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Old 07-26-2007, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default Short throw shifter (cheap?)

As usual I tried to search but did not find anything related to the question.. (I suck at teh search engines on BBs..)

Has anyone ever purchased one of those cheap sub $100 shifters off ebay? If so, was it worth the money or huge waste? Seems so simple it'd be hard to go wrong, but I could be wrong...
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Old 07-26-2007, 06:04 PM   #2
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I've been think'n about getting one... but they don't get my turbo installed so I've been holding off the temptation.
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Old 07-26-2007, 06:41 PM   #3
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apparently they're nearly as good as the Mazdaspeed version... same basic design, but 250 bucks cheaper.

course I hated the mazdaspeed one so....
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I have a fidanza short shifter. Don't recall it being that expensive.

I like it a lot. Everybody who's driven my car has commented on it.
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I cut some more threads into my OEM shifter and then cut an inch off the top. I love it.
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there's a difference between a short throw, and short shaft.
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Old 07-26-2007, 08:29 PM   #7
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Its all about the fulcrum. Shifters are nothing but levers.
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I have one off ebay, and so far been very pleased with it.
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:33 PM   #9
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I have one off ebay, and so far been very pleased with it.
Bingo! You're one I've been looking for, someone that has one..

Which one do you have?
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I've heard good things about this one http://www.eastcoastmiata.com/shifter.html but have no personal experience. No affiliation to the seller...etc...
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I purchased this one a little over a year ago. Make sure that you have new Teflon bushings (2) for your shifter.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=8051921703
(No longer registered seller)

If it were me, I'd get this one on the cheap. I has all you need!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SHORT...em170134122430

EDIT: I thought I'd add this in because of NEO's post below mine
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This Short Shifter is made with high strength billet steel and nickel plated for ultra low friction and corrosion resistance.
100% 6061 T-6 Billet Steel Made
Chrome Finished -Mirror like, Chrome Plate for Longer Lasting
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you can pick up the fidanza one on there for $70. thats a good price for a good brand name imo. The main thing I worry about with the super cheap ones is that the metal might be porous and the shifter break on you during a hard shift.
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Before you buy a short-throw, get yourself a Voodoo **** and see if that gives you the feel/action you're looking for.
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I've used one of those ebay jobbies for the past few years with great results. Fulcrum is moved up kinda deal. My old roommate and I bought a dozen to get a better price (probably compariable to what they are now on ebay) and he or I may have an extra one lying around somewhere if you're interested.
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got one for about $30 on ebay, works great, although the bushing on the end of the shifter was crap, but it was like $4 at the dealership for a new one, cause I broke the original one when I tried to get it off the oem shifter shaft.
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Old roommate had one. It worked great. Replace you bushing on the end if it is bad though, that makes a big difference in feel. His was cracked and felt like ****, though the shifter itself appears to be good quality and definitely has a shorter throw. Plus it takes the lower shift boot out of the equation because of the way it bolts on.
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The second ebay link in Lola's post is the one that I am using. It use to be cheaper, but oh well. The one that I got was $15.00, and $12.00 for shipping. I also trimmed it down some so that the shifter **** sits lower, and got one of those 99 cent shift *****. Has worked really well so far, and like everyone else says, the bushings that they supply are ****, so plan on getting new bushings.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:31 PM   #18
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So I bought the 60$ shipped fidanza from ebay and it came today. No installation instructions so I had to mess with it for a few until finally figured it out. The shift is really short, but its a little more sloppy than I want when in gear. Can live with it, but just wanted to mention.

Uhm, Also I don't think this is an authentic product.. Did some research that claimed fidanza shifters are aluminum... this one is clearly machined steel.
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:08 PM   #19
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My fidanza is aluminum, was more than $60 (maybe double that, idk anymore), and isn't sloppy in any regard. Either they cheapend them, or you got a knock off.
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