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Old 08-19-2004, 08:18 PM   #1
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New Shifter Knob..Killed my short shifter?

I bought this momo knob from Revamp and I love the way it feels, it really makes me feel like I have better control of the gears, however, the height of my shift is close to the stock height of the svt's shifter. I have the Steeda Short shifter and I am wondering, am I just cancelling out the effects of the short shifter? I always thought that the Steeda was engineered with different pivot points so it really didnt matter the length, either way, it feels pretty good, the throws do seem a little longer.

Just wondering everyones take on this, also wondering what everyone thinks of the looks here it is:


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Old 08-19-2004, 08:24 PM   #2
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Well you should still get some 'performance' from the STS cause STEEDA does actually engineer it to be more sporty but because of the added height of the shifter with the new MOMO knob it might feel like it's not really working like a STS probably should feel.

To be honest, there isn't any great 'significant' differences between the shifting feel from the stock one to the STS besides the fact that the throws are shorter. It also feels a bit tighter (when finding the gears).

Technically I guess a higher shift knob will 'deter' the short throw feeling.
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Old 08-19-2004, 08:25 PM   #3
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Well you should still get some 'performance' from the STS cause STEEDA does actually engineer it to be more sporty but because of the added height of the shifter with the new MOMO knob it might feel like it's not really working like a STS probably should feel.

To be honest, there isn't any great 'significant' differences between the shifting feel from the stock one to the STS besides the fact that the throws are shorter. It also feels a bit tighter (when finding the gears).

Technically I guess a higher shift knob will 'deter' the short throw feeling.
I guess im wondering..is that really a bad thing? It feels to me like I can get through the gears quickly, but some people place so much emphasis on the throws being so short..is it really that much better performance wise?
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Old 08-19-2004, 11:46 PM   #4
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Scott is right, it's not. I mean it's probably about 45% looks / 45% performance feel / 10% actual performance (for the fact that you can shift faster, etc)....
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I don't think the Steeda STS is all it's made out to be. When I put mine on it wasn't nearly as large as improvement as I was expecting/hoping. I think maybe I got built up on the hype and was expecting too much. To me, if it feels right to you JB, screw the engineering, pivot point, throw distance, etc. Sometimes things just work better because they feel more comfortable.

I've been thinking about doing to same thing just because I don't care for the way the shape of the stock shift knob fits my hand. The teardrop shapes have always felt better to me. How much problem was it to do? Doesn't the top of the boot attach to the bottom of the stock shift knob?
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I don't think the Steeda STS is all it's made out to be. When I put mine on it wasn't nearly as large as improvement as I was expecting/hoping. I think maybe I got built up on the hype and was expecting too much. To me, if it feels right to you JB, screw the engineering, pivot point, throw distance, etc. Sometimes things just work better because they feel more comfortable.

I've been thinking about doing to same thing just because I don't care for the way the shape of the stock shift knob fits my hand. The teardrop shapes have always felt better to me. How much problem was it to do? Doesn't the top of the boot attach to the bottom of the stock shift knob?
Yea, I love the shape of it, I kinda wish the leather was darker to match the interior better btu I don't think there is anything to fix that.

As far as install, there is a zip tie that holds the boot on tight to the stock knob, so I cut that, replaced it with another one, and strung it up tight on the knob. The knob itself has a bottom cap on it that sits on the bottum of the shaft until you have put the knob on, and then you bring the cap up and screw it on, after you have put in your screws to hold it in place.

I had to put a rubber washer in between the two pieces to hold the shifter boot up, im sure there is a lot of other ways to do this.

The bulb is universal and it has a bunch of rubber fittings that fit inside it to fit your correct size, it doesnt actually screw on it just pushes on and then u put in the 3 small screws to hold it in place. It is like a rock for me. Kinda rediculous that the knob cost 90 dollars new but I got a good deal on it thanks to Revamp (thank you!)

Italians sure are serious about their car parts, this knob came packaged like it was a turbo kit..lol.
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I believe the sts's that change pivot points are supposed to give you the effects of a short shifter without the feel of one.
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The Steeda STS does shorten the throws, and by increasing the height of your knob, you are increasing the distance your hand has to travel...so ya, you're kind of cancelling the effect of the short throw, but with the new pivot point, it shouldn't make a big difference.
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I can't answer your questions about the shifting but it looks like you're getting plenty of help with those things.

I do think it looks really nice in there with the blue interior!
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