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Old 10-06-2005, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My shifter is too far forward...

I will eventually switch to a z3 shifter kit from BMA, but before I do that, I want to know what to check. Basically in 5th gear the shift lever is so far forward that it is a pain in the ass to put it into gear. I am 6ft 3 and have monkey arms, and it is still beyond my seated reach. What should I look at to rectify this situation? I want to figure out why this is and fix it so that I can have a short shift kit with the lever properly located.

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Old 10-06-2005, 04:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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it could be that your shifter bushings are worn. easy fix when you are up in there doing your short shifter swap. there really isn't an adjustment with these cars. once you are under there you should be able to see the cause of you having to ask your passengers "hey could you put it in fifth for me, thanks"
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Best thing to do is replace all the bushings and washers when you are doing your SSK. Replacing the bushings and washers on a stock shifter that is worn makes a huge difference so doing a SSK at the sametime will be a very dramatic change on how the shifter feels.
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Cool, thanks for the heads up! So I can expect that if I replace all the bushings and stuff that when I put the SSK in place, the location will be where it would be for any other car? Cool!

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I had the same problem after doing a clutch job on my 325IC, turned out (i'm ashamed to admit it) that I reconnected the shifter rod 180 degrees backwards! the sympton? exactly what you are describing. I didn't even have to raise the car to correct the boo-boo, just unsnap the connector and 180 the gear selector. Hope this helps!
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hey 325exstatic...
does your head brush the ceiling? I have the original leather seats, and they are in good shape, and the seat is adjusted to the lowest setting, and my head still brushes the ceiling. Do you have this problem? I was thinking about getting a racing seat that would be a little lower, but I want the seats to match. I want to be able to wear a helmet when I autocross. any ideas?
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Actually, I am just shy of the roof. If I were to AutoX the car, I would need to open the sunroof though so that the helmet would fit. I sit really really reclined though, so that gives me a good extra inch of headroom. That might be worth looking into... see if you can find a 2 inch long steering column extension. You might have to have it machined custom for you, but I see it done out at the SCCA events all the time, so I know people can do it. That extra 2 inches of distance will allow you to recline a bit further and keeps your head out of the roof. Any more than about 2 inches will start to move the steering wheel too high up in the cabin of the car, taking away your leverage in cornering, so be careful!
As for cheaper (but not CHEAP!) custom seats... look at Procar seats. They are a division of SCAT enterprises which is a well known VW Customizer and I had a set of their high bolstered street seats in my old VW, and they were AWESOME! VERY well made, and they held onto me like my girlfriend in a haunted house!

Hope this helps LDS!

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