i cut mine about an inch or an inch and a half i think... it makes it a little harder to throw it into reverse... you're not really gonna get any performance gains out of it... i'm gonna buy a shirt shift kit next year for sure
I know you wont get performance but my Lupo knob raises it a little and I have to sit on a phne book too reach it so I want it shorter. Plus it looks cooler! BTW, if you have a 2.0, the short shift kits dont actually lower the rod, just shorten the through, I have one.
Thanks though, anyone else?
I cut mine as short as you can get it and still fit a MOMO knob on there. Love it! It's the perfect height that I can rest my arm on the center console and still shift gears. It's all a personal preference I guess, but if I could go back...I would still cut it just as short!
just bought my die today and it took me 3 hardware stores until I found a PROFESSIONAL tool supply pace that had it! [email protected] thing cost me $11! So my friends an I are just gonna do it tonight by hand, thats ok right, you dont have ouse the machine, do you?
But this isn't about changine knobs or boots man! Drivers editon knob and boot rules! I just hate too flahy ones, I lie to keep it in the VW family, I have a lupo one, nice but subtle! anyways, back to cutting talk! hehe
Wow this, is my 200th post!!!!!!! That is so funny cause I was thinking, that this is probably a milestone post and I'm not kidding! I am a genius!!!
Try making a small nick on the shift lever the same way the threads will go. Then the die will have something to bite and should start. OR you could gently (no not that hard either) tap it down a little bit with a hammer. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
I used a 12mm x 1.5 die, not a 12mm x 0.5.
Just go buy yourself some ViceGrips and use those to thread the shifter. Cutting oil or a little regular motor oil will help out also. *IMPORTANT* After you finish threading the rod, leave the die on and cut over it. That way, when you screw the die off, you are left with a nice clean thread.
And don't forget! You can alway cut off more, but once you go too low, your screwed. Try an inch first, then go more if you feel the need.
When you cut the new threads using the die, you will need to keep the shift lever from turning. I used a pair of vice-grips to hold it from spinning. Since I didn't have the handle for the die, so I used an adjustable crescent wrench. When you turn the die, you don't want to try to thread it all at once... turn it a little bit, then back, then down a little bit more.
Ok, have vice-grips and thee 12 x 1.5 mm Die but it is still hard for my littl 122 pound body! I am also just scared of screwing it up, what end of the die to you start with? Do you use the one that is just the same as a bolt pattern or the side that starts as really sharp and kinda slanted? Thanks guys, do I just use a hacksaw after? How hard is it?
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