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Old 02-28-2019, 01:56 AM
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Shifter boot delete

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I am working on making a H pattern shifter cover to replace the fugly shifter boot, I preferred something more like the audi r8 design. I finally got around to removing the shifter boot to find out our shifter is one very beefy piece like god damn is it thick, unfortunately this makes my endeavor a bit more complicated, and further complicated when I noticed that at their is a rubber bushing actually inside the thick part of the shifter rod) which I assume is for vibration given our shift is a direct shifr with no linkages) I must say I have never seen a shifter quite like this before. Great, alread knew I was going to need to do a **** ton of grinding the get a uniform shaft thickness now looks like this is going to be a lengthy process. I will post updates as it goes along and photos hopefully this can help other people who may want to attempt this.
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Old 02-28-2019, 03:58 PM
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i think you will ruin the shifter by grinding on it. iirc its thick like that for weight. could possibly wreck your trans too
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Old 02-28-2019, 05:15 PM
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Most cars with the H gate cover have fairly long shifters. I think the 8's shifter is a bit too short to work well with a H gate cover.
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:10 PM
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Im not to concerned with ruining the shifter itself there are enough parts rx8s around me to get another one. I dont need to remove to much of the thick part of the shifter to make it work, maybe 30% and I should be able to keep the rubber damper as long as its not hollow inside I don't see any issues there. I could always add weight back to the shifter further down, but what about less weight could cause a problem? The comment about potential transmission damage is a bit concerning as I would prefer not having to rebuild it, what makes you think it could cause damage?
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:18 PM
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iirc the shifter is weighted for a reason and the trans in an 8 is already delicate. they are know for syncros so less weight may mess with gear engagement but im no expert
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Old 03-01-2019, 12:11 AM
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Well I mean if I think about it logically less weight would mean less force would need to be applied to move from point a-b so I could see it speeding up gear to gear engagement and maybe added over shifting, so added wear on the forks. I could always install a shifyer stop to compensate for that as I was considering it anyway. If I do run into issues my back up plan is to make a sliding style cover kinda like what you see in autos where a thin piece of material is held between a top and bottom layer of thick material that allows it to slide around freely, but I prefer anything over the shift boot, i can't stand the look of them. I know it probably seems like alot of effort for something that doesn't have any gains but I do enjoy custom fabrication work and that feeling you get when you're at a car meet and someone goes woow dude where did you get that, and you get to say I made it.
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:05 AM
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good luck post some pics if you do it
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:35 AM
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Heavier shift ***** are easier to get into gear (more momentum at the end of the shifter). Good for ergonomics and feel on the street.
Lighter shift ***** are better for racing when you're trying to shift as fast as possible because it makes it less likely that you'll push the shifter too far. Which is important for the RX-8 transmisison because it doesn't have any fencing to prevent pushing the shifter too far.
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Hey guys, so it turns out our shifter is 2 pieces, the shifter has a rubber bushing attached to it than the top part slides over top of the bushing. So I cut of the top section and cut a piece of steel round to use as the part between the 2. Now I just have to weld it up and we will be good to go. Then I will just have to fab up the H gate style cover and we will be golden. Not sure on the material I will use yet.



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Old 03-13-2019, 09:29 AM
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Is this a track car?

You will feel enormous amounts of heat radiating around the shifter area without the boot acting as an insulator. Not to mention the noise, which the double boot and wool mesh isolates.
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Originally Posted by SayNoToPistons View Post
Is this a track car?

You will feel enormous amounts of heat radiating around the shifter area without the boot acting as an insulator. Not to mention the noise, which the double boot and wool mesh isolates.
No it's not a track car I just enjoy the aesthetic look of a H gate style shifter cover over the shifter boot and also we have to rubber insulators that seal the opening in the transmission tunnel, but I can always install wool insulation under the shifter plate if it comes to that. I like making my car unique and my own, and I have no problem spending some time doing troubleshooting and doing r&d to make things work that I want. I'm always willing to atleast give something a try because the worst outcome is I fail but I learn from those failures which assists me in other endeavors.
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