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Just had installed the OEM Porsche Short Shifter. Dropped it off with my tech and he brought my 718C back to me in 30minutes. Great mod for this platform and for me a necessity. It reminds me of the shifter in the 981 Spyder because it is that shifter. Throws are a bit shorter but the big plus is the reduction of the shifter height. It's now easier to shift while maintaining my elbow on the armrest. Shifts are more crisp and for some reason the gear locations feel more intuitive. Not as if I had an issue finding gears before, but with this installed there's something telepathic about finding gears.
 

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Two questions:

1. How much, including parts and labor, was the mod?

2. Does your shifter now make the Fast & Furious metallic "clunk" when you shift gears?

Okay, I am just kidding about No. 2.
 
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Two questions:

1. How much, including parts and labor, was the mod?

2. Does your shifter now make the Fast & Furious metallic "clunk" when you shift gears?

Okay, I am just kidding about No. 2.
The part can be found online starting at $250. I believe that’s the Suncoast price. Labor should be at your local Porsche dealership about 1 hour or if they charge by the half then... well half that.

That’s a great “clunk” sound, but sadly no.
 

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Glad to hear the upgrade has resulted in cleaner shifts, and that price seems more than reasonable. And speaking of the fast and furious, hopefully now your "double clutching" like you should aha.
 

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Glad to hear the upgrade has resulted in cleaner shifts, and that price seems more than reasonable. And speaking of the fast and furious, hopefully now your "double clutching" like you should aha.
Double clutching and granny shifting.
 

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I never thought about a short shifter for my 718......something to consider for the future. I put a short shifter and solid cable bushings on my last car....Focus RS.....that definitely needed it. I’m happy with the way the 718 feels stock, but I would be curious to see how a short shifter mod is.
 

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I never thought about a short shifter for my 718......something to consider for the future. I put a short shifter and solid cable bushings on my last car....Focus RS.....that definitely needed it. I’m happy with the way the 718 feels stock, but I would be curious to see how a short shifter mod is.
Here's a teaser.

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I'll take a couple more of this one and post them. I'll then take photo's of both 911 and 718 manual gear levers for reference. Then I will take... I think that's it.

Guaji, the funny thing is you know I also had a FoRS, and I know from the other forum that you also still have a FiST. But did you know that I also had a FiST just before my FoRS? Didn't keep them long enough to do the short shift or bushings mod to either. What I did do however is add the short shifter plate to my previous FoST. This mod on my 718C however is not as short as the one on my FoST (in it's max setting), but is a much more direct and natural feel without ambiguity of which gear I'm about to go into. I do believe though that although I interpret the feel, height, weight as perfect for my car, I would say that the ideal throw should still be about 10% shorter. So in my eyes it's not perfect, but I think its as great as it needs to be for an OEM style unit.
 

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Oddly enough, when I test drove a Cayman S manual...I didn't love the shifter. I don't know why. It was notchy but felt long. This shift kit may have fixed that, but I figured I'd give PDK a try since I've never had a dual clutch.
 

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I would love to feel how the short shifter is before I’d commit to installing it. On the RS, the mods I did made it a lil too stiff, maybe due to the solid bushings. Throws were better though.
 

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Spectacular car! Sub-par sound system and suspension in terms of being a good daily, which as a hatch it should be. Otherwise excellent, fun, and extremely communicative.
Are you talking about the Focus RS?
 
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Maybe I was disappointed because I had such high hopes for that car. Or maybe I build my Golf R to the point that the RS seemed obsolete. I'm not sure, but I love the concept, I like the looks, it's quick, but it drives rough on anything besides smooth surface, and the Recaro seats are designed for a skinny kid. I like supportive seats, but in this car, I was essentially sitting on the side bolsters. Plus, you sit up real high in the car, same as the ST. It just wasn't for me... A non modified Golf R might not be as quick, but it's a complete package. I do like the sound that the RS emits, over most of the hot hatch segment. They have the sound part down!
 

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Maybe I was disappointed because I had such high hopes for that car. Or maybe I build my Golf R to the point that the RS seemed obsolete. I'm not sure, but I love the concept, I like the looks, it's quick, but it drives rough on anything besides smooth surface, and the Recaro seats are designed for a skinny kid. I like supportive seats, but in this car, I was essentially sitting on the side bolsters. Plus, you sit up real high in the car, same as the ST. It just wasn't for me... A non modified Golf R might not be as quick, but it's a complete package. I do like the sound that the RS emits, over most of the hot hatch segment. They have the sound part down!
I enjoyed the RS even though it had it’s compomises.....biggest of which is the HG issue. I am rather thin, so the Recaros were fine for me. Ride was firm but I dealt with it. Florida roads are not as bad as some other states. It would be a different story if we had alot of pot holes. My biggest issue was aggressively overtaking someone on the road...while changing lanes and getting on the throttle and steering left, I think the AWD drive system would make it feel like some crazy torque steer.....first time this happened it surprised me. I felt like I was gonna go off the road to the left. Now that I have a 718 and understand why people mention sitting high....when i am in my Fiesta ST, I feel like I’m sitting on a stack of books.
 
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