This write-up is to install a:
B&M Short Throw Shifter
Part # 45075
Bought this shifter from [email protected]
here on Honda-Tech. He has them (or had them) on sale for $50 shipped, brand new. Sponsor here on Honda-Tech.
A few pics from what comes in the package:
A couple of reference points as to where the stock shifter sits and where it positions itself in gears 1, 3, and 5:
Pretty much roughly 7 1/2" from the middle of the shifter to the ashtray.
The almighty ramps.
Remove shifter handle and rubber boot from floorboard.
Spray some WD-40 on exhaust hangers and remove the hanger.
Another hanger pic.
Move the exhaust pipe out of the way and unbolt the 2 12mm bolts that hold the rear extension to the body.
Remove the 12mm bolt and nut that hold the shifter to the change rod.
Notes: You can do this BEFORE Step 5 to have more support, but since I ALWAYS use a 1/2" Drive, I needed some space.
Drop the linkage out of the way.
Remove the linkage that bolts to the transmission. It's a 12mm bolt, no nut (self locking). Move it out of the way.
Remove the ENTIRE shifter linkage out of the confined space. Take it outside of the vehicle.
Place it outside.
Remove the 2 10mm lock nuts.
Notes: These have a flat to assist in remove the nut.
You'll need to grip the flat bolts with a pair of needle nose pliers to assist in removing the 10mm nuts.
Once the plate is off, the entire shifter and seal boot fall right out. Be gentle. Don't tear any of the boots.
With a pair of needle nose pliers, remove the sleeve from inside of the stock shifter. It's a sleeve with 4 grooves in it that takes 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD bushings/o-rings.
Remove all 4 o-rings from the sleeve.
Notes: Best way I found, was to pinch the o-ring from under, creating an "arch" above. Then, with your nail, roll them off.
Remove the dust seal and ball seat from the stock shifter.
Now, onto the installation of the new B&M Short Throw Shifter.
Slide dust seal and ball seat onto the new shifter. Might take a little oomph here and there.
With the supplied White Lithium grease, apply some onto the "ball".
Insert new B&M Shifter back onto the change extension.
Notes: If you notice, one side of the plate is squared off and the other side is rounded off. THE SQUARE SIDE POINTS FORWARD TOWARD THE TRANSMISSION!
Tighten the 2 10mm nuts. You'll need to use the needle nose pliers once again, it's a bit tricky, but MAKE SURE THE NUTS ARE FULLY SEATED!
Grease the OEM sleeve with the supplied grease. Grease this piece liberally.
Insert the new 4 o-rings that came in the package. Grease some more all over the sleeve and o-rings.
Grease the inside of the shifter, where the sleeve sits.
Enter the sleeve. It might take a bit of a push and a couple light taps of a mallet, it'll go through. Make sure you have the same clearance of the exposed sleeve on both sides.
Go under your car again and place the entire shifter linkage back onto the location where it sits.
Also, grease both of the ends of the sleeve. 2 more o-rings (supplied on the package) will sit here.
Now, get the 2 9/16" ID x 3/4" OD o-rings and sit them on the ends of the sleeve. Makre sure you grease nicely.
Bolt up the shifter to the change rod and make sure the o-rings are properly seated. Bolt on snug.
Bolt the 2 12mm bolts back onto the rear extension mount. Bolt snug.
Hook your hangers back on.
Install time: +/- 1 hour. Depending on how thorough you are that everything is installed properly.
Here are some after pics of the new B&M Short Throw Shifter:
DEFINITELY shortened gears 1, 3, and 5 by 1 1/14" to 1 1/2".
As you can see, it also sits forward. This shifter DOES NOT
have a bend on it. Straight shaft.
Notes: If you are tall and sit really back, this shifter might not be for you.
If you sit like a homo-thug all back, don't get this shifter, it's not for you.
I sit decently up front. 1, 3, and 5th gears are in arm's reach. My arm is almost fully extended to engage the gear.
I'm 5'10" by the way.
It's considerably shorter BTW, About 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" drop from stock location.
Initial DRIVING impressions...WOW! CRISP shifting and CRISP engaging of ALL gears. The shifter no longers goes from side to side. In a gear, the shifter DOES NOT
move from side to side AT ALL. All gears enter smoothly and VERY tight shifting.
DEFINITELY a shifter worth buying.
Next week I'll install a new shifter ****, and I'll be set.
For the ones that broke this shifter, I don't know how you did it. It's a SOLID contruction and is pretty heavy to tell you. Either stop spanking the monkey because your forearms are getting too strong or stop shifting as if you had to rip each gear into place.
Hope this helps everyone!
BTW, I also have Energy Suspension shifter bushings installed. Makes it even better for shifting.
I also have write-ups on the Energy Suspension bushings install if you Search under my name.
Modified by Dimi at 9:24 AM 9/30/2004