shifter is so low that the pivot is more of an uncomfortable angling of the wrist.

Despite the dramatic length increase of the shifter the throws feel about as long, and possibly slightly shorter, than the stock shifter. This is a very good thing. It has an incredibly direct, positive feel with no slop or unpleasant vibration while driving. It really has that bolt-action rifle feel that a shifter should have.

The price of this shifter is higher than others at $250, but the fact that it comes with new OEM replacement parts for your worn and torn items justifies the higher price over other short shifters. This is not just an aftermarket part, it's a true kit that comes with everything you need to refresh your shifter, including the Loctite for the new bolts.

Installed, with Voodoo textured knob:

 

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The price of this shifter is higher than others at $250, but the fact that it comes with new OEM replacement parts for your worn and torn items justifies the higher price over other short shifters. This is not just an aftermarket part, it's a true kit that comes with everything you need to refresh your shifter, including the Loctite for the new bolts.
Agreed 100%.
This makes it a no brainer in my book, as the OEM parts alone will cost you a nice little chunk of change.

I have the 6 speed version on my track NB and absolutely love it.
This is a fantastic product.

Moti
 

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Moti, I'm actually pretty sure your build thread is what turned me on to this shifter. You wrote a really glowing review of it for your 6speed box. Thanks!
 

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I have this on my '98 6speed NB and its great I love it I only had 1 issue and that was the lower bushing kept falling down the turret. I installed it then drove for about an hour or so then it would fall down of the end of the shifter so I put a new OEM bushing on and have had no problems since

It really is a great piece though
 

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Looking for something like this, but lots of kits come with replacement shifter wear parts for much less. $250 is a little steep.
 

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That's cool. It looks pretty nice. I'm really only commenting because I'm glad to have found another miata owner with the original oem radio. :p
 

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I have one of these shifters as well and it is excellent
 

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I purchased the stock height version of this for my 2001 NB 6 speed.
It is an awesome upgrade and has cured my 6 speed tranny quirks. I love the solid feel of it!!
:hello kitty:
 

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I've got one and I love it...
 

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Not I.
I installed on a 6 speed NB without issues and used plenty of grease.
especially on the shifter bushing which did stick to my finger once and had to re-seat it.
Initially the play feels stiff, but either I have gotten used to it or it breaks in to a smoother feel.
 

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Anyone else have a problem with the ball bushing getting stuck in the turret?
Had this problem. Bill and I are talking about a fix right now. He redesigned the shifter bushing and sent me one....ill know if it fixed it Monday
 

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Even with the new design bushing, I still find it kinda tricky finding reverse. That's my only gripe about it.
 
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