I’m not sure about you guys but aside from the abysmal clutch windows on the 6MTs (a shared opinion?), I wasn’t too keen on the “short throw” of the OEM short-throw shifter.
Maybe I’m more sensitive to it because I drive 64 miles each way from north of Baltimore, down 95 -> 495W and to McLean on a daily basis, but frankly it was turning into a full upper-body workout. On average I spend between 4 and 5 hours a day behind the wheel, so I have plenty of time to assess its function! Honestly, the factory non short-throw in my EVO was shorter.
I decided on the Stillen unit (Purchased from Stillen HERE), having been happy with past gear as well as the specs provided. Had I been writing some in-depth review for some ‘rag, I’d have taken some nice comparison shots, broke out the protractor, etc etc. However, the installation was somewhat rushed due to my accident in December… After fracturing my wrist for a second time, I had nerve damage and those long throws were becoming an issue. I needed short, clean and crisp.
Knob-wise, I chose the NISMO Open-O Titanium knob, which is little more than a turned-down chunk of titanium with “NISMO” engraved on the side, and a selection of gear “medallions” for 5 or 6spd transmissions. These medallions are discs of titanium with the shift patterns engraved in them and filled with enamel to make them more visible. They each have an adhesive backing, and fit flush in a recessed area on top of the knob. Nothing to catch, snag, wear and/or rub!
The install of the short-shifter was a no-brainer until it came time to remove the nylon collar from the original shifter… Honestly, I’d have paid Stillen an additional $15-20 just to not have to experience that chaos. They warn you in the instructions about not breaking it… well, the beating that you have to unleash to remove it leaves you wondering if you’re going to have to order a new one and be without your car until it arrives!
Finally, nowhere in the instructions do they mention lube… I’m all about the lube, lemme tell ya! Without it, it was kind of “blocky” feeling, NOT BUTTER SMOOTH! A little Red Line CV-2 grease and it was g2g!
Now keep in mind, this setup is LOW. Really tall people and/or people who require use of their cupholders need not apply!
But I can palm <-> fingertip my shifts now, without moving the rest of my arm… mission accomplished!
EDIT: I also posted this review to the myg37.com forums, which you can check out HERE!