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Old 03-08-2018, 05:48 AM   #1
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Short Shift kit

I finally decided to buy a short shoft kit (B&M). Shop wants $200 to install so I figured i would do myself. Doesn't look to bad. Anyhow, my 101 projects shows the plastic trim next to the hand brake just being popped off. So if I stick my fingers into the opening and pull out, the trim will release? I just want to make sure before I start pulling things hoping they pop out. Don't want to add any additional broken part costs.

Regarding the plastic bushing that needs to be trimmed out with a razor blade, any suggestions?

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This video and sort through Ben's Ball Bearing Short Shifter thread.

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Just did one myself. Trim part on e brake pops off. The plastic bushing I cut out with a sharp chisel. Couple of wacks, broke it, pulled out the pieces, old shifter comes right out. Once you get there it's pretty easy

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Regarding the plastic bushing that needs to be trimmed out with a razor blade, any suggestions?
I think I pried mine with a chisel and they flew off with a great velocity! And then I think I nipped some of them with a big pair of wire cutters.

Another good source of directions for getting the console and all the parts out is the instructions for the Function First Shift Right solution:

http://www.function-first.com/products/engine-trans/shift-right-solution

Their website seems to be down right now for me, but at the bottom of the product page for the Shift Right Solution, there is a link to a PDF that has really good instructions.

I've got Ben's shifter installed, it is doable for a "Regular" person
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I did my Porsche 987/997 short shifter ages ago but my recollection is that B&M had decent instructions for getting the console in and out
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Wow, thanks guys. I hope the feel is worth the money. I'll report back later.
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I did mine myself, got one from ebay for 65.00 bucks. The supplied bushing were way to small so it had lots of slop.I remade the bushings and bushing cups. Now I have a very positive feel .Nice addition to the boxster. So glad I own a machine shop..!
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Once all of the screws are out, the actual pulling out the console is a little fiddly, as it putting it back in. Now is a good time to get rid of the lousy "rubber" paint and refinish your console as well. The install of the shifter is very straight forward... While you are there is it also worthwhile to take a look at your cables on the trans end. They are prone to wearing out at the ball/heim joint and a short shifter will only exacerbate an issue if there is one. Easy to check but the rear end needs to come off the ground...
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I did my Porsche 987/997 short shifter ages ago but my recollection is that B&M had decent instructions for getting the console in and out
That is true
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What are you guys using to disconnect the cables from the shifter? Pry bar?
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What are you guys using to disconnect the cables from the shifter? Pry bar?
The gold colored clips? They were fiddly but there is a,way to unclip them, check the b&m instructions, I seem to recall they had the trick. I can't remember what it was though...
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Wow, thanks guys. I hope the feel is worth the money. I'll report back later.
I test drove 2 Boxsters before I bought one. One had a short shift and one didn't. It's a no brainer upgrade IMHO.
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What are you guys using to disconnect the cables from the shifter? Pry bar?
Oh, heck no. The shifter cable goes into the shifter very easily. The retaining portion is spring loaded and simply twists and pulls back from the cables and the end lifts out. If I recall they lock into that position as well. Mark your cable position at the shifter. The cables connect to the shifter housing with a clip. Pretty straight forward.
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Suggestions for removing knob? I do not see any screws holding it on. Do I just use all my strength and lift up. Turn counterclockwise and then lift. It did not want to turn freely. Where the knob meets the shifter, the rubber is soft where you can squeeze it in until the rubber meets the shift. This area is from the bottom to an inch up. Then the rubber gets firm. I hate forcing things. Please help, wife away, trying to beat her arrival. 😄
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Got it. Stood over and pulled up hard. Thanks
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Do I need this white piece that on the original, connected the pivot ball on shifter to the white plastic piece my finger is pointing to? The pivot ball is larger on B&M versus stock so it won't fit in the original plastic cube?
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I winged it and left out the plastic bushing. All back together. Shift is definitely shorter and a tighter. I'm glad it's over. Thanks everyone.
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