I bought myself a ralco short shifter for christmas. I installed it today and it went together very easy and shifts great! Cheap and would recommend to anyone who is looking for a short throw on a budget.
i dont know if they had gotten any better in the past few years, but i know they had a big problem with the ball at the bottom of the shifter where the cable connects to coming lose and falling off of the shifter. My buddy gave me mine because it was starting to come lose so i just welded mine when i got it and have been using it for 7+ years now with no problem.