Just purchased and installed one of these along with a brand new OEM shifter support plate to replace a knock-off eBay short shifter and the Z1 piece is far superior in every aspect. Good, solid feel, smooth operation, etc, etc. Only thing I wouldve preferred was new OEM pieces to use for the pivot center as this one requires you to reuse your originals.
I, and a friend, installed this kit on my z32 this past sunday. The only issue I had with is kit was getting the washers to stay on the end of where the shifter links up while trying to install it, mostly due to the restrictive working space the z always seems to offer. The kit itself made a huge difference. It feels like the throw was reduced by more than the advertised percentage and shifting is smoother.
This shifter replace my Stillen short-throw shifter (which failed and became sloppy in the ball joint for some reason). Excellent build quality of this product, and it comes fully assembled.....which is great! Installation 'could' be difficult if you are trying to only access it from above, I would think. My installation was done with the exhaust removed and the car up on jack stands, and that way it was easy. I also installed a solid plate to replace the oem rubber bushing/plate and also replaced the hinged wishbone with a solid one.....all from z-speed. The combination with z1's premium short throw shifter is fantastic! Highly recommend it.
I debated for the longest time if I though a short throw shifter was worth the hassle instead of just replacing my completely worn out (read: missing) shifting bushing. I finally decided to purchase this shifter, along with the ZSpeed Solid Shifter Support kit and I am blown away by the improvements this combo yielded. Shifting is crisp, precise, and has NO slop in it. The shift definitely shortened the throw and is a very comfortable and smooth shift. Very please - I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new shifter or that just needs to replace their worn shifter bushings.
The construction of the shifter is impressive! Noticeably, difference without even driving the vehicle. During installation there were 3 things that needed great attention. 1. One of the bolt and nut left side towards the back was very challenging. Nut is on the underside. 2. The wishbone plate/support had to be modified. We shaved the metal to allow the shifter to go through the opening. 3. Lower shift boot needed to be trimmed or opened up to allow the larger spacer to fit through. The space is where the bushing, ring, lower and upper boot, grease etc. fit into and then the plate cover. I highly recommend allowing an auto mechanic assist and or do the installation. Of course, if you are already a mechanic and is knowledgeable with the 95 300zx. I will be looking to purchase other items in the near future. All is good! Thank you!
when I bought my 300zx one of the things that I knew was wrong was that the stock shifter was shot. I mean I more than once shifted into the wrong gear because I couldn't feel the gates at all. I did my research and found out that I could have just replaced the bushings but then I would still need to replace the ball bushing and other things. that and the stock throw of the shifter was a bit long even when the bearing are good. So I searched for a short throw shifter but I wanted to keep the knob height the same as stock. main other shifter just lower the knob, many of the other short throw shifter just use the brass bushings and are not focused on improving the feel of the shift. The Z1 short throw shifter solves more than just one problem and also has many other benefits. First this shifter does get rid of any problem some slop and feels quite tight (in a good way). it does this by not only adding a VERY long needle bearing that handles all of the major loads it also have 2 Teflon spacers that fit on the outside of the bearing that maintain low friction than the shifter is to the left or right. This shifter really does maintain stock shifter height and it does this by raising the shift ball position. to do this they machined a very nice ball holder which is MUCH easier to rebuild than the stock one, but it is a bit of a pain in the ass to install because of the tight space in the shifter well (and I have big hands). while I didn't weight the shifters I do believe that this shifter weights as much if not a bit more than the stock unit. this is actually a good thing because it helps to drive the shifter into the gears a bit better and this add to the VERY precise feel of the shifter. All in all this is a great product and I will definitely be buying more Z1 branded products in the future. I want to try this shifter with their solid shifter mount. I can only imagine how precise that would feel.