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OEM short shifter

Alberta Alex

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Although I love the butter-smooth shifts in my 6-speed, the shifts are a bit long. I installed a B&M short shifter in my previous car, a Boxster S, and liked it a lot, but found it quite notchy. The shifts from 1 to 2, say, were not one fluid motion, but were 2 distinct movements, click...click.

Does anyone out there have the OEM short-shifter installed? If so, what are your thoughts about it? Is it worth the $700+ cost for the shifter and installation?

Obviously the transmission in my '08 turbo cab is different than in my Boxster S. Does the Turbo transmission inherently shift smoother than other Porsche transmissions, implying that a short shifter would reduce the shift length but still be one smooth motion from gear to gear (a good thing), or is the notchiness going to reapper if I install the OEM short shifter ( a not so good thing)?

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I had the OEM short shifter in my 2006 Boxter S, and I really liked it. Didn't have the notchy feel you decribed. Just picked up a 2008 911S and I'm thinking about putting in a short shifter. Would be intereste in what you do and experience.

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I've done it too. Factory part & fitted easily.

Its a bit of a saga getting everything pulled apart, but it's nothing you cant do without a set of screw drivers & torx bits.

Mine can be a bit sticky to get into reverse when cold, but usually slot it into 5th to align the synchro & it pops in no problem after that.

I have heard of a few changing oil to help, but I don't feel the need to do that yet...

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Alex, it’s been a while now but how did you find the retrofit? When I test drove my 2007 Turbo it had the standard shift and I found although pleasant was a bit long, as you say. In doing the deal on the purchase I got the short shift thrown in. Bearing in mind that I also drive a GT2, the shift of which I can only describe as like a rifle bolt (which I actually like) and the clutch like a machine weight in the gym, I found the new short shift on my Turbo light, smooth, very precise but still a very distinct shift – your “click – click” analogy rings true to me – to me it’s an incredibly satisfying shift. It transformed the car and I would certainly spec/retrofit this option should I change my car in the future. Changing down to first can be a bit challenging in the cold when rolling but I think that was the same for the standard shift and certainly in most other performance cars I have driven. I very much doubt anyone would regret fitting this option, at the right price.

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