Just got my shifter in that I bought from customthecoltGT, and man is it nice.
When I got it, it was packaged well, and looked good. the welds were solid, and the finish was nice (yeah, no one will ever see it, but still, who likes to recieve rusty parts...).
Pic of stock vs shortened.
I did have to remove some weld material from the underside of the shifter in order for it to fit correctly... luckily I had some porting tools sitting around.
I had to grind down this welding almost flush like the stock shifter. A little material wont hurt, but most of it had to go.
Now, when I got this shifter I was kinda dismayed that the shifter was going to sit very low in the saddle for me to use. I dont like making alot of arm movement from steering wheel to shifter, so I started thinking. What if I lifted the shifter plate from the body? So I dug up some longer bolts and went to the hardware store and purchased $3.50 worth of washers and viola:
This ended up lifting the back of the shifter bracket a little over an inch - any higher and I dont think it would work. I left the front bolts at the stock height, so this tilted the whole bracket towards the front some. this was perfect because I also tightened the shifter cables and that was causing the shifter to lean alot to the rear. 2nd and 4th gear had the shifter so far back it was difficult to shift.
so now the shifter was only about an inch or less shorter than the stock shifter. perfect.
Shifter in center (neutral) position.
Shifter in 1st:
Shifter in 2nd:
So for the total money:
$55.00 - shifter
$3.50 - washers
I am quite happy with the shifter.