Come on you guys, cut it out...LOL
I'm the one who's ghetto that did the mod.
The main reason I did it was because the stock shifter kind of sits too high for me and I really liked my old 1979 Rabbit 4-speed that came with a short shifter. So, I cut it. It was easy for me to do and after you re-thread the shifter with the cutting die, it looks professionally done.