Technical Cutting Gearstick

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Technical Cutting Gearstick

RegularTourist

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Hey all,

as my gearstick in my mk1 is bout 2ft tall, im really tempted to cut an inch off with a hacksaw, has anyone else attempted this? or am i bout the mess my gearstick up completly!?!:confused:

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faster4_tec

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buy a GT centre console (I can get you one from breakers yard), and the stick looks a damn site shorter (as most of stick is covered by console) and feels nicer too, even makes a nice noise with the bag wrinkling up!
 

sutty2tone

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i cut mine down in my bravo by 3 inches,,,then put a nice little gear nob on it,,,looks wicked,,,i think,lol
 
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lol, whats involved in fitting a new centre console? im not that good when it comes to fitting things!!:eek:
 
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yeah, cut off 1-2 inches, makes the gear change feel alot nicer :) cut off 1 inch then take for a drive and try it out if still not right then do another inch, but remember not to go too far!
 

tinnion87

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RegularTourist said:
lol, whats involved in fitting a new centre console? im not that good when it comes to fitting things!!:eek:

Best interior mod you can do IMO, just looks better

You need a few screws, but really its just a replacement, that bolts in using handbrake bolts, then it kind of wedges itself in, but if you can find the screws, off a model that had the console, you can make it more secure

Cut about 1 and half 2 inches off, makes it look better, and no effect on changing gear
 

FiatStiloJTD

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TBH even with the centre console installed it still seems very big compared to my dads astra etc.

I would like to cut it down but don't have the confidence to do it incase i get it wrong. I dread to think how high the gear stick is without the centre console. :D (picky with centre console; http://www.mattstephens.co.uk/car/int1.jpg)

Typical italian styling i guess, they like big things,

Matt
 

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right, the thing to remember is that the standard knob will not go back on when you cut down the stick...

also ,there is a welded washer round the gear stick which is a nightmare if, like me you have a bit under the gearknob so the gaiter fits flush... i cut off about 10mm below the thin bit and It's difficult to fit the knob and shaft sleeve on.
 
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