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Default MP Short Shifter Installed + Detailed Install Instructions

Initial impressions are very good. It feels a lot better than stock. Also the installation was easier than I thought. I wrote up instructions for it here,
http://www.lehigh.edu/~cak7/Pics/MP/...eSolution.html

I set the adjustable shifter to the shortest amount and removed the reverse lockout. I can easily get into any gear and I still have the 5th gear/reverse bumper.


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Yep mine has arrived this morning. Glory be.

My neighbour will die. He wants one for his WRX.

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As an edit nope it was not the shifter just a deliverey from ebay still waiting
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Great write up Eric.

Does it feel a lot tighter and more precise than stock (other than being a shorter throw); or is there anything else you can say about the product?

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I think the MP Short Shifter feels great and is more precise than stock. It also fixes some of the other problems of the stock shifter. Take the boot off the stock shifter and push it hard into gear. If you look at the ball joint you can see it flex under force because some of it is made of rubber. This picture shows the stock ball exploded and you can see all that parts. The two rings with the blue * are rubber bushings. When the stock shifter is used these bushings flex and add to the sloppiness of the gear shifter. The other problem with the stock shifter is that plastic bushings at the base (4) wear slowly over time. The bottom of the MP Short Shifter that houses the bushings is slightly smaller than the stock shifter. The plastic bushings fit tighter in the short shifter and it eliminates any excess play from the bushing.

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Thanks for the quick reply and detail of what is being improved... I'm debating what to get first:

1- MP Short Shifter
2- MP Steering Brace and Clamp
3- MP Rear Sway Bar

Other than that I am ordering out some new front rotors. Either Slotted and Crossdrilled Brembos or Slotted Rotoras. ERP, I know you have some nice rotors- what's your opinion?
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nice!!! Now thats a product I like. Way to go MP Performance. I like I like!!
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wow.. nice product!
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ERP, I know you have some nice rotors- what's your opinion
Hi I have the ATE Atom grove discs from Parts For Saabs. Had them on over a year now well smart no surface marks run with pads very well no excessive wear or noise under braking.

Take a look ATE

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Eric, down on step 5 with using the vise, you spelled know, not knob.
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Thanks Dead... those look like some nice rotors and they sell them on TheSaabSite.com which my dad loves.
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I want one. But that install looks a little on the difficult side. :-?
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I want one. But that install looks a little on the difficult side. :-?
Donít be intimidated by the long instructions. I wrote it out detailed incase anyone got stuck somewhere. But truthfully most of the dismantling of the consol is straight forward and you can do it without any instructions. I was worried at first about removing the shift knob and the old stick, but it turned out to be real easy.


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ERP, I know you have some nice rotors- what's your opinion?
Iím using the Zimmerman Crossdrilled Rotors with the stock pads and Iím real pleased with the stopping power. The crossdrilled rotors do a much better job at expelling heat. With stock rotors I would experience shuttering and slight brake fade during a 120-60 mph quick slow down. With the crossdrillled rotors I can go from 120-0 mph with no fade or pulsating. Stock pads produce a fair amount of dust but it cleans off easily. Crossdrilled rotors might go through pads quicker but their cost is low and I like the increased stopping power.
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I think im gonna break down and do it anyway. If I need help I got smart friends lol. ERP: Do you suppose you could take a pic of your car in first, then in second? I wanna see how much the throw is shortened w/o the reverse lockout.
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does anyone know if we can still get them for the 136$ sale price?
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does anyone know if we can still get them for the 136$ sale price?
What he said..?? :wink:
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Yeess it has arrived haha.

Thats a nice bit of kit. The wife looked at it and shoock her head.

So just got to fit the shower and then the shifter.

I was wondering wether to remove the reverse lift. I would like to fit a custom knob and shift boot.
Will this affect reverse lock?

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If you remove the entire knob assembly with the black tube that fits down the length of the shifter. But can't you seperate that from the knob itself? I think Munki has a topic on this over on his site.
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Yes BK I have had a scan at the Munki's site and the knob removal guide.

So what are we saying the knob has nothing to do with reverse lockout? Is the spring just to do with the lift?

As I read Munki's words the spring is just the reverse coller and the actual reverse lockout is at the base of the shifter. So if I remove or rather just don't use anything but the actual base of the shifter when I rebuild it with the MP kit. I will have no reverse lock catch at the base of the shift stick. It appears that the part of the mechanisam is actually integral to the outer plastic sheath of the original shifter.

Hmm I rather like the reverse lockout its a Saab thing

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Yeah, but there's bound to be a way to seperate the sleave from the knob.
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So if I install this. How do I remove the reverse lockout with it? And how do u know how low u can take it?
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