I'm keen to shorten the throw on my 5spd manual, are there any kits out there other than the pricey herrod one?
Even better, anyone want to sell me one?
Go on eBay- they sell for really cheap on there and they're really reliable. Just make sure you get a steel shaft instead of aluminum. If you could imagine slamming through the gears when the aluminum finally bends (the cheap companies don't use quality aluminum), that's why you need the steel shaft. I bought one on eBay for my 300ZX for $90 shipped and the throw was shorter than my thumb! I'd really recommend looking into that. It's not like it's an extremely high-precision part that needs to be perfect. Install was really easy, too.
I've been looking on ebay for months and i've only ever seen one for a T5 and that was a Herrod one. What should i be searching for? And are there any shift kits from other cars that would work on a T5?
You had me thrown off by "shift kit" on a T-5. Are you American? Most in America refer to what you want as a short throw shifter- have you tried that? Look up "Mustang shift" or "Mustang throw" and see what you get.
Otherwise, I'm not sure what to tell you.
Maybe call around to head and block shops and see if any of them would be willing to mill down your stock shifter. I have a friend who did that with his own and he loves it.
Now I'm confused, I'm an Aussie in Perth driving a 5spd manual (T5) XG Falcon PanelVan looking for a shift kit (i.e. change of fulcrum point to shorten throw) such as the Herrod Sureshift NOT a short shifter (i.e. shorter or chopped off gear stick).
I'll try to attach a photo of the type of thing i'm looking for...
Try Mick Webb's SVO on ebay. He has a short shifter which he installed in my AUII XR8. It's as solid as a rock. It's called the SVO Lightning Shifter. I use my car is club sprints so it gets a real work out on the track and has been trouble free.
I'm following you, now. We have a lot more options here in America. Most eBay short shifters are legitimately built (modified location of the fulcrum, as you put it), which is good because instead of paying $266 (converted to AU for you), we can pay $120 for the same thing minus the name brand.
I don't know how the manufacturers down there get away with charging that much money for shifters. Maybe I should buy some in bulk and ship them down to you!!
Good luck- I know how much more fun cars are with short shifters- trying to figure out a way I'll be able to run a shorter shift in my wagon without it being too low to the floorboard.
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