IRP short shifter and MTEC clutch spring
I haven’t done much with the car in a while, it’s been in storage most of the time. Today I installed a couple of parts I’ve been looking forward to; MTEC clutch spring and an IRP short shifter.
I always thought the transmission was a bit wonky even though there were no major issues, so after doing a lot of research I decided to buy the shifter. The box it came in is smaller than I expected. However, the packaging and finish look very good.
The only downside is that it was completely disassembled and there are no instructions, included or on the manufacturer’s site. There is a good install video from ft86speedfactory that shows you most of what you need to know. There were 2 things that were not very obvious: the lockout option won’t work unless the cable is pinched with a bolt, and the rubber boot at the bottom needs to be bolted to the included bracket.
Pinch the cable with the bolt. Otherwise, you won’t be able to engage reverse.
Since I had to use jack stands for the install, it was a pain in the ass. This will definitively be easier on a lift. Lots of sweat, bruised and scraped hands, a couple of tears, and 4 hours later it was in the car.
Everything back together.
There are a couple of bolts that need to be adjusted in order to set proper engagement for 1- 2 and 5 – 6. It took a couple of tries but after that, it works very well. The shifts are very precise and notchy. This, combined with the MTEC clutch spring greatly improved the feel of the car. Driving around town is so much smoother, I’m expecting this to be transferred to the track.
IRP claims a 60% throw reduction, definitively feels very short.