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#1 Caboobaroo

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Posted 02 October 2003 - 11:21 PM

thats right everyone, I chopped my shifter today. I took about 5 inches off of it and man does it feel great!!:headbang:

#2 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 02 October 2003 - 11:36 PM

I want to do that to my brat. Was actually thinking about it on the drive home from work today.

-Brian

#3 Wasteland

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Posted 02 October 2003 - 11:41 PM

I'm thinking of doing the same in my hatch, then putting the chrome skull handle from jc whitney on top!

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Posted 02 October 2003 - 11:52 PM

I have a push button 4WD shifter from an XT (pistol grip! yeah!) that I'm going to install in my turbowagon.. I'll have the shift linkage moved up an inch to give it a shorter throw without shortening the shifter, and I'm going to hook up the center diff in my RX transmission to the push button in the shifter :cool:

#5 eyesore

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Posted 03 October 2003 - 12:59 AM

Have that same shifter in my '78 wagon.
You'll love it, feels great!! :headbang:
(as for the button, I just pretend it fires the .50cals in the grille.)

#6 baccaruda

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Posted 03 October 2003 - 01:53 AM

hook it up to a squirt gun. you can fit a small windshield washer tank in the fender. mount the squirter under the front of the car.

#7 PHATBRAT

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Posted 03 October 2003 - 09:30 PM

Yeah, If they are hidden behind the grille that would be cool. Squirt some little kids while you are at a light and they are in a crosswalk. I would laugh my a$$ off.

#8 baccaruda

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Posted 03 October 2003 - 09:38 PM

i dropped off my shifter at the machine shop today :brow:

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Posted 03 October 2003 - 09:54 PM

man it's the most hilarious thing... my friend has a monstrous jeep with little exhaust and 37" krawlers, and he put a loudspeaker hooked up to a cb mic. Anyways, he plays this cd that has 1 song on it, it's that "move, bitch" song by Ludacris (i think). Anyways, he sticks the mic to the speaker on his stereo, revs his engine, and everybody will pull over for him. This loudspeaker is great for pranks, and he can vent his roadrage, and the other guy actually hears him. :D Just the other day we pulled the move, B*** thing on a little lowered honda with some kid in a car full of girls, god it was funny. He pulled over fast.
Hopefully I will be able to have the same effect in the subaru...
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#10 archemitis

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Posted 03 October 2003 - 09:57 PM

i ALWAYS chop as much of the shifter off that i can. then i take a piece of cardboard and poke a hole in it, then i stick it over the cut off shifter so i can weld it while its still in the car:headbang:
i weld the old threaded part back on the top and:banana: i can shift fast enough to make the tanny grind:-\ its great though. my brother does the skull with set screws, cuz he dont weld

#11 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 03 October 2003 - 09:59 PM

Can I just cut 3 or 4" off the shifter, and then thread the shifter again instead of welding the shifter back together? I dont like the idea of having welds on my shifter.

-Brian

#12 baccaruda

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Posted 03 October 2003 - 10:27 PM

moving the linkage connect tabs up an inch will give it a shorter throw too. easier to reach as well..

#13 Flowmastered87GL

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Posted 04 October 2003 - 02:20 AM

Originally posted by TheSubaruJunkie
Can I just cut 3 or 4" off the shifter, and then thread the shifter again instead of welding the shifter back together? I dont like the idea of having welds on my shifter.

-Brian



This is what I did Brian (on my 87 wagon that I brought to Johns place)

Cut the shifter linkage 2 inches, then thread the linkage on the remaining metal part with a 1.25 pitch die. Basically I used just as little of the metal AFTER the bend in the rod as i needed to have the knob fit on. using a shorter knob helps quite a bit too. (my brat is using my old 87 GL knob and it feels like driving an old school 1 ton chevy cause the stroke is so long)

anyway, EA82 how to cut and rethread the linkage is here:

My "short LENGTH" shifter

Oh, and I know the page says 1.75 inches, but it was really 2 inches... I fixed the shifter later and chopped off that extra 1/4 inch cause the boot wasnt staying on the knob.... now it is since I chopped that extra bit off :D




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