: Katech SS review and knob options, monster knob



shadybx7
03-19-09, 03:36 PM
So I finally got around to installing my Katech SS and uuc bushings.. The install is was a pain but doable. And at first i was a little disappointed with the result.. i mean it was a large improvement over stock but still wasn't as notchy as i would have hoped.. I was using the Holden Gto Shift knob.. which looks great, feels heavy, and has the shift pattern milled on the top..
http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/IMG_0278.jpg

A while ago when i bought the Katech Shifter i contacted Monster Knob and got them to thread a knob for the Katech shifter stalk...Well i put it on today and fell in love.. It sits really low as you can see and really transforms the katech into a much shorter shifter. The knob is not as heavy as the Holden knob but i think it makes up for its lack in weight by lowering the hand placement on the shifter stalk.. it cost $40 shipped and came with all the hardware to hold the boot up which was not needed

http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/IMG_0281.jpg
http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/IMG_0280.jpg
crappy iphone pics so let me know if you wanna see some different angles from my digital
http://www.monsterknobs.com/

Both knobs are slammin, so im just gonna keep the spare in one of the cubbies and swap them out when i get tired of the look.. i know most guys on this board are not a fan of interior cosmetic mods but i am and i love this set up.

perfect
03-19-09, 03:46 PM
is that a V emblem....on your dashboard?!

I like the first knob better, but if you like it then that's all that matters!

deedubb
03-19-09, 04:09 PM
I like em both, i may look into monster knob because i hate the stock knob. I like the lower shift knobs but that looks almost too low.

shadybx7
03-19-09, 04:26 PM
I like em both, i may look into monster knob because i hate the stock knob. I like the lower shift knobs but that looks almost too low. it does look too low but in person is perfect for my style. Also i have the knob screwed on as low as possible. i could of just used the supplied boot hardware and locked it into place at a higher point. Oh and yea the :v: emblem was the first thing i did. Like i said both knobs are awesome. The classy heavy stocker vs the notchy racer. I really didnt think a knob would have made such a huge difference but it did

CTSV_510
03-19-09, 04:30 PM
So I finally got around to installing my Katech SS and uuc bushings.. The install is was a pain but doable. And at first i was a little disappointed with the result.. i mean it was a large improvement over stock but still wasn't as notchy as i would have hoped...

B&M FTW.

Shortest, notchiest shift out there in the small world of short shifters for the V.

I put mine on and was like, "Dayyum! This sh!t is short as a mutha******!"


;)

deedubb
03-19-09, 04:30 PM
I have the B&M so I would have to thread my stalk. How hard is it to thread a shifter stalk and do I have to remove it from the car again?

CTS-Voodoo
03-19-09, 07:05 PM
I just drilled and threaded my knob. It was a lot easier..

shadybx7
07-15-10, 07:27 PM
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for any SS users with a stock linkage.. so almost all of you
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So my Katech SS was great.. but it had developed a wobble while in gear, no where near stock but not like the Modified Stock SS i tried on MIckey's V... so i contacted PISNUOFF.. and asked to buy his custom cut white bushings for the linkage thinking that's the missing link in my setup..
http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/DSCF6633.jpg
http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/DSCF6634.jpg
http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/DSCF6635.jpg

in the pics above.. the steel cylinder is the OEM one the white Bushings are Brian's.

I started the install from the bottom then realized i was going to have to remove the center console. I was running out of time so i rebuilt the linkage as best as possible, with the new cylinder and new rubber O-rings.. the White bushings will be easier to be install with the SS stalk out of the car.. These things are better OEM. i noticed that one OEM bushing had started to crack on the lip, but it's decent.. with the new rubber o-rings (one of my old ones had disintegrated down to a few nubs) and better cylinder, the SS has gotten a lot better. IT has firmed it up but it still is not 100%... Im going to pull the Stalk and add the white bushings when i have a bigger block of time to work wit..

52many
07-15-10, 10:36 PM
I have the B&M so I would have to thread my stalk. How hard is it to thread a shifter stalk and do I have to remove it from the car again?

B & M with a Hurst knob. Had a machine shop thread it before install.

deedubb
07-16-10, 04:17 AM
:thumbsup: Thats cool!!

