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Old 03-23-2014, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default 99-01 6-speed shifter compatibility

Just picked up a 00 6-speed, however, it lacks the shifter/shift lever.

What's the compatibility with these? I'm wanting to throw something on Super Cheap(tm) for a temporary solution. I've ran into all sorts of conflicting information, including one shifter that supposedly works for all 99-05 6-speeds, but another that claims it's for everything 89-01 and for all 01-05 5-speeds, but it won't work on a late-01-05 6-speed.
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Well MiataRoadster breaks down their shifter options as 99-01.... Not sure if something would be different with the stock shifters that would make a 99 not work in a 00 trans...

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Check with The Partsgroup - Mazda Miata & RX8 Used Parts they have lots of used parts.
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Yeah, that's what I was wondering. Based on what MiataRoadster's specs say, I should be able to use my 5-speed shifter in the 6-speed, which is happy days for me.
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Yeah, that's what I was wondering. Based on what MiataRoadster's specs say, I should be able to use my 5-speed shifter in the 6-speed, which is happy days for me.
??? I didn't see that?!? They break it down for the 5spd and there are separate boxes in the chart for the 6spd shifters
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??? I didn't see that?!? They break it down for the 5spd and there are separate boxes in the chart for the 6spd shifters
Read their specs closer. The 5-speed and the early 6-speeds have the same specifications with respect to ball size and whatnot.

(Edit) Ah hell, and then I read the specs closer. To complicate matters, all NB1/NB2 6-speed shafts have the same shorter distance between the axes of the fulcrum ***** and tip ***** vs. all NA/NB 5-speeds. - *****.
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Read their specs closer. The 5-speed and the early 6-speeds have the same specifications with respect to ball size and whatnot.

(Edit) Ah hell, and then I read the specs closer. To complicate matters, all NB1/NB2 6-speed shafts have the same shorter distance between the axes of the fulcrum ***** and tip ***** vs. all NA/NB 5-speeds. - *****.
Ahhhh I see now! Thanks!
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WHAT?!?! That seriously can't be right
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I mean, if Rosenthal says they are all the same...

I'd be inclined to trust Rosenthal.
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Just picked up a 00 6-speed, however, it lacks the shifter/shift lever.

What's the compatibility with these? I'm wanting to throw something on Super Cheap(tm) for a temporary solution.
I'm in the exact same boat as you right now, bought a 6 speed without a shifter and now I get to try to figure out a viable option without spending $300.
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I mean, if Rosenthal says they are all the same...

I'd be inclined to trust Rosenthal.

That looks right to me.
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That looks right to me.
So $120 for an OEM replacement? I'm ok with this
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... I should be able to use my 5-speed shifter in the 6-speed, which is happy days for me.
Why not just bolt it on and see if it works?
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IIRC the early 6-speed I put in my '95 had two locating pins in the turret while all 5-speeds only have one pin, meaning a 5-speed lever would not work in a 6-speed without removing one of the pins from the turret. That's assuming everything else about the 5-speed lever fits and works. I'm guessing that the PKM528-17-510A is a 6-speed lever for use on all 5-speeds (backwards compatible?) and the early 6-speeds, but hard to see in the picture if it has one slot or two slots to accommodate the locating pins.

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IIRC the early 6-speed I put in my '95 had two locating pins in the turret while all 5-speeds only have one pin, meaning a 5-speed lever would not work in a 6-speed without removing one of the pins from the turret.
This is correct, I just pulled my shifter (2001 6 speed) last night to rebuild it, and it has 2 locating pins with no bushings. The 5 speeds I believe have 1 pin w/ a nylon bushing.
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I think you can remove one of the pins to get a 1-pin shifter to fit. My 99 5-speed had 2 pins but I got the ebay short shifter I bought to fit. Well the bottom bushing didn't fit but with a hammer I was able to tap out the front pin.
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I have a stock 6 speed shifter I could part with if you need it.
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I also bought a '00 6-speed. My '99 5-speed shift lever was a perfect fit for it.

99-00 6-speed transmissions have a small pivot ball on the shift lever, 01+ 6-speeds have a larger pivot ball on the shifter.
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I "Might" have a 6spd shifter I could part with from a 99' .... It all depends on how the stock shifter feels when I throw it in this weekend. I really want the miataroadster extended shifter
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