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I bought a B&M short throw shifter from Summit about six months ago. It was easy to put the shifter in. I loved the short throw and precise shifting action.
I was driving home from work one night, about three months ago, when my shifter snaped in half, on a 2-1 downshift. It broke about two inches up from the pivot point on the shifter. I was still able to shift with the little stub and make it home.
I called Summitt and they were great about sending me a new one, over night, under warranty, and free of charge. They said that they have had a few of them come back broken in exactly the same place.
Well the other night I was pulling up on the reverse lock out when it broke again, in the exact same place!:mad: It was almost imposible to get the car to go into reverse. I made it home and called Summit. They were great about sending me a new shifter overnight again. I put it on today.

I would NOT recommend this shifter to anyone. It has a definite design flaw. It breaks at a spot on the shifters inner rod where it has been machined to accomodate a rubber O-ring. I think the rod is too thin. It's about the thickness of an ink pen.

Has anyone else had this problem?


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LOL, yea, ask Kean Wang about his B&M. I believe he is on his second one...
 

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well i have had my B&M in since the first week it came out. Have had ZERO problems and love it.

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I bought a B&M short throw shifter from Summit about six months ago. It was easy to put the shifter in. I loved the short throw and precise shifting action.
I was driving home from work one night, about three months ago, when my shifter snaped in half, on a 2-1 downshift. It broke about two inches up from the pivot point on the shifter. I was still able to shift with the little stub and make it home.
I called Summitt and they were great about sending me a new one, over night, under warranty, and free of charge. They said that they have had a few of them come back broken in exactly the same place.
Well the other night I was pulling up on the reverse lock out when it broke again, in the exact same place!:mad: It was almost imposible to get the car to go into reverse. I made it home and called Summit. They were great about sending me a new shifter overnight again. I put it on today.

I would NOT recommend this shifter to anyone. It has a definite design flaw. It breaks at a spot on the shifters inner rod where it has been machined to accomodate a rubber O-ring. I think the rod is too thin. It's about the thickness of an ink pen.

Has anyone else had this problem?


Bob

I've the B/M shifter installed on my 98tt for about a week, and found it quite weak during the fast gear shifting. The rod is quite thin compare to the truck-like oem 98tt shifter that I replaced with.:( It is also annoy that the reverse lock out is made of a tinny screw with a plastic tip. I noticed the plastic tip is beginning to wear out even after I applied the grease on the tip..:mad: :mad: All and all, it is a precise and shorter shifter then the oem 98tt, if not for the ready-to-break rod and the plastic luck out thingy.......


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True!
I forgot to add that both of my shifters had worn out on the little reverse lock out plastic stop that you refered to. I had to readjust both of them several times.

I too think it is a nice shifter. B&M just needs to build it a little better.



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Hmm, if its just that one section that keeps on breaking, i can Ghetto weld the thing to be stronger then the stocker. I was just about to order this shifter too. I'll see if i can find a C's for under 200, but i think i have a better chance at winning the lotto.
 
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Ok, then what short-shifter does everyone recommend for a short, accurate throw with better reliability?
 

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BD short shifter, i have model #001 and it still shifts like a charm!
 
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The BD shifter kicks major ass. Looks stocks and the shifts are very short and sweet.
 
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