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TiC Short Throw Shifter Prototype Testing Initial Review

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Initial review of Turn In Concepts Short Throw Shifter

After installation, I test drove the vehicle & returned with video footage of the TIC shifter installed. Then I went to Block Buster to exchange some movies last night & drove to work this morning. The TiC shifter has about a 30% reduction in throw & is MUCH more precise feeling through the gate than the stock unit. This improvement felt about as good as I remember the front shifter bushings did after their installation. But like the front shifter bushings, there is more feed back through gear shifter after doing this mod & it has a more notchy feel now. But thats not a bad thing, since it really lets you know for certain when you are completely in gear. I've been spending time at the track during the last 6 months & have noticed most racing shifters have this same characteristic with some you can actually hear the shifter going into gears. Should have no more problems with missing a gear....

Stock 6sp M/T shifter with TiC front shifter bushings installed

[nomedia=""]YouTube- TiC stock shifter vid.AVI[/nomedia]

Turn In Concepts short throw prototype shifter with front shifter bushings installed

[nomedia=""]YouTube- TiC Short Throw Shifter vid2.AVI[/nomedia]

As for the install, just follow the TiC directions for the front shifter bushing replacement. First remove the center piece of exhaust & set it aside,

Then drop the front of the exhaust down after pulling it loose from the hanger. You should now have enough clearance to easily remove the heat shield. Once you pull the heat shield out, drop down the front of the drive shaft so you can access the shifter.

You don't have to remove the entire shifter assy like when replacing the front shifter bushings. Instead just remove the rubber boot covering the under side of the actual shifter.

There will be two 8mm bolts holding a metal ring in place that keeps the shifter in the proper position. Once these two bolts & the metal ring are removed, you will need to work the shifter loose so it will slide out. Once it is out, remove the plastic gurdle that encases the white pivot ball of the stock shifter. You will need to install this on the TiC unit when going back together.

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added initial mini-review to OP

So, in your opinion is this a go? If so I have 90+ levers here that I can get set up with a intro buy today.
I say throw down an introductory price & let 'em fly. At the price point you mentioned to me, it'll murder the TWM offering.

I will say that I would have preferred a little more height & the shifter moved more to the left. But, I realize that this is a personal preferrence & most may not agree. In fact TWM markets their shifter as being over an inch shorter than stock & they use this as a selling point, so maybe folks prefer a shifter with shorter height :dunno: As far as moving it over more toward the driver, this may not even be an option, as it may cause rubbing with the unibody or other components. Anywho, TWM has a shifter extention that I could pick up & install on track days.

The only things that I've noticed thus far with this shifter (doesn't really bother me much) that may cause concern are: 1) shifter rattle at idle under load (i.e A/C on). Note: I didn't have the "rattle issue" from the stock unit that people have complained about in the warranty section. 2) If you leave your hand on the sifter while driving, you may pick up a droning noise. I know proper driving dictates that you do not leave your hand on the shifter & rather have both hands on the wheel, except when shifting, but I suspect many do leave their hand on the shifter & this should be noted. I wasn't going to mention these 2 concerns until I had a chance to double check my installation to confirm the problem didn't lie with the install. I will update once I have a chance to recheck my work.

WOW Still running stock exhaust?
Yeah, was waiting on ARK to release their single exit & offer Semi-Sponsorship. Now scratching up money to get 'er done. Trying not to increase power at this point though...

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Update on TiC shift lever;

I've been driving using this shifter now for over a week & I am still very impressed. I could not go back to using the stock shifter after having gotten used to this one. In fact I have the stocker on ebay for sale as I'm typing this. If you want a precise short throw shifter that lets you know by feel & sound that you are in gear, you will be interested in taking advantage of the excellent value this shifter provides.

Not to mention it is at a 20% discount for another week. :clap:

^^^Shadouwynd, I moved you post for ya. Somehow it was it the post your pics thread.

Anyhow, I chose to do my TiC shift lever swap just using 2 jack stands & the floor jack this time as you can see by my photos. My employer is starting to give me a hard time about working on my car at work & I wanted to see how difficult it would be at the house. Its been a while since I've done any work w/o a lift, although I still have kneumatic tools to use on some of those harder bolts in the exhaust you spoke of. Also a nice large pull bar is always an asset. Doing this at home took about an hour total this last time, but I have a pretty decent mechanical background, have had my shifter out before, have power tools & pull bars etc at my side.

The shifter will smooth out the more you use it & yes you have to get used to shifting again, because it feels completely different. I agree it is noisier & feels stiffer, but not really harder to engage if that makes sense. I'll put it this way, I can shift with just 1 or 2 fingers on most shifts with very little effort. I may post a video showing this, because my original vids have my hand under the knob to show the distance of throw before & after short throw shifter installation.

Thanks for your review

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