I was never a big fan, ok, hated, how tall the stock shifting setup was. It felt like I was shifting a NASCAR at times. The range of height adjustment for the new setup is pretty amazing. I have it set to its lowest level and it is perfect. I can’t imagine ever raising it, but If I needed to, then you just unscrew a collar, pull up and screw it down to lock it. Pretty simple.
This shifting was something I have done to every manual car I’ve ever had, install a short throw shifter. I installed the awesome adjustable one from CravenSpeed.
You don’t realize how sloppy and how big the range of shifting travel is on the stock setup until you get a new shifter. This shifter reduces travel drastically! I don’t think my shift knob goes past the diameter of the little shift circle housing. I don’t know the exact travel reduction but I’m guessing its about 30-40%.
One underrated feature of the new shifter is the supplied bushings. Those are a must install. They eliminate the loose sloppy feeling found in the stock shifter. When I shift it almost feels like a magnet is pulling the lever into gear. The slop and delay are gone when you shift between gears giving me a clean and accurate shift.
Overall, besides lowering springs/coilovers and a rear sway bar, this is definitely a “must do Mini mod”. The shifter is one of the most used parts in a Mini so might as well give feel back to the driver. The CravenSpeed adjustable short throw shifter does just that.
Yes, the Mini is a go-kart already, but now its really a go-kart!!