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Old 05-15-08, 08:47 PM   #1
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Default Heavy Shift Knob Questions

So I have never used a really heavy shift knob and I was thinking about trying one on the Kartboy short shifter I just ordered for my 08.

But I have a few questions. The first is does it really effect shift feel that much?? Does anyone not like theirs?

Next is a mechanical question. Does having a heavy shift knob stress the rest of the transmission. I know that you aren't supposed to drive around with your hand resting on the shifter for exactly that reason. Does having a 1 pound metal ball up there have any effect or am I being paranoid?
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Old 05-15-08, 11:46 PM   #2
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So I have never used a really heavy shift knob and I was thinking about trying one on the Kartboy short shifter I just ordered for my 08.

But I have a few questions. The first is does it really effect shift feel that much?? Does anyone not like theirs?

Next is a mechanical question. Does having a heavy shift knob stress the rest of the transmission. I know that you aren't supposed to drive around with your hand resting on the shifter for exactly that reason. Does having a 1 pound metal ball up there have any effect or am I being paranoid?
For the first, I've driven a couple heavy-weight shifters, they "feel" smoother and I like them. It's personal responsiveness... You could always sell it at the next meet near you if you don't. Not sure about that last question, it's a good one. I'm considering as well and hopefully somebody can chime in.
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Old 05-16-08, 04:55 AM   #3
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I have one and love it. I'm no engineer, but I cannot think of a way a heavier shift knob is going to affect the gearbox. The resting your hand on the shifter deal isn't due to the weight of your hand, it's because that doesn't allow the shifter to move as the trans moves. As long as the shifter is allowed to, well, shift, you should be golden.
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Old 05-16-08, 05:02 AM   #4
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I see this as a "grounding kit" mod...of a sorts. Probably does nothing but people buy them and seem to like them...so...
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I see this as a "grounding kit" mod...of a sorts. Probably does nothing but people buy them and seem to like them...so...
Excepting that you can actually feel the difference and don't have to mess with your wiring, yeah, they're exactly the same.
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Default Re: Heavy Shift Knob Questions

i absolutly love mine, feels like i added shifter bushings again.

makes it a very easy throw, with a short shifter, its sick!
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Excepting that you can actually feel the difference and don't have to mess with your wiring, yeah, they're exactly the same.
My post wasnt meant to be a diss on you and I never said they were "exactly the same" did I?...but yeah...they are on the same level. Some people claim that they can "feel" a difference from a grounding kits. I guess this is the mod you get when you have already modded out and are dying to spend money on something.

If someone handed me one or game me the money to buy one I would pimp it.
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My post wasnt meant to be a diss on you and I never said they were "exactly the same" did I?...but yeah...they are on the same level. Some people claim that they can "feel" a difference from a grounding kits. I guess this is the mod you get when you have already modded out and are dying to spend money on something.

If someone handed me one or game me the money to buy one I would pimp it.
Just seemed like and apples to oranges comparison to me. I dunno how anyone could "feel" a grounding kit, and have never heard such. Have you ever tried a heavier shift knob?

If not, how the heck would you know one way or the other?
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Just seemed like and apples to oranges comparison to me. I dunno how anyone could "feel" a grounding kit, and have never heard such. Have you ever tried a heavier shift knob?

If not, how the heck would you know one way or the other?
I had one on my old car...and no it didnt make much of a difference. So I guess my answer is yes and no. Maybe the STi is just such a different animal that I dont even know whats up...
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I had one on my old car...and no it didnt make much of a difference. So I guess my answer is yes and no. Maybe the STi is just such a different animal that I dont even know whats up...
Sorry man. Not trying to bust your balls. I'm just guarding against that: "I love/hate this mod even though I've never tried it." Seems to be becoming more prevalent lately.
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