First off I read through:
08 Short Shifter Installed !!
Then I read through:
How-To: DIY STS
The Definitive STS Thread!!!
Then I read through
How-To: Shorten your shift throw with stock MTX shifter
All credit goes to all those guys before me. Thank you all who have done the how-to threads. I find things a lot easier for me seeing pictures. This is just for those who comprehend better through photos like me. All pics taken with my cell-phone. Anyway here was my experience.
First picture here is just with the boot up. No lock out. And the red piece from one of the previous threads here is black. It also has a piece of sticky foam around it although I don't know why.
This is with the boot removed and what the bottom of the plastic piece looks like from the side.
This picture is with the shifter in third gear. I have not adjusted the piece with the cable yet. I see there is a strange plastic tab underneath the console that looks as if it will interfere with the cable once I raise it on the shaft.
I placed a paper towel underneath the console on top of the shifter ball. I did this to prevent plastic from the console from getting onto the ball. I then proceeded to use a dremel with a cut wheel to trim the console and create space for the shifter cable.
What it looked like after I cut the console. I cleaned it up after this pic. Also, prior to making this cut I pushed the plastic on the shifter up as high as I could as I like really short throws. I then put it in first and fifth gear to measure how far to the left and right I would need to cut to allow room for the cable.
This is where I made the first cut on the plastic tube. Remember if you cut it too short the knob will have nothing to snug against. I had to cut quite a bit more off after as I made small cuts. I figured I could always take more plastic off but I can't put it back on.
Ok this is the picture of what the boot and boot trim look like. The edge showing is the edge that goes toward the front of the vehicle. This piece would have to be cut to allow room for the cable to travel.
This is what it looked like after I used a dremel to cut this piece. I did not take the leather off as I am lazy. If you choose to use this method to cut it just make sure you don't cut the leather on the boot. I did cut some of the leather that was attached to the trim but made sure not to cut the boot with the wheel.
The following two pictures are with everything installed and the plastic piece with the cable pushed up as much as I could go.
These next two pictures are with the boot snapped back into place. It is as solid as it was prior to the mod. You wouldn't be able to tell there were any cuts unless you removed the boot.
The last picture here is of the pieces that I had ended up cutting off from the tube inside the boot. There was a little melted plastic from the wheel but you can get a ball park idea of how much I cut-off.
Added by request of AzPete
This is how I measured the boot tube (the plastic tube) The measurement I got was just shy of 2 1/2". Remember, this length is dependent on how much you raise the plastic piece holding your cable and is what mine ended up being. Cut the pieces of your car at your own risk-my disclaimer.
When you replace the shift knob there is something you have to be aware of. Tighten the knob until snug. If you keep tightening the knob the plastic piece holding the cable up gets pushed down increasing the throw of the shift. I over tightened the knob the first time. I just removed the shifter knob and unclipped the boot and moved the plastic piece up the shifter again and reinstalled.
My overall opinion is that the throws are shorter. There is a lot less play in the shifter and it is just as smooth as it was before. I am happy with my free mod. I will not attempt to cut my shifter to shorten the height although when cash allows I may purchase a lower height short throw shifter such as the Steeda. Worthwhile mod. I will spend my money on other mods. When everything else I want to do is done, then I might buy a STS.