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We have put in dozens of them over the years at our local work on cars days. There are now 4 different types, and 5 if you count the special edition.

The EVO unit extends the length of the shift lever at the bottom of the lever. In the old days I think it was the only unit on the market, so that is what we put in. It does not reduce the throws as much as the B&M/Porsche unit.

The B&M unit replaces the shift lever and shortens the throw by changing the pivot point. The Porsche unit that recently came out is identical to B&M.

The special edition does it the old fashioned way. About 1" is cut off the shift lever.

B&M, Ruf, and TechArt make a unit that bolts to the transmission. This unit you can change the reduction in 3 settings. I do no know any Boxster owner that has this unit.

The B&M lever type is about $200 and you can put it in yourself in about an hour. There is a lot of information already on this board on how to install the units.

I tell people to try a car that has one to see if they like it, before buying it. I only know one owner, a 996 guy, who did not like it. And between Loren and I we must have put in at least 40 units.

The interesting thing I have noticed is that the throw reduction with the B&M lever unit is greater with the 5 speed than with the 6 speed.

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