There aren't a lot of mods that are immediately noticeable in the difference they have on a car (except maybe visual mods or something like a supercharger), well I am here to state that the factory short shift is GREAT! IMMEDIATE improvement in the Cayman's shifter, it is literally like driving a whole new car!
First let me thank the fine folks at Brandywine Porsche who currently have the short-shifter on sale for only $399 ( a bargain! ) for supplying me with a short shifter kit in short order.
Let's see what the kit looks like:
And here is the part # I believe.... oh wait is that another 997 part? Indeed it is!
As you can see the unit comes pre-assembled, nothing to cut, nothing to drill, simply disconnect the factory unit and replace it with this one.
So what about the installation? Well my dealership quoted me 2 hours of labor for a total of $157 to do the install. After having installed the center console myself, it was worth it to me to pay someone else to do this job this time so I was not able to take photos of the actual install. There are 2 very good articles on installing both the console and shifter in our Articles section:
If you read both of those you can do the short shifter install yourself as it simply requires console removal, then shifting unit removal and isn't as complex as the EVO install.
So what does the factory shifter look like? Here it is:
Sorry that picture came out a little blurry but as you can see a slightly different setup for the linkage and pivot points and a noticeably different shifter arm (shorter). Porsche has basically moved the pivot point downwards.
So how does it feel? AWESOME! I could not order this with my car back at the time I placed my order and after reading a few articles that said (incorrectly I believe) that the Cayman's shifting was shorter than the Boxster's I originally went for the normal shifter. Boy was I surprised at how much better the factory short-shifter is. ALL Caymans ought to come with this in my opinion. If you are even remotely thinking about doing this mod, DO IT, pick up the phone NOW (well you have until April 30th for the sale price from Brandywine) and place an order and set up a time for your dealer to install this shifter, or take the time and do it yourself if you are so inclined.
Last edited by K-Man S; 01-17-2007 at 11:54 AM.
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Firmer, but not 'stiffer', in other words, very easy to shift, but it shifts firmer, more precise, that's the word - precision shifting! Seriously, drive a car with this shifter and you likely will not go back! It makes the standard shifter feel sloppy, even though it really isn't.
Thanks for another new article, K-Man. Short Shifter is a great option, and though it's subjective, IMHO the shifter is not as "stiff" as even Porsche's own sales literature that warns it may be because of cold weather. I think yhe "shorty" feels in perfect balance with the weights & feel of the other controls. The pedals match well for me too.
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I'm about to order my car and was still on the fence about the short-shifter option.
I'm a novice manual driver and am worried that the short-shifter will make it more
difficult to select the right gear. For example, would it be easier to select 3rd by
mistake if you mean to downshift from 6th to 5th?
Yes, this is one of the best options from Porsche.......too bad it isn't the standard shifter.
Install really isn't that hard......did a friends 997 a while ago. Basicallyit's just a swap of the whole shifter frame. The green clip you see in the picture is to set the 'center' point onthe newshifter. It snaps to the side of the shifter frame so that it is totally aligned at install andready to go........just bolt in, attach cables, perform minoradjustments ifany,and your done.
I don't think it will solve that completely - I think only seat-time will completely remedy as practice will make the biggest difference. As mentioned above, I think the shifts are more precise, and not really all that more 'stiff.' In fact with use, mine has gotten quite fluid, for lack of a better word. From what I can tell with mine, is there's a little extra effort (and I mean just a little) to push it into any gear - and that goes for reverse, too. If that helps, then that's good. I love my SS, and the blast down Hwy 1 this last Monday sealed the deal. It's a much more involving driving experience with it.
Nice one! Got my Porsche guy looking into a price for me as I type, always fancied this and you've just confirmed all I need to know.
The Tequipment Book has it at £395 including vat and fitting but not sure if it is on sale at present, fingers crossed! I don't fancy fitting it as i just don't have the time or patience at the moment!
Asfar as a "reverse 1st gear issue", I've never had any problem with differentiating R and 1st with the shorty (although I've got the parktronic , which beeps when you hit reverse gear. It's more likely that you'll have to watch the 4th vs 6th gear situation, as that could be the real disaster, 'specially if you're running up the gears in a real hurry.
YES, ORDER FROM Brandywine TODAY! The sale ends Sunday, but I am assuming they are closed on Sunday and parts may or may not be open on Saturday, so if you are interested in getting this part order from Brandywine today! They ship international btw!
<p class="subheadblack">From the PCA website. Is the answer right? Doesn't the short shift just change the leverage point making the movement shorter? How can this effect damage to the syncros?
<p class="subheadblack">Porsche branded short shift?
Short shifter conversions, particularly B&M, seem to be all the rage on various Porsche boards for Boxsters (and 996s). Does Porsche make an equivalent (or similar) short shift conversion (e.g., from a GT2 or GT3) that will work just as well on a Boxster (and that I can use my $100 PCA coupon for)? If so, will I have any warranty problems in the future? I'm actually happy with the way the shifter works and feels -- is a short shifter that much better?
Porsche does not make any short shifter kit for any of their cars. You will have to buy a couple of useless polo shirts to use that 100.00 certificate. B & M makes a good short shift kit but I don't like short shift kits in cars that are driven very hard. The faster throws make the syncros work harder and they can break and wear out faster. If you like the factory one, my advise is to leave it alone....
Peter Smith - PCA WebSite - 5/20/2003
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You have to look at the DATE on these type of things, that was written back in 2003 when Porsche wasn't making short shift kits, now they are and have been for a couple of years. As far as damaging the synchros that's not true unless you are abusing the transmission, the synchros still travel the same distance regardless of the throw on the stick itself.