A common misconception in the industry is that a short throw shifter
is just a chopped off version of the stock shifter, in reality it
is a much more complex part. The geometry of a short throw shifter
has been altered in such a way as to reduce the distance that the
upper section of the shifter needs to move to achieve the same degree
of movement in the lower section. The pictures below illustrate the
stock throw versus the reduced throw of the TWM short shifter.
The end result is a shorter, more precise shift which requires a shorter
hand movement to engage the gear.
2. Why should I purchase a TWM Performance short shifter?
We have taken the extra steps in order to make TWM short shift kits the
most complete on the market. For example, where required we include
special tools which simplify disassembly of stock parts without damaging
them. We also include machined shoulder bolts, specially designed stepped
bushings, which hold themselves in place during installation and allen
keys to ensure that you'll have all the necessary tools needed to install
the kit. In some applications, aluminum bushings are provided to replace
the stock rubber parts thus removing unwanted play from the shift assembly.
We have applications for the most popular manufacturers of sport compact
cars. When you buy TWM, you're not just buying a short shifter, you're
buying a new shifting experience.
3. How much do your shifters reduce the throw by?
The degree of throw reduction for all of our short shifters is determined
by the vehicle itself. Every car uses a different shifter mechanism
and has a different center console and seating position. The amount
that the throw and knob height of a shifter can be reduced by is dependent
upon driver comfort and the throw and height of the stock shifters.
Some of our shifters reduce the throw by more than 60% and the knob
height by well over 4", others offer smaller reductions in order
to ensure that the optimal knob position and shift throw for that
specific car is maintained. Countless hours of testing go into each
shifter design to ensure that the perfect degree of throw and height
reduction is achieved. Please feel free to call or e-mail
us for specific statistics on the throw and knob height reduction
of any of our shifters.
4. Will my stock shifter knob still work with your shifter?
What is the advantage of having a TWM shift knob on my short shifter?
Our shift knobs
do a lot more than just look good. In addition to adding a beautiful
polished stainless steel or gun blue accent to your interior, it also
greatly enhances the overall shifting experience. Because the knob
weighs over 500 grams it acts as a counterweight for the shift lever.
This added weight at the top of the shifter reduces the amount of effort
needed to shift. The knob is also height adjustable so that the user
can increase the height of his shift knob if needed. We highly recommend
purchasing our shifters with the shift knob included (we offer package
deals which are a great value) in order to maximize the benefit of
your short shifter.
Will it be harder to shift if I install a short shifter?
some cases there will be a slight increase in the effort it takes
to change gears. This is 100% a result of the reduction in leverage
due to the lower height of the shift knob. A very effective solution
is to install a weighted shift knob to counteract the reduction in
Is a short shifter hard to install?
TWM Performance short shift kits include a detailed instruction manual
which illustrates each step in the installation process. All kits
require only simple hand tools to install and the majority of the
installations can be done from inside the car. In some cases a jack
and jack stands are required but anyone with only very basic mechanical
knowledge is more than qualified to install a shifter. Also, to make
installation as simple as possible we include any special or unique
tools that may be needed so that you'll have everything necessary
to install the kit.
Is a short shifter damaging to my car or transmission in any way?
is one of the most inaccurate myths present in the aftermarket industry
today. A short shifter is in no way damaging to the transmission
or any related components. It is worth mentioning, however, there
is a period of time after a shifter is installed where some care is
required in order to become acclimatized to the new part.
a short shifter has been installed the time it takes to shift is reduced
and the timing between your hand and your clutch foot must be adjusted.
Some people install a short shifter and immediately proceed to shift
as quickly and as hard as possible. We recommend that all of our customers
take several days to become accustomed to the new shifter before they
try any high-rev shifts or faster shifting. Once the timing for the
new shifter has been adjusted there shouldn't be any problems shifting
the car in any circumstances.
Can I go back to using my stock shifter if necessary?
recommend that all of our customers keep their original shifter and
accessories. All of our installations can be reversed back to stock
form if need be.
Are TWM Performance products under warranty?
all TWM Performance products are covered by a full, lifetime warranty.
Please read below for details:
A. Installation of some TWM Performance products may or may not
void factory warranties. Always keep OEM equipment that has been
replaced in case work is required at the dealer or the vehicle is
B. This warranty covers the original purchasing consumer. This warranty
is limited to repair or replacement by TWM Performance of any TWM
Performance product that fails because of a defect in materials
C. The manufacturer does not assume liability for this product under
the following conditions:
a. Damage incurred to related vehicle components
b. Regular day to day wear on vehicle
c. Shipping costs for replacements
d. Installation costs and vehicle down time
e. Products that have been modified, incorrectly installed or
f. Mounting hardware and bearings
D. TWM Performance warrants this product to be free from defects
in material or workmanship to the original purchaser with proof
of purchase. Please see the warranty card enclosed with the product.
E. TWM Performance does not assume liability beyond repair or replacement
of this product.
How long does it take to ship my order after I place it?
Orders are processed
within 2 days of their receipt depending on back order status. All
products are shipped using UPS, estimated delivery
time is 4-7 business days within the Continental US and Canada, international delivery time depends on the service, contact
us any time for a quotation!