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      02-27-2006 11:08 PM #1
      Given the "cutting shifter" posts and all that, I felt I had to take some type of leap.

      Take 1 stock shifter lever. And two chunks of metal, same thickness, about 1.5" long each
      (No, I don't measure... Did this all by eye... rulers are no fun..)

      Chop that chunk about somewhere in the middle.

      Weld the two plates to it about 1/2" or 5/8" longer or so... again, no ruler..


      Install that chunk o ugly weld into your 020 trans... and..

      Yup, its a real short shifter folks. My shift throw went from 5.6" at the top of the shifter, down to 4"...
      Does not, and cannot "hit shift linkage" or "harm syncros..".. I have a cut away trans if you don't think so...

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      02-27-2006 11:09 PM #2
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      02-27-2006 11:10 PM #3
      Thanks, they keep my hands pretty.

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      02-27-2006 11:12 PM #4
      i love hillbilly stuff.

    6. 02-27-2006 11:12 PM #5
      so how did you measure the shift throw?

    7. 02-27-2006 11:13 PM #6
      nice job it looks good [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      02-27-2006 11:14 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by Mr Kai »
      so how did you measure the shift throw?

      Well, I DID use a ruler for that.. well a dial caliper.

      Measured in the car... at the top of the front of the shifter...

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      02-27-2006 11:15 PM #8
      today i just found out i had a sachs clutch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10. 02-27-2006 11:16 PM #9
      looks good, i would have done the same if i had a decent welder and the confidence in my welds so i wasnt left stranded somewhere. do you think it should be as square as possible though? i can see problems with the gears not engaging properly because of this maybe not i dont know for sure

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      02-27-2006 11:18 PM #10
      Naa.. dude, there is sooooo much room to play with this design... If the lever is straight, its gonna work. I just held it with vice grips when I welded it... 120V gasless mig deal.. All this adjusts is the "front to back" throw, not side to side...

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      02-27-2006 11:18 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by GotCandy »
      today i just found out i had a sachs clutch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      02-27-2006 11:20 PM #12
      i could have sold you my short shifter
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      02-27-2006 11:20 PM #13
      it wont work.

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      02-27-2006 11:23 PM #14
      you really should adjust it afterwards [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    16. 02-27-2006 11:23 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by Dan J Reed »
      Naa.. dude, there is sooooo much room to play with this design... If the lever is straight, its gonna work. I just held it with vice grips when I welded it... 120V gasless mig deal.. All this adjusts is the "front to back" throw, not side to side...

      yeah thats true, i guess it doesnt have to be exact, either way it looks good and you saved some cash. mass production and you could be making millions

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      02-27-2006 11:24 PM #16
      [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      02-27-2006 11:30 PM #17
      Sorry for being the layman, but what is different about it aside from being cut and welded..
      What, in the design, reduces the throw.

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      02-27-2006 11:32 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by GotCandy »
      today i just found out i had a sachs clutch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


      DIY stuff is the way to go, nice job

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      02-27-2006 11:43 PM #19
      I believe it is a leverage thing.
      A____^__B
      2 ^ 1
      A________ ^ __B
      4 ^ 1
      B is the shifter, A is the lever on the tranny.
      It takes the first one twice the length to push the other side the same distance. I think
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      02-27-2006 11:43 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by brobsrabbit »
      you really should adjust it afterwards [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      Dan knows what hes doing man

    22. 02-27-2006 11:49 PM #21
      seems like a good idea cuz other short shift decrease the leverage and make it harder to shift while urs actually makes it easier to shift. Youd think some company would have though of that before.

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      02-27-2006 11:54 PM #22
      Shift linkage removal.
      first step remove retaining pin for shift weight, move shift weight out of the way of linkage.

      second step remove ball joint. I used a thick flat tip screwdriver. i put the blade under the ball joint and twisted. then i pulled up and the piece came right off. make sure you unclip it first before prying.


      finally use a 13 mm wrench to loosen the nut holding the lever on. then sumply pull the lever off. mine came off easiest in the upright position. 13mm nut can be seen in picture above.
      here are the two linkages in side by side position.



      From first glance it is a thick piece of metal, and seems like it will be tough to bend. therefore i will be using a torch to heat it up. it appears that the autotech is simply a cut and modified stock piece.
      you will need to make the s bend in the piece right angles. bend the first bend further until it is a 90.

      in that picture i went slightly past 90, but it shouldnt make much of a difference.

      next bend another 90 until the part where the shift weight went into is parallel with the b all joint.

      it should look like this when its done.


      make sure the shift weight hole part of the lever is straight, not wavy. now drill your hole where you want it and put back in your bushing andd youre ready to go. i do not have the drill bit big enough to drill the hole so i wont be able to test it today. but as it is now it is stll probally close to a 30-35%% reduction.




      Modified by yeayeayea at 6:17 PM 4-21-2009

    24. 02-28-2006 12:27 AM #23
      good job man ... but those are some ugly ugly welds

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      02-28-2006 01:10 AM #24
      the method i shoed is one i did a while ago modeled after the autotech short shift. the piece i modified was originally a stock piece. modifying this piece reduces the up and down throw. doing the piece dan did reduces up and down as well i believe, but my method doesnt require welding for those who cant do it.


      Modified by yeayeayea at 9:11 PM 2-27-2006

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      02-28-2006 01:13 AM #25
      I guess one of the mods should add this to the DIY page for the complete DIY short shift thread.

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