Just wanted to voice the fact that I ran the BD short throw shifter this entire week since last saturday and was never more impressed with ease of shifting and control as when I put the STOCK
assembly back in yesterday...
Upon installation I refused to even use the hardware that came with the kit. I instead used some class 12 recessed allen head bolts identical to the OEM pieces except obviously in length. It came with maybe grade 5 hex head bolts with cheezy washers under the heads. Theres no room for that bs next to the tower (not comfortably) and besides, I could just see one of those breaking off in the transmission case. Not to mention the "That just looks cheese-dick" aspect that I wasn't willing to accept.
Anyway, no big deal, swapped out the hardware and it went in fine.
Problem is, it moved the damn shifter up about an inch
. That's real professional. Totally threw off the ergonomics of the shifter. So you imediately feel like you just sat down in an OTR tractor, or an old dumptruck.....not exactly performance inspiring to say the least.
But the biggest issue was the fact that it shifted like crap. The shifts felt like crap, and the shifting effort made it feel even worse. Obviously this is due to the sacrificed leverage for the sake of increased travel speed.
Basically, if they had wanted to do this right they wouldn't have changed the ratio that far (too hard to shift, and pattern was actually too tight for a big tranny to work properly) and they would have SHORTENED the damn shaft accordingly. OR.....for damn near 300 bucks they could include a new freakin shifter lever altogether.
Not well designed, although other than the issue with the chezzy hardware, it was well made.
Just wanted to get that out there in case anyone else might be swayed to give it a try as well.
Stock assembly is 300% smoother and more controllable IMO