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    Smile Sorted Short Shift

    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

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    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.

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    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

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    All becomes clear!

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    That's only part of today's chores

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    looking good geoff!

    no nobsock?
    Observe the masses and do the opposite

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    Nope - I decided to go 'catholic' for the photo

    it's back on now tho

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    Very nice! I did always think you must have to reach further to change gear with a short shift (if that makes sense).
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    Good work, know what you mean about the lift reverse eating gaiters!

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    Looks nice

    A thing i miss with the astra is a bit higher center console so you can rest your arm on it whilst changing gears..

    Something like this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linea Oro View Post
    A thing i miss with the astra is a bit higher center console so you can rest your arm on it whilst changing gears..
    Can't say I have that problem




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    what kit do u use for the short shifter and ca be used on a 1.8?

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