Hey all. It's been a while since I have read this thread and man, has it ever grown! No doubt the original post by WD40 will remain a great reference for a long time.
I just noticed a few people, a few months back, had issues with the increased reach to get to 3rd and 5th. I didn't take the time to look back through all 11+ pages of the thread, but i think i posted in this thread after installing mine about the mod I made to the Steeda shifter to get at this issue.
So, anyway, just felt like posting it again, since the thread is getting so long. I did put a bend in mine - right after I installed it, I didn't like the reach, so I bent mine right away. I didn't use any torch or heat - simply laid the shifter across 2 2x4s set on edge and pounded it with a 2lb hammer - worked great and with no heat, I doubt I fatigued it at all - think of it as cold forging :) I put a slight bend in it - probably 5-8 degrees backwards and 2 degrees towards the drivers side. This combination angle was on purpose and man, the shifter is absoultely perfect now.
Be forwarned though, if you get too much bend towards the drivers side, it gets really close to your leg for reverse - so, just err on the side of a straight backwards bend with maybe just a tich to the drivers side. I just laid it across the 2x4s and held it as if I was going to create a straight backwards bend, then rotated is just slightly so that it would be compound backwards and to the drivers side. Just think it through for a minute or two before you start pounding it and it will be perfect too. The only other thing I can add is to keep the 2x4s pretty close together, this way you get a nice, tight, focused (no pun....) bend, rather than a sloppy bend over the length of the entire stick. A heavy hammer is best because it helps create the more focused bend. Pine 2x4s work great - didn't marr the stick one bit and they allow the stick to sink in to the wood a bit which holds it in place. The hammer might marr the surface but it was really nothing. I tend to be pretty perfectionistic too, and it didn't bother me at all - no big deal there.
A worth while mod to the mod, IMHO. Like I said, the stick is basically perfect now. Good luck!