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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
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    One point of interest to bring out is that the OEM shift lever is offset from the center of the tunnel. My install is centered on the tunnel.
    If you were to do this as the factory did(offset) you would need to make a blister on the side of the tunnel otherwise you will have a clearance issue and the cup end on the shift rod will hit the side of the tunnel not allowing you to shift into those gears.
    Yours is a very neat job Brett, great work as usual.
    Now I remember why I moved the whole section, the off-set blister. Before someone says, "But you used a Skoda unit", I do now but I was going back to 1994 and the Charger I built. (probably why I also looked for an easier alternative).
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    Skoda shifter, self contained slider unit.
    Really sweet shift but of course getting pretty rare these days and none in US of course.
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    I purchased what I thought would be a new shift rod from a major VW company about a year ago, knowing that I would have to do this modification sometime.
    What I got was a home made piece of junk. A 5 year old could do a better welding job than what was done on this.

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    I ended up using my old rod

    Everything got tac welded until the rod was installed and working. It was then removed and everything was completely welded up.

    Center was located on the bracket

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    And the rod was installed

    Transmission was in neutral and the center of the bracket was transferred to the rod.

    Dimensions were taken of the shift cup

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    With those dimensions I came up with the distance from the center mark where the cut line would be on the shift rod.

    Distance "A" divided by 2 = center of the cup. Then I added distance "B" to that and then subtracted "C" from that and thats the point of the cut on the rod.

    I debated which end to shorten and I probably choose the wrong end now that I think about it but I figured the cup end is the end thats moving so thats the end that got cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    I purchased what I thought would be a new shift rod from a major VW company about a year ago, knowing that I would have to do this modification sometime.
    What I got was a home made piece of junk. A 5 year old could do a better welding job than what was done on this.

    P3230001.jpg

    I ended up using my old rod

    Everything got tac welded until the rod was installed and working. It was then removed and everything was completely welded up.

    Center was located on the bracket

    P3240007a.jpg

    And the rod was installed

    Transmission was in neutral and the center of the bracket was transferred to the rod.

    Dimensions were taken of the shift cup

    P3300004a.jpg

    P3300003a.jpg

    With those dimensions I came up with the distance from the center mark where the cut line would be on the shift rod.

    Distance "A" divided by 2 = center of the cup. Then I added distance "B" to that and then subtracted "C" from that and thats the point of the cut on the rod.

    I debated which end to shorten and I probably choose the wrong end now that I think about it but I figured the cup end is the end thats moving so thats the end that got cut.
    It's great to see a step by step liek this Brett - keep up the good work

    One point to highlight is to ensure when shortening the rod - that the cup end is welded up at 90 degreees to the linkage end. I bought my car as a project and all this work had already been done, but I discovered that the shortened rod was not square resulting in it being impossible to select all four gears. (Perhaps this oversight was one of the reasons the car was abandoned and sold on through various owners before me?)
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