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Old 09-13-2019, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default Shortened manual shift lever

One thing that irked me about my D22 was the l-o-n-g 5-speed shift lever. I found myself gripping it below the shift knob for a shorter throw.

Took it to a local welder who cut out the 4-inch internal rubber damper which connects the flared upper portion to the angled lower shaft that emerges from the transmission. Then the two solid-metal shafts were arc-welded back together.

Now the shifter has a satisfying gated, direct feel - more like driving a Z-car than a pokey old Fronty.

Turns out the rubber vibration damper gave the long shifter a spongy, vague action. Deleting the damper did not create excessive vibration. It did leave the transverse case shifter and the 5-speed shifter at about the same height, an aesthetic improvement.

Custom 1-3/4" porcelain shift knobs are by Twisted ShifterZ. These also enhance the driving experience. I'm not a fan of the low-end textured plastic OEM knobs.
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Old 09-13-2019, 09:31 PM   #2
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Looks good!
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Very nice.
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