Today I've sorted one of things that's been bugging me for ages
When fitting a B&M/Fidanza style gearstick, they are just shorter above the pivot than the OE stick. So whilst the movement of the stick between gear changes is shorter (therefore quicker), you have to physically reach further to change gear. I find myself lifting my back slightly from the chair to do so - it's only a bit but that the bit that bugs me.
Anyhoo, whist a front seat was out the car for tweaking, I decided to have a go at a solution.
First job was to sort out the the lift reverse interlock that does do what it should and just likes to eat holes in gear gaiters
After a few mins with the Dremel.
With that sorted it was one with the main plan, which is simply to lift the gearstick tower 25mm on nylon spacers
The tower as standard which sits directly on the trans tunnel...
With spacers to you give an idea of the lift...
Well that all seem to work so it was time to fit it to the car, which is so simple with a cable shift as you have a lot of play to move the tower about, without having to mess about resetting the linkage.
After (notice the bolt tops are now visible above the carpet)
And finally, with it all put back together
Just had a 'round the block' test drive and it it's so much better with the knob just falling hand without the need to reach for it
Not bad for £3 for 10 spacers