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omg jdm
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Since I can't find a short shifter for my 89 SR5, I was thinking about just cutting about 1.5" off of it. I found an 88 SR5 at the junk yard that had this done, and the shifter felt pretty decent. I wasn't going to pay $50 for someone's hack job though!

Is it worth doing it to my own? I see that the shaft is solid steel... so it's going to be fun cutting that beast! I figure I can just get it re-threaded at a machine shop afterwards.
 

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orange brick
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yeah, you could, but i wouldn't recommend it. you could always get the shifter out of a junk truck for super cheap and practice it first. or, since no one else has one, you could just design a short shift kit for those vehicles if you have the time/skill and sell it.
 

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I cut the OEM one in my Paseo with a hacksaw, and cut the threads with a thread die from Ace Hardware. All this while it was still in the car.

When I got my generic eBay Corolla short shifter, I hacked that one also as described above. I had a buddy with a grinder work off some of the shaft diameter so the die could cut properly. Pivot arm was also rotated to alleviate the odd shaft angle. Work done was before it was installed in the car.
 

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im really picky the way i like mine, I have made quite a few different versions for my car.

For the last one I cut and welded an extra 3/4" to the bottom made a spacer to go under the pivot, Left the side arm alone but removed the plastic clicky thing that gives you fake shift feel then chopped 2" off the top and rewelded the threaded portion.

I tried to thread the SOB with a Die and i couldn't shift rod felt to hard to cut with a die?
 

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I modified the one in my truck by cutting the stick off just under the threads then cutting about 2" off the stick, then rewelding the threaded part at an angle that felt the most comfortable. The stock knob didn't cut it, so I machined one out of stainless. The finished stick looked awsome, and putting it at an angle made it nicer to shift.
 

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On mine, my buddy grinded the shaft diameter down so the die would cut the threads, but he grinded a bit too much off. I tried to tighten it up with some duct tape, but it turned freely during hot days. 100% solid when it was below freezing.
 
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