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    1. Member aerohead06's Avatar
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      02-13-2012 05:11 PM #1
      Has anyone installed a short shift kit on their GLI? I saw ECS tuning has one for the 2.0T, I'm guessing it fits all the FWD 2.0Ts just wondering if anyone got it for the MKVI GLI...

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      02-13-2012 05:27 PM #2
      Just got a dieselgeek short shift kit for my GLI. Its solid, but still pretty stiff because I just put it in. Im loving how it feels though. Take a look at it if you haven't seen it yet.
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      02-14-2012 09:11 AM #3
      Still waiting for ECS to get their "Euro" shifter back in stock. I've already cut down the shifter lever about 1 1/2" and that felt pretty good for overall height. I like the tightness of the side to side shifts with the OE shifter, but want a reduced fore/aft throw reduction. For $50, its worth a try. I'll do a write-up when I get it in.

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      02-15-2012 01:29 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by shortybdub View Post
      Still waiting for ECS to get their "Euro" shifter back in stock. I've already cut down the shifter lever about 1 1/2" and that felt pretty good for overall height. I like the tightness of the side to side shifts with the OE shifter, but want a reduced fore/aft throw reduction. For $50, its worth a try. I'll do a write-up when I get it in.
      Do you think the dealer would give you any crap for it? What part did you exactly cut to shorten the height?

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      02-16-2012 12:10 PM #5
      What's the difference between the euro ss kit and the adjustable ss kit from ECS?

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      02-16-2012 12:14 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by stumpjump View Post
      Just got a dieselgeek short shift kit for my GLI. Its solid, but still pretty stiff because I just put it in. Im loving how it feels though. Take a look at it if you haven't seen it yet.
      Ya I was reading bout it. Was the install difficult and do you think the dealer would say anything bout it?

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      02-16-2012 03:02 PM #7
      It something you always have to feel out but generally most dealers dont care as long as you dont go overboard with the mod. In the case that something breaks directly because of what you put on, put on old part go about it that way. I love the shifter, its just starting to finally wear in and it feels great. Haven't missed a single shift yet.
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      03-04-2012 05:42 PM #8
      I checked out the ss from dieselgeek, neuspeed and ecs and decided to go with the one from ecs. I just put it on yesterday and holy crap it is EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE! The shifts are unbelieveably short. Install wasn't too bad, getting the old one off was a bit tricky as well as lining up the new one with the teeth and shoving it in. If you are looking for a TRUE short shift I would recommend this kit. If you are not the greatest stick driver, you'll have trouble getting use to it and prolly better off without it.

      I don't know if I used too many of the weights but its kinda tricky to find neutral at times. I felt out the other adjustments and decided I mite as well keep it all the way in the 49% reduction hole.

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      03-05-2012 09:58 AM #9
      Nice job. Obviously you can adjust the shift throws with that shifter if they are too short for you. Still waiting for the Euro shifter from ECS (I don't want or need an adjustable one).

      Got a couple positive comments from the service guys when I took the car in for it's courtesy check. First tech said that he knew something was different about the shifter, but didn't know what. I told him that I simply cut down the shift lever, he said that was one of the best free mods he has seen in a long time. Does not affect the shifter assembly inside the car or at the trans, so would not be a warranty concern. Service manager and 2 techs backed this up, at least on my car .

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      03-05-2012 12:32 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by shortybdub View Post
      Nice job. Obviously you can adjust the shift throws with that shifter if they are too short for you. Still waiting for the Euro shifter from ECS (I don't want or need an adjustable one).

      Got a couple positive comments from the service guys when I took the car in for it's courtesy check. First tech said that he knew something was different about the shifter, but didn't know what. I told him that I simply cut down the shift lever, he said that was one of the best free mods he has seen in a long time. Does not affect the shifter assembly inside the car or at the trans, so would not be a warranty concern. Service manager and 2 techs backed this up, at least on my car .
      Ya I still need to cut mine. Do you have the round ball shift knob? Some GLI do and some have the other kinda bulkier shift knob w a grip. Thats the one I have lemme get a pic for u so u no what I'm talking bout. Was it easy to cut it and throw on ur stock knob? I was thinking of getting a new knob.

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      03-05-2012 04:20 PM #11


      Why do I have this shift knob!?

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      03-05-2012 04:49 PM #12
      Never knew that knob existed. Kinda glad I have the round ball.

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      03-05-2012 04:51 PM #13
      that's an SE convenience nob

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      03-05-2012 04:58 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by WakingTh3Fall3n View Post
      that's an SE convenience nob
      So some GLI's came with that knob or did owners put them on and ditch the ball shift?

    15. 03-05-2012 08:21 PM #15
      What did you use to cut the shifter? I like this mod a lot. Also, how did you get the threads back in the shifter after you cut it in order to get the knob to screw back on?

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      03-05-2012 10:44 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by aerohead06 View Post


      Why do I have this shift knob!?
      My Autobahn has the same shifter.

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      03-06-2012 11:45 AM #17
      Ya the shift knob came like that. I think if you got ur GLI IN 2011 u got the round ball shift knob and H7 fogs, if you got the GLI IN 2012 you got the shift knob mine came with and H8 for fogs. I could be wrong but I've seen both knobs and both bulb type fogs. I got mine this year and I have H8 fogs and that shift knob. My buddies sister got her GLI rite when they dropped last year and she has H7 fogs and the round ball shift knob.

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      03-07-2012 09:31 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by mk6gligrey View Post
      What did you use to cut the shifter? I like this mod a lot. Also, how did you get the threads back in the shifter after you cut it in order to get the knob to screw back on?
      Dremel cutting wheel. Zipped it off in about 30 seconds. No threads on the lever, knob just slips on and is held by a metal clamping ring.

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      03-14-2012 05:01 PM #19
      My knob was a lil different but I was still able to chope it down and threw on this knob which is an amazing combination with my ECS short shifter


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      03-14-2012 11:34 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by IslaTurbine View Post
      My Autobahn has the same shifter.
      i want to swap shifters...my ball shifter for urs..u up 4 it?

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      03-15-2012 09:47 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by lovinmyjetta View Post
      i want to swap shifters...my ball shifter for urs..u up 4 it?
      PM me a pic of yours.

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      03-15-2012 11:53 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by lovinmyjetta View Post
      i want to swap shifters...my ball shifter for urs..u up 4 it?
      You really like that shifter better than yours? I can sell you mine if IslaTurbine doesnt wanna trade. I totally wulda traded you before but I bought this shift knob already.

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      04-23-2012 06:07 PM #23

      Shifting is effortless with this knob, it weights nearly 5 times as much as the other one.

    24. 04-23-2012 06:39 PM #24
      What is everyone using for a actual shorter rod? I hate how tall the knob sits
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      04-23-2012 08:54 PM #25
      People are dremmeling out the rod about an inch. Once you put the short shift in in pretty effortless. If youre having trouble shifting at that point maybe you need to hit the gym instead.
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