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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Review: PISNUOFF's Custom Short Shifter in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Originally Posted by Natedog Got the install done last night by myself... took about 5 hrs with jack stands, appropriate ...
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    Re: Review: PISNUOFF's Custom Short Shifter

    Quote Originally Posted by Natedog View Post
    Got the install done last night by myself... took about 5 hrs with jack stands, appropriate tools and beer. Once you get the stocker out, i highly suggest getting a hand from someone as tightening the supplied bolts/nuts is fairly difficult when you putting the new one back in. Drilling the rivets was easy and getting the bushings on is simple but you definitely have to bevel the leading edge so you can get the bar that connects the two bushings together over top of them... it'll make sense once you have it apart. Also, i had to drop the exhaust to make enough room to get my hands around the stock resonator and up to the linkage bolt... i only had to remove all the hangers and lower it about a foot but there was no chance without doing this and i'm a skinny guy... i made the linkage bolt very tight and at first thought it was too tight, but after driving for 20 min or so i like the more masculine feel of the shifts.... as for shifting distance, it is reallllly short! i've thrown the UUC and Katech before and i don't remember either of them being this short but it is a very well made item and is top quality in my book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a short shifter before the brand name units
    Holy crap!

    I've installed a short shifter before and never had to do anything like you described. This sounds way more complex than I anticipated. Please tell me it really wasn't that difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrelateBishop View Post
    Holy crap!

    I've installed a short shifter before and never had to do anything like you described. This sounds way more complex than I anticipated. Please tell me it really wasn't that difficult.
    No, you don't need to remove anything to get to the linkage. I installed my B&M and didn't remove anything. Plus I have big hands and wrists. It was a tight spot but manageable.

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    You don't have to remove all of that to change the shifter. It is kind of tight and awkward to get your hands around the stock exhaust resonator to loosen/tighten the lower linkage bolt. The whole job should not take more than 1.5 hours your first time. I swapped one out for a local guy last month and it took about 25 minutes. You definitely want an assistant to install the two bolts that replace the rivets, though.

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    Re: Review: PISNUOFF's Custom Short Shifter

    Quote Originally Posted by PISNUOFF View Post


    You don't have to remove all of that to change the shifter. It is kind of tight and awkward to get your hands around the stock exhaust resonator to loosen/tighten the lower linkage bolt. The whole job should not take more than 1.5 hours your first time. I swapped one out for a local guy last month and it took about 25 minutes. You definitely want an assistant to install the two bolts that replace the rivets, though.
    Whew!

    Ok, that makes me feel a lot better. Thanks for the info.

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    Re: Review: PISNUOFF's Custom Short Shifter

    Quote Originally Posted by ELES6CTS View Post
    Did you disconnect the drive shaft, tranny brace and lower the tranny? Or, just the exhaust?
    No no... i only took the exhaust off the hangers at the back of the car to give me a bit more room to get my hands up to the linkage bolt. If i had a 2nd pair of hands it would have gone much faster without a doubt

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    Re: Review: PISNUOFF's Custom Short Shifter

    Quote Originally Posted by PISNUOFF View Post


    You don't have to remove all of that to change the shifter. It is kind of tight and awkward to get your hands around the stock exhaust resonator to loosen/tighten the lower linkage bolt. The whole job should not take more than 1.5 hours your first time. I swapped one out for a local guy last month and it took about 25 minutes. You definitely want an assistant to install the two bolts that replace the rivets, though.
    Good to hear Brian. Although, would it make it easier if the stock resonator section was out and just an X pipe was in there....Hopefully this is a yes so I can go get something else done too

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    It's alot easier to get your forearms past an x-pipe instead of the stock resonator.

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    Re: Review: PISNUOFF's Custom Short Shifter

    I've done this shifter as well as an B&M shifter by myself without having to remove a lot of things. You remove the center console and shift boot. Trick I found to doing it with one person is to hold up the shifter mount with a couple zip ties to keep it level. That will allow access to the nut and bolt while you're under the car to be easier. I didn't remove any exhaust components, just the center console.

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    I leave the console in too. You can get to everything through the shifter boot opening.

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    Re: Review: PISNUOFF's Custom Short Shifter

    This took me about 1 1/2 hours, working alone.

    I think if I did it again I would remove the center console. It comes out pretty easily, and I think it would make getting the cross brace onto those damn bushings alot easier...

    I found that the best way to get to the bolt on the bottom of the shifter was to lie completely under the car, with my feet pointed towards the front. Then I could work my hands up past the resonator/driveshaft on both sides.

    A gearwrech type box end wrench makes it a lot easier, too.

    When reattaching the shift ball hold-down with the two bolts, I used some tape on the top side to hold the bolts in place so that I could get underneath the car and thread on the nuts. Then I tightened them down from the top using a socket and a closed end wrench.

    I waited until the very end to reattach the bushings, because that allowed me to slide the metal bracket forward, out of the way, and have some more room to access the top and bottom of the shift tray from the top.

    Then I chamfered the bushings, greased them up, and proceeded to curse like a sailor for 15 minutes trying to get the damn bracket back on. Eventually it went.

    I forgot to plug the big electrical connector back together again until the next morning when I was going to go to work, whoops no nav!

    All told, a pretty smooth install, and the shifter is frickin' great. Although, it might be a bit too short for my taste, but still way better than the stock.

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    Re: Review: PISNUOFF's Custom Short Shifter

    Updated list?

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    1. Brent - In the mail
    2. Johnny - In the mail
    3. Darcy - In the mail tomorrow (4/20)
    4. Chris
    5. Shawn
    6. David
    7. Ryan
    8. Shane
    9. Joe
    10. Erik

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    Re: Review: PISNUOFF's Custom Short Shifter

    i found my old stock shifter in my shed this weekend. it's a bit rusted on the shaft, not sure how that happened but it seems to be fine otherwise. not sure if it's a keeper but i can send it in to the chop shop if needed.

    i also have a stock knob with the stiff crusty pleather attached. im sellin that though, $5 OBO

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    Re: Review: PISNUOFF's Custom Short Shifter

    Quote Originally Posted by PISNUOFF View Post
    It's alot easier to get your forearms past an x-pipe instead of the stock resonator.

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    Re: Review: PISNUOFF's Custom Short Shifter

    Thanks

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