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Postby Marcsnapon » 27 Jul 2017, 21:09

Hi, I've been looking at T25 gear lever quick shift kits, has any club members fitted one, and would they recommend fitting a kit.
My gearshift is fine but I do fancy reducing the travel of the gearstick.
I would welcome any feedback. :ok
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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby crazyhorse » 27 Jul 2017, 21:34

Do it,

Got it from Brickwerks. Easy to install (i can do it), and a good price. Comes with detailed instructions. Initially after doing it the difference was amazing. Time being such a strange thing now I have had it for a while, it feels like it was before. It would be strange to go back to how it was before, traveling so far from first to second
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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby Mr Bean » 27 Jul 2017, 22:10

Got to admit that my five speed gear change does entail a fair amount of pudding stirring and gives me a bit of discomfort in my shoulder particularly when moving it over to the right. If the short change kit simply moves the fulcrum up the stick a bit then unless I have it wrong surely it must reduce the velocity ratio and, all things being equal, reduce the mechanical advantage. So requiring more effort. Is this so?
I have to admit that the inspection and possible adjustment/refurbishment of the linkages is a couple of jobs away. :roll:

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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby silverbullet » 28 Jul 2017, 09:18

The 5-speed lever detent is a nasty affair. I have a prototype on test which will reduce the throw but also put the neutral positon of the lever in the 2/3 plane, with spring bias to either side, still push down for reverse i.e. more like any other VW car.


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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby bigherb » 28 Jul 2017, 10:07

They work well with just a small increase in effort required to move the lever.
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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby jimrat » 28 Jul 2017, 10:15

Does it improve the transition 1st into 2nd gear on a dogleg 5 speed box?

Every time, pulling away from traffic lights, I can almost feel the ire of the driver behind wondering why I'm dawdling!
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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby mrhutch » 28 Jul 2017, 11:12

set off in second! (On the flat)
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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby Mr Bean » 28 Jul 2017, 13:38

mrhutch wrote:set off in second! (On the flat)


Yes. This is also a method of shocking the would be Fangio's in their fast hatchbacks by an apparent slow start which as the second gear gets a hold, leaves them for cold as they change out of first gear into second.
Not that yours truly would do such a dastardly trick :wink:

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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby jamesakers » 28 Jul 2017, 14:03

silverbullet wrote:The 5-speed lever detent is a nasty affair. I have a prototype on test which will reduce the throw but also put the neutral positon of the lever in the 2/3 plane, with spring bias to either side, still push down for reverse i.e. more like any other VW car.


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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby silverbullet » 28 Jul 2017, 21:46

jimrat wrote:Does it improve the transition 1st into 2nd gear on a dogleg 5 speed box?

Every time, pulling away from traffic lights, I can almost feel the ire of the driver behind wondering why I'm dawdling!
My lever kit should improve that by virtue of the spring assistance, but its as good as the state of your transmission and linkage bushes...

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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby silverbullet » 28 Jul 2017, 21:47

mrhutch wrote:set off in second! (On the flat)
Always in the 2.6 ;)

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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby ajsimmo » 29 Jul 2017, 08:18

I suppose you could have Aidan take 1st gear out of the box altogether, to save weight and therefore get away from the lights quicker.

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Re: Gear lever quick shift kits

Postby jimrat » 02 Aug 2017, 18:59

Just to update this thread

I fitted a t3volution short shifter kit to my 5sp van. Very easy to fit (10 minutes - see here https://vwt25.blog/2016/05/31/short-shift-kit/) and really improved the gear change - much quicker 1st into 2nd by virtue of the shorter distance that gear lever has to move. Trade off is slightly more effort to push against detente to get into 1st / reverse.

All in all £25 well spent :ok

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