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Offline Daveg

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TWM Short Shifter Review
« on: September 12, 2008, 06:09:56 PM »
I've been planning this one for a while - but had to wait for my buddy to go on holiday to the US and then wait for him to come back with the kit!

I went for Kit #1 which includes short shifter, shifter base bushings and leather boot.  Total price was $191.50 delivered to my buddy - thanks to the good £-$ rate at the time I bought it came to approx £100.

The base bushings can be bought on their own and basically stiffen up the shifter feel by removing the play between the shifter base and chassis as a result of Mazda using flexable rubber bushings.

The boot is needed as the short shifter reduces the height of the knob by 2.5" and causes the OEM boot to scrunch up.  It is also nice to have a decent leather boot with some red stiching!  Read more here:

http://www.twmperformance.com/shortshifters/mazdashortshifters/mazda3shortshifters.htm

Fitting:
The kit came with very good instructions for fitting the knob and boot and it was a simple case of just following them.  I got a mate round to give me a hand as some parts are much easier with two people.  It took about 45 minutes to take the centre console apart, remove the old shifter, replace with TWM part and then put the console back together.  If I ever need to for warranty etc I could easily return the OEM part in the same amount of time.

First Impressions:
I took the car for a spin straight after installing the shifter and it felt very odd to start.  Shifting required more effort as the throw had been reduced.  The shifter feel was much better - more notchy and it gives a much more sporty/high quality feel.  There is little play in the shifter also due to the aluminium shift base bushings.

1 Week On:
I am now used the TWM shifter and like it more every time I drive.  I have got used to the extra effort required to shift and don't notice it any more.  I really like the lower look of the knob and the improved gaiter.  I was worried the red stiching would look a little tacky but I think it looks quite smart as it is subtle.  Very happy with the mod and would recommend it to other 3 owners :D

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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2008, 08:01:19 PM »
Kudos to you but that just looks plain wrong!

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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2008, 08:45:03 PM »
Kudos to you but that just looks plain wrong!

Do you mean because of it's stumpyness?  When we went to screw the knob back on we both looked at each other and laughed because of how low it was.  I've got used to it now though and like the way it looks  :)
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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2008, 08:58:36 PM »
Do you mean because of it's stumpyness?
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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2008, 11:15:23 PM »
didnt fancy a leather one? if they do them...
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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2008, 11:25:26 PM »
A leather gear knob?  I actually like the stock one and it is very heavy which is a bonus when combined with the short shifter.
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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2008, 12:06:21 AM »
ive got a stock leather one, i much prefer it over the one in the TS spec i drove.

But.... i wanted to replace the little plastic cap on the top of mine (showing a bit of wear) and the dealer said they could only replace the entire gear knob and quoted me £160 or something for the part  :-\

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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2008, 12:28:03 AM »
Is it the leather gear knob on this page?

http://www.mazda-accessories.com/acatalog/Mazda3_Interior_Styling.html

Only £43 + delivery for a new one.
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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2008, 12:18:06 AM »
not stock, but looks quite similar, still sort of reluctant to pay £50 when all i want is the little plastic bit on the top of it  :-\

thanks for the link tho  :D
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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2008, 11:45:55 AM »
 :P waits for the short knob gags !! lol

only prob i see is the center consol gets in the way as it is with the gear changing , but ok if you got lickle arms & lickle shaft  ;D
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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2008, 05:32:45 PM »
yea ive noticed that even having a drink in one of the cup holders gets in the way of gear changing
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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2008, 10:36:53 PM »
Leather or not i think short shifter is the way to go. I modded my VRS by cutting the shifter 1inch shorter. looks odd but makes the drive feel a lot more sporty and more enjoyable! Great work mate, love this mod.

THe rxu has a really short shifter as well and i love it.
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Re: TWM Short Shifter Fitted
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2008, 10:36:53 PM »