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I did my swap on jack stands w/ just enough clearance to slide the R154 under the car... It was just as much fun as it sounds.
That must have sucked hard

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Jong - Thanks for the input in the thread! The measurements of the throw reduction is great info! Yes the Z shape may cause some problems clearance is an issue. I will take photos of mine this weekend and Update some more info on here for others. I am still using mine even at the drag strip and I do not have any complains on the shifter. I also have the complete driftmotion kit and marlin crawer parts in my trans. I did notice the shifter took a bit more muscle to get it into gear. Now it just feels like a transmission that means business. My extension is 2-1/8" no impact to the console. Maybe once you drive it a bit the feel might loosen up a bit. On my car it is very noticable if your in gear or not. Its like a firm clicking and the shift throw stops crisply. Reverse can be a pain though. I am using redline mt-90 for oil. Cheers!
Awesome -yes additional photos would be great. I bought the shifter extension from Excessive Manufacturing.
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I'm hoping the trans will losen up. Almost all gears feel "normal" - still very notchy which is awesome, but the 1-2 shift is definitely the most difficult. I had to do a few things last night and I checked the oil level (also using MT-90) and the oil that did come out the filler hole had quite a bit of metal dust (very tiny particles). I hope this is just normal break-in for the synchros, that MT-90 is kinda pricey, but I might drain and refill just to get all that out and see if I accumulate more or if shifting improves.

I was playing around w/ the stock IS300 shifter too. It almost looks like you could get that to work in the R154 with a little modification, but I don't want to trash my good one (hoping to sell the W55). The IS300 shifter mount doesn't have a ball socket/gasket like the R154 and W58, instead it has that cylindrical bushing - but that can be removed and a standard ball is underneath. You'd have to fab a simple spacer but I bet it'd work just fine.

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That must have sucked hard
Haha, yes. But totally worth it.

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Did you end up using Loctite on the black bolts? How'd that work out? I wanted to check fit so I did not glue the pieces together. I think I'll end up having the machine shop straighten the bend, shorten it by an inch and weld it together.

Other than the wobbliness because of the lack of bonding agent the shifts feel great.

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I believe ShiftnGears is right, the Z-shaped shifter won't fit no matter which way you install it. It will hit the trim and/or push the knob so far back it'll be above your cup holders. The angled one is the way to go - and you have to do the 2.5" extension unless you want to cut out your transmission tunnel. No amount of hammering will resolve clearance issues.

What I was trying to say before is that the stock R154 shifter hits the plastic trim (center console cover w/ the cupholders, chrome bezel, ashtray, 12V socket, etc). The transmission does not hit the transmission tunnel if you mount it correctly. However, if you use the stock mount without spacers, it will impact the transmission tunnel. You have to lower it at least 1.5".

I also wouldn't recommend installing the trans w/ the shifter pre-installed. It sticks out like a sore thumb -- I think you'll know what I"m talking about when you do the swap. Do you have a vehicle lift? I did my swap on jack stands w/ just enough clearance to slide the R154 under the car... It was just as much fun as it sounds.

Good luck and please post up your experience w/ the shifter. I'm curious to see how you make it work.
Here is how the z shaped shifter fits into my r154.

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Can you install the shifter fulcrum assembly w/ that clearance?

How does it shift?

Will you have to cut out some of the tunnel or extend that hole?

If you can make this work without having to do too much modding to the tunnel, AND without the shifter extension, that's pretty awesome -- it definitely would save some folks some money and headache without modding the trans to get it to fit.

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This is what my shifter looked like when installed without any modification. I hated how it sat way too high and kinda tilted to the back.



Had a local machine shop remove the bend and weld the piece together (sorry for the sideways pic).



This is how it sits now. A bit further back than stock shifter but much better.





Overall this allowed me to be able to install the center console as my stock r154 shifter would nail the shit out of the chrome ring every time I shifted into 2nd and I had taken it off permanently. The throws are shortened considerably and needs some time getting used to but overall I'm happy with how it turned out.

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