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Old 01-18-2020, 04:31 PM   #1
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Should I dial-out this play in my shifter?

Hey y'all. So, I was swapping shift cables, asd I have a set with half the miles on them from a parts car. I'm also waiting for Ben's new side- bushing to arrive from uniwerks.
In the meantime two questions y'all could weigh in on?

1. See the short video below. You'll see some fore-aft "slop". About an 1/8". If I'm seeing the parts correctly, I can dial that out with the studs in the ends of the cups?
Any reason I shouldn't? I mean, does the shifter bind if it's tightened up, or something?
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2. I took the cables out weeks ago..... and I'm older than I used to be, hahaha. Somebody check me: left cable (white) goes to the "front" lever on the 6-spd trans, and the right cable (geen) goes on the rear, correct?



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Old 01-18-2020, 04:40 PM   #2
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Nevermind..... I looked again. That play is there to stay. No adjustment.

Sorry.... long day. Cold garage. Haha

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Old 01-19-2020, 08:19 AM   #3
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Maytag, have you used the short shifter on-track yet? I have a short shifter, and am thinking about getting rid of it. The throws are so short, which is fine for the street, but on-track it's easy to get the wrong gear when you are busy trail-braking and steering into a corner and you need to downshift. I'll admit that I'm rusty, but it just takes too much focus on shifting to keep from blowing a shift. I never grabbed the wrong gear when I had the stock shifter.

From what I've read, the 987 shifter is right between the stock shifter and Ben's shifter. Maybe I'll get one of those.
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Old 01-19-2020, 10:47 PM   #4
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I've got the Ben's shifter on my track 986, and you'd have to pay me an awful lot to go back to the stock shifter. I had an issue with the stock shifter of hitting the gap between first and third when going up from second. No problems since I got the short shifter.
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:00 AM   #5
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Hmmmmm....... interesting question.
Yes. I've used the short shifter on track. But I haven't used the stock shifter on track, so I can't really compare.

I DO have the occasional difficult time getting into the correct gear while downshifting... but until you asked that question, I was ready to just simply chalk that up to "need more seat time". I am still working on muscle memory to help slow things down a bit. When I'm heel- toeing, blipping for 2 down shifts, starting my turn-in, etc.... it still feels a little frenetic on occasion. And this is when I sometimes grab the wrong gear. (Yeah.... the WORST time to do it. Hahaha)

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Old 01-20-2020, 05:12 AM   #6
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I've used stock shifter (rubbery and worn out), 987 shifter, much better, Ben's shifter, even better. Used all 3 extensively on track. Ben's is my favorite on the boxster.

On my Cayman I'm still on my original shifter, I have a 2nd Ben's but haven't been in a rush to install it since the Cayman shifter has been working well (even better than when I had one on the boxster somehow). And I subsequently scored a deal on a numeric shifter, so that will probably go in at some point...

I highly recommend Ben's and while I don't have the side bushing I'm sure it is great too.
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Old 01-20-2020, 06:36 PM   #7
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How does Bens compare to a B+M?
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Old 01-20-2020, 07:16 PM   #8
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How does Bens compare to a B+M?
Everything I hear is that Ben's is far superior. But I've only ever experienced Ben's.

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Old 01-21-2020, 04:54 AM   #9
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This is what I used on my CSS. Huge improvement from stock. Not sure how it compares to Ben's, but this was up there on the best $300 I've spent.

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Ben is about to finalize a prototype which I'm sure will involve stability. He haven't given much details in his last comment although I'm sure someone can ask and/or propose improvement(s). Best time to do so now imo i.e. while he's busy improving his already good shift kit!

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Everything I hear is that Ben's is far superior. But I've only ever experienced Ben's.

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The B+M is extremely short and does not work well with my 6 speed. I was wondering if Bens is less so. Would it be similar to the 997 SSK which I have been using for a while?

The 997 SSK is now worn and needs metal bushings.

An extended shift knob really makes the difference on six speeds.
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Old 01-22-2020, 06:20 PM   #12
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Does anyone have the installation instructions for Ben's side lever?
I'd sure love to review it before opening it all up. The package didn't come with anything but stickers. ;-)


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