View Full Version : Modified OBX shifter

12-09-2002, 09:43 PM
I'm not sure if this interests anyone but I'll detail it just in case.

I recently decided to modify my OBX shifter to increase it's performance level. I was satisfied with the throw but the stock height and indirect feel made me wish for more. To remedy this, I removed the dampening section of the shifter. To make it even shorter, I cut a half inch off of the bottom part and then welded it together. I'd recommend you have someone with a good welder do the work, I had a friend weld at a body shop weld the 2 pieces together.

If you have a knob with a shift pattern, you will need to install the knob and align the halves before welding. I didn't have to do this in my case.

Opinion: I now have a short shifter that sits at the height I wanted and no longer feels sloppy. The decreased length requires more effort to shift but it's well rewarded with a nice solid feel when sliding into gear. After a couple of days you'll no longer notice the increased effort.

I have a few pictures of the final product installed in the car. I didn't have my camera with me or I would have gotten some pictures of the process.

The welded shifer rod:

The final product installed:

12-09-2002, 10:06 PM
Dman, that looks nice. Very simplistic...

12-09-2002, 10:26 PM
I did the same thing a couple months ago - But I just seperated the 2 pieces, then cut 3/4 of an inch off the top of the lower part. I then re-installed the bushing (with some adhesive to prevent spinning) and slid the top part back on (once again with adhesive) over the bushing.

Works great - Much better than when first installed.

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12-10-2002, 12:40 AM
Simplistic means that it appears to simple but is complex.
Nice shifter though

-Poster: Nigaud240sx
-Subject: Re: Modified OBX shifter

-Dman, that looks nice. Very simplistic..

12-10-2002, 12:44 AM

Main Entry: simĚplisĚtic
Pronunciation: sim-'plis-tik
Function: adjective
Date: circa 1881
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by simplism : OVERSIMPLE <adequate, if occasionally simplistic, historical background -- Harlow Robinson>
- simĚplisĚtiĚcalĚly /-ti-k(&-)lE/ adverb

But, nice try.

Thank Merriam-Webster for that...I checked because I thought you just taught me a new definition. But it came up short, bro.


12-10-2002, 10:25 AM
Orion: I actually did that same modification a few months back and the shorter height helped out a lot. However, even with some 3M Windo-weld it came apart. I started trying to come up with a way to fix it and removed the problem spot instead http://forums.freshalloy.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif

12-10-2002, 12:44 PM
Brad? What up brotha!

I did the same thing to my OBX shifter. I cut about 2 inches off it, It's perfect now.

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12-10-2002, 01:44 PM
Yeah it's me Tim.. I think OBX should just make it like this and that would solve all their problems.

BTW.. I still need a ride to feel the 300zx brakes to help me decide if I want them http://forums.freshalloy.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif

12-10-2002, 02:56 PM
Haha yeah.. You should have jumped in the car with me at the XceedSpeed barbeque!

The 240 will be down for maintenence soon though until the spring time.

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12-10-2002, 08:46 PM
why cut and weld if u can just cut the top off. You wont be able to use threaded knobs, but what about the slip ons?

Not an attack, just a question http://forums.freshalloy.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif

12-10-2002, 11:53 PM
Good question.. but the main reason was to keep the current knob I have. A good shift knob is all about ergonomics and I've had many a shift knob that looked good but once you get your hand on it you get the feeling it was designed to look good but not feel good. I heard a lot of Miata guys raving about the Voodoo knob and since I knew the Nissan threads were the same as Mitsu and Mitsu was the same as Mazda, I ordered one. This knob is definately the best one I've owned. The shape is perfect for hand and any position of the hand. Since it feels so right in my hand, I didn't want to deal with finding a slip on that felt the same.

So that's really the only reason for me. It will work either way I suppose.

12-11-2002, 01:47 PM
Did anyone else have a hell of a time with the lower dust boot? (the one that is "supposed" to fit over the "lip" on the aluminum plate)

12-12-2002, 01:06 AM
Take the shifter apart and it's easy to get on. Use windshield butyl rubber adhesive to join the metal and rubber.

12-13-2002, 11:59 AM
I'd be generous saying that OBX machined a 1mm lip on the plate that I have... it's like a joke. There's no lip for the boot to hold onto. But it's ok, I drilled a couple very small holes in the plate and bolted a taller collar over the original (and sealed it with liquid gasket)... it's kind of weird, but it worked and there's no interference.