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Old 05-11-07, 11:13 AM   #1
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Short shifters

Somebody suggested I get short shifters to "pimp out" my car. Of course I don't really care about that, and I won't get them. I can see how having a shorter shift lever could make for a quicker shift, since you have to move the lever less. I did however, think of my mother. She has bursitis in her right shoulder, sometimes shifting her VW aggravates this. Does having a short shifter put less strain on the shoulder, and a greater burden on the wrist instead? Could this possibly require less effort from the shoulder than a normal shift lever?
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Yes, it's easier to use. Though I pop shift with my fingers and not with my hand/whole arm. Wrist action.
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Yes and now, depends on how their made. Some short-throw shifters simply cut down the stem, and thus makes for less of a mechanical advantage...meaning the throw is actually harder, but a shorter distance.

The better short-throw shifters do two things: cut the stem down and raise the fulcrum point so you maintain your mechanical advantage.
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Yes and now, depends on how their made. Some short-throw shifters simply cut down the stem, and thus makes for less of a mechanical advantage...meaning the throw is actually harder, but a shorter distance.

The better short-throw shifters do two things: cut the stem down and raise the fulcrum point so you maintain your mechanical advantage.
Regardless of which way you use to shorten the throw, it will increase the force needed at the shift-knob to move it. So if the original throw required 5-lbs force to move it 4", reducing the throw to 2" will require 10-lbs force.

I prefer the better kits that leave the shift-knob high in the original location. Takes less time to move your hand from the steering-wheel to the shifter.
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Yes, it's easier to use. Though I pop shift with my fingers and not with my hand/whole arm. Wrist action.
My mind went all sorts of places upon reading that.
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