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I installed the BILLETWORKZ short shifter kit over the weekend. While in there I also changed to the GroupN trans mount, Whiteline crossmember bushings, and a Perrin pitch stop mount. All I can say is wow, what a difference. Everything feels so much tighter and more connected. As for NVH, I don't really notice any difference. From what I can tell there is a little more sound but nothing that's annoying. The shifter itself is way more direct and I want to say stiffer. It does take a little getting used to after driving the stock shifter for a few weeks. I'm coming from daily driving my 2006 Pontiac GTO that is way more visceral in every since of the word. Below are some of the picture I took of the process. I really just followed BILLETWORKZ instructions and everything went great. I don't have any pictures of the crossmember bushing or pitch mount, just forgetting to take pictures.

While I had the center console apart I also took the time to route/mount a ScanGauge II. I don't like not having some, what I consider, basic gauges. Of course after a day of having the ScanGauge installed I am receiving a Starlink email telling me it's not working properly. That's not a huge deal to me, just annoying.

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Good job, congrats! How long did it take you? I opted for the easiest job, merely adding a Perrin shifter stop. That in itself reduced the sloppiness and improved the shifting "feel" more than I hoped for.

Also - why would Starlink complain about the Scangauge? I have an OBD2 reader pemanently plugged, and no error messages whatsoever.
 

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I was taking my time on the install and it took about 6 hours. This was with taking time for my kids and doing some odds and ends, like routing the Scangauge. I could have probably done it in a few hours without the distractions. It wasn't hard and following the instructions made all the little stuff very easy. However, I do have a lot of tools and DIY experience working on vehicles.

As for the Starlink complaining I don't really know why the Scangauge causes an issue since it is just a basic OBD2 reader. I was able to find a TSB from Subaru but it doesn't really tell you anything other than to unplug the reader every time you turn the car off. (Subaru TSB) Which OBD2 reader are you running?
 

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So I reached out to ScanGauge and told them the issue I am having since plugging in their gauge. They replied almost immediately, saying that they know about this issue and have a fix that should correct the problem. I am going to be mailing them my gauge tomorrow and I'll give an update once I receive it back.
 

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So I reached out to ScanGauge and told them the issue I am having since plugging in their gauge. They replied almost immediately, saying that they know about this issue and have a fix that should correct the problem. I am going to be mailing them my gauge tomorrow and I'll give an update once I receive it back.
Once you get your unit back, would you mind posting the firmware version on your ScanGauge? I updated mine about a year ago but still experience the same StarLink issue. I have v3.15 right now.
 

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I've done a lot of short throw shifters before but this was very different for me. The Kartboy one is similar to the one you did. I just installed one in my kids WRX. Same setup, it was on the tricky side, but doable for sure. good video that will help with the install >> Video Link << . I was amazed at how much shorter the throws were. It takes a little time to get use to it's so different but in a good way.


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I just ordered a new Fusion shift knob, shift plate, and bushing from them. I used to have one of these on my old car, and it made such a difference. I tried for 2-1/2 years to deal with it by just adding a shift stop, but it's time. Can't wait!
 

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how do you like that shift knob? I've contemplated buying that for my car but the Subaru website says its $185 and that seems like a lot to spend on a shift knob but I may do it if its worth it.
 

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There is already some kind of shift stop on the right side of the shifter to protect the reverse gear. I went to a scrapyard, picked one up and installed it on the left side of the shifter as a shift stop. Works well and costs nothing.
 

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how do you like that shift knob? I've contemplated buying that for my car but the Subaru website says its $185 and that seems like a lot to spend on a shift knob but I may do it if its worth it.
The knob was okay while I used it. It does have a nice hand feel and is slightly weighted. However, I did end up changing it after changing to the short shifter. The knob was just a little to low and I didn't like the way the gear changes felt anymore. I ended up purchasing the Raceseng Cylix during their Black Friday sale. This gives me the little bit of extra height and weight. The hand feel isn't quite as nice but the shifts are much better.
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The knob was okay while I used it. It does have a nice hand feel and is slightly weighted. However, I did end up changing it after changing to the short shifter. The knob was just a little to low and I didn't like the way the gear changes felt anymore. I ended up purchasing the Raceseng Cylix during their Black Friday sale. This gives me the little bit of extra height and weight. The hand feel isn't quite as nice but the shifts are much better. View attachment 314186
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Love the plastic on the radio screen. Mine was on there until I replaced it with the 8". It's still on there to, but in a box now.
 

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Love the plastic on the radio screen. Mine was on there until I replaced it with the 8". It's still on there to, but in a box now.
Yeah, I figured I'd keep it on for as long as I can. I'm sure one of my kids will eventually end up pulling on it though. I'm currently debating on buying the 8" screen or an aftermarket unit. When you changed to the 8" screen is there any programing you have to do to get it to work properly with your vehicle?
 

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Yeah, I figured I'd keep it on for as long as I can. I'm sure one of my kids will eventually end up pulling on it though. I'm currently debating on buying the 8" screen or an aftermarket unit. When you changed to the 8" screen is there any programing you have to do to get it to work properly with your vehicle?
Nope, was all plug n play. Nothing additional needed. I added an underseat sub. So I did put a line out converter in there as well.
 
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