PISNUOFF
07-16-10, 08:45 AM
B&M FTW.

Shortest, notchiest shift out there in the small world of short shifters for the V.

I put mine on and was like, "Dayyum! This sh!t is short as a mutha******!"


;)

Here is a comparison that was done by another forum member a while ago. Mine has been revised since this information was taken and is a shorter throw than the B&M.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=t9xuoNd-zlXso0XilzG22wQ&single=true&gid=0&output=html


****
for any SS users with a stock linkage.. so almost all of you
****
So my Katech SS was great.. but it had developed a wobble while in gear, no where near stock but not like the Modified Stock SS i tried on MIckey's V... so i contacted PISNUOFF.. and asked to buy his custom cut white bushings for the linkage thinking that's the missing link in my setup..
http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/DSCF6633.jpg
http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/DSCF6634.jpg
http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/DSCF6635.jpg

in the pics above.. the steel cylinder is the OEM one the white Bushings are Brian's.

I started the install from the bottom then realized i was going to have to remove the center console. I was running out of time so i rebuilt the linkage as best as possible, with the new cylinder and new rubber O-rings.. the White bushings will be easier to be install with the SS stalk out of the car.. These things are better OEM. i noticed that one OEM bushing had started to crack on the lip, but it's decent.. with the new rubber o-rings (one of my old ones had disintegrated down to a few nubs) and better cylinder, the SS has gotten a lot better. IT has firmed it up but it still is not 100%... Im going to pull the Stalk and add the white bushings when i have a bigger block of time to work wit..

I built Mickey's and his throw is actually shorter than the B&M by about 1/2". You should install all the parts I sent you. I designed the white bushings and the new stainless steel 'sleeve' I sent you to fit together much tighter than the stock assembly. They're also designed to be a tighter fit in the linkage connection which helps with the side to side play. If the complete assembly doesn't help you, your issue is with the integral bushing that is on the other end of the center linkage shaft at the transmission connection.

CTSV_510
07-16-10, 10:44 AM
Here is a comparison that was done by another forum member a while ago. Mine has been revised since this information was taken and is a shorter throw than the B&M.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=t9xuoNd-zlXso0XilzG22wQ&single=true&gid=0&output=html



I built Mickey's and his throw is actually shorter than the B&M by about 1/2". You should install all the parts I sent you. I designed the white bushings and the new stainless steel 'sleeve' I sent you to fit together much tighter than the stock assembly. They're also designed to be a tighter fit in the linkage connection which helps with the side to side play. If the complete assembly doesn't help you, your issue is with the integral bushing that is on the other end of the center linkage shaft at the transmission connection.

I am extremely dissatisfied with my shifter. After borrowing a c6z06 with a short shifter for a few days, my V shifter feels absolutely terrible.

I have a B&M with UUC bushings. Since it sounds like you have become the expert on shifters, what can you do for me to tighten this thing up? The side to side motion I think is what bothers me the most.

stinkpalm
07-16-10, 10:52 AM
I have also just noticed my Katech SS has developed super sloppy side to side action while in gear, going to pull apart this weekend, hope somethings just loose.

PISNUOFF
07-16-10, 11:31 AM
I am extremely dissatisfied with my shifter. After borrowing a c6z06 with a short shifter for a few days, my V shifter feels absolutely terrible.

I have a B&M with UUC bushings. Since it sounds like you have become the expert on shifters, what can you do for me to tighten this thing up? The side to side motion I think is what bothers me the most.

I agree, I traded the V for a C5ZO6 with a rediculously short shifter for 6 weeks and feel like I'm rowing a boat again. If Shady's tightens up when he installs my Delrin linkage bushings and stainless steel sleeve, that would seem to be the solution. I'm not sure if the ID of the B&M is the same as stock, if not, I'd need some dimensions from it and I could have some made for you.

I also have a friend who has his transmission out right now and actually removed the integral nylon bushing at the trans end and machined a brass one that removed ALL the slop from that end. That along with my bushings has removed every bit of play from his setup. He has yet to reinstall his trans but should be done within a couple days.


I have also just noticed my Katech SS has developed super sloppy side to side action while in gear, going to pull apart this weekend, hope somethings just loose.

Lets see how Shady's turn out.