View Full Version : Short shifter install help!

10-02-2009, 08:27 PM
Just got my new short shifter today and started to install it. Ive got all the way to the rail screws. I cant seem to reach them.... I have a 01 1.8t sooo the install for the earlier models looks a lot easier to get to them. Anybody have a 01' and done this before?

10-02-2009, 08:40 PM
I did it on a 2001 and 2001 S4
pm me and ill see if i can help

10-03-2009, 06:18 AM
for me the best way to get the rail bolts was to loosen the bolts that hold the shift bucket in. There are 4 of them that you should be able to access with just the shifter surround off. Once those bolts are loosened, or even off, you push down on the whole shifter mechanism and you can get to those bolts. Download the JHM shifter video if you need more clarification

10-03-2009, 11:03 AM
I would also recommend the JHM video it is about as straightforward and clear as anything we can tell you. That's what I used when I did my JHM shifter.

10-03-2009, 11:14 AM
woke up this morning a took some pictures to see what im dealing with.


this is the back I took off those two bolts so i could push down the rails a little


on this one i can't get to the two other bolts so i cant push down the rails.

I have only been trying it with a hex wrench but im guessing I have to go get the TORX wrench...it T-20 right?

10-03-2009, 11:36 AM
try one of the socket wrenches, they're pretty good. I was able to get those nuts loose with a crescent wrench. And yes, I believe it is a T20

10-03-2009, 07:22 PM
ah pain in the a** but I got it in...and im pretty sure it was worth it!!

here it is...all I need now is a new knob..any ideas??



10-03-2009, 07:52 PM
jhm knob

10-03-2009, 09:15 PM

Best thing out there for weight and feel.

10-03-2009, 10:20 PM
yeah the jhm looks pretty sick but it 100 bucks and the jhm logo is not to classy... check these out just found them, there machined to fit our cars!!


11-26-2009, 12:47 AM
Pepboys shift knob..

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/6089/dsc0013edit.jpg (http://img513.imageshack.us/i/dsc0013edit.jpg/)

11-26-2009, 01:51 AM
Pepboys shift knob..

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/6089/dsc0013edit.jpg (http://img513.imageshack.us/i/dsc0013edit.jpg/)

that actually doesn't look half bad for being a pepboys knob.

what is the size of the threads on our selector?

11-26-2009, 07:43 AM
Oem all the way

11-26-2009, 01:23 PM
i got my ebay short shifter a while ago and mine doesnt have any thread on it to screw a knob on. it does have a slot that runs down about an inch from the top, i guess for a screw type knob. but does anyone have any recommendations for any screw type knobs?

12-23-2009, 10:11 AM

I'm trying to install my SS and I can't get to the 2 rear t25 screws. Any help would be appreciated. Here are 2 pics of the angles the t25 screws are located.


Noitce the angle the camera is at (by the angle of the 2 studs) and how much space there is to reach the t25 screws from that angle.


I am thinking I am going to have to grind the metal away to get to it. But people seem to be able to reach those bolts with no issues. I searched many DIY write ups and they all say that removing the 2 10mm nuts (which are already removed in the pics) will gain me acess to remove those bolts[confused]. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Edit: After closer inspection, my box does not drop down like everybody else's seems to. I think I really am going to have to grind off the metal casing that is above the t25 bits to remove them[headbang].

12-23-2009, 10:55 AM
Edit: After closer inspection, my box does not drop down like everybody else's seems to. I think I really am going to have to grind off the metal casing that is above the t25 bits to remove them[headbang].

Did you take all four of the 10mm flange nuts off (which attach the shift box to the car)? I see you have the two in the rear removed... but there are two more up front. Sorry, if this seems obvious.... but some times it's the obvious things that we overlook that makes a simple job difficult. I'm no exception to this rule...

12-23-2009, 11:03 AM
Yeah, I removed all 4. The only thing holding me back from removing the shifter are those 4 t25 bts. I am in the middle of reassembling it (rather cold in the garage and had to take a break), then going to the Home Depot to see if there are metal grinding bits I can attach to a power drill. Then, I am just going to grind away above the torx screws. After that, should be smoothe sailing.

But my box def did not drop down like it is supposed to. I was looking at it very carefully and it just isn't going to happen. But working on this car, I get used to silly sh*t like this[cool].

12-23-2009, 11:16 AM
PM me ill give you a smashing deal (about like the k04 deal i just gave out!!)

heres a thread for some teasers


12-23-2009, 02:19 PM
fukenfast: how does the short shifter feel so far?

12-23-2009, 02:39 PM
Ok, the box was able to drop down, but the snap ring pliers I had were booty. I need to go to the store and get some better ones. I couldn't get the snap ring off. And placing the shifter back is no fun task. Especially when you just removed it for nothing.