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Old 04-03-2002, 08:33 PM
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Ron Stygar Short Shifter = 1/4 cup rice

In the time it takes to cook 1/4 cup of rice, you can install a Stygar short shifter. I still can't believe how easy it is.

I've seen all the SSS stories posted on the boards over the last couple of years, but never paid them much creedance. The Civic never need a short shifter... ahem. So Ron traded me some of his parts, an SS included, for some leather parts. 6 months later, I finally got around to installing the shifter.

It took less than 30 minutes. This evening I started cooking the rice, and by the time I was done in the garage the rice was finished. The custom tools Ron provides with the kit make the difference.

I won't know how it feels to drive with it for another few weeks, so add it to my list of things I'm looking forward to.

Re-engineered clutch and brake pedals are next.

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Old 04-03-2002, 08:41 PM
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Thanks for the review! I just might have to buy one from him now. I ordered a modified clutch pedal, too, but haven't had the chance to install it yet. I suppose I should do that before my autocross school this weekend. Anyone have any estimates as to how long it will take me to do that?

I started to investigate, but I had trouble removing the dash panel on the driver's side. I removed the screws and got it loose, but didn't want to break anything tugging at it. Any quick tips? Nothing that I probably can't figure out myself, but it might save me some trouble.
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Old 04-03-2002, 09:02 PM
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The "knee bolster" is fouling you up.
You were on the right track, but you gave up to easily, you just have to work the panel out carefully.
Once you've done that, remove the knee bolster and put it on a shelf in the garage (we have left ours out-you do what you want-OK?)
It won't take that long to swap the pedals, as long as you are a contortionist!
Don't be afraid of the springs, they're easy to get back in place.
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Thanks for the tip; I might take another crack at it tonight or tomorrow afternoon. I stopped working because I figured out that I can pull out the kick panels without removing the panel. I've stripped away most of the rear panels while doing a stereo install. Now that I have a little more experience with how it all fits together, it should be easier.
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Is there a website with a list of items that Ron sells?

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Ok, I did just finished putting in the clutch pedal (that I bought from Ron way back near New Year's Day). What a job! None of the steps involved were difficult at all, but I had no idea it would be difficult to reach some of the spaces to get the pieces in.

You were right about not worrying about the springs. I got them in ok, but it took a bit of effort.

A couple tips that I might offer now that I did it (that may or may not be in the instructions available online):

1) The trim panel is a real pain to get out. Just take your time with it and you'll eventually get it. Single most time consuming step for me. The two tabs that sit behind the adjoining panel and it takes some effort to get them out.

2) Remove the unit that sits to the left of the clutch pedal. I don't know what it is, but it has a 4-gauge wire going into it. It comes out with a 10mm nut that's recessed in the front of the panel. I did it the hard way and removed the bracket holding it in first. It's important to remove this unit because you have to remove two long 10mm bolts and even if you have a ratchet that can fit inside the space, you won't be able to pull the bolt out.

In the end, it turned out great. The clutch is a lot more solid and now I'm ready for my autocrosses!
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