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Project Nissan 370Z - Installing B&M's Short Throw Shifter

by Clint Boisdeau

 

One item that is typically at or near the the top of a performance enthusiast’s list of modifications is a short throw shifter.  In many cases short shifters are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and are a modification that is directly related to improving the driver’s interaction with the vehicle.  B&M, a long time aftermarket manufacturer of products related to precision gear selection, has a short shifter offering for the 370Z/G37/350Z/G35 6 speed manual transmission cars.

The shift lever itself is made from 303 stainless steel, and it resides in a CNC machined aluminum pivot base.  The rest of the associated parts are well thought out,  and the kit even comes with a tube of multi-purpose lube for the install.  The instructions are detailed and straight forward, they even tell you what tools will be required for the install.  So if you read through the directions prior to install, you can be 100% prepared with the correct tools and not have to stop half way for an auto parts store run to pick up a wrench.  

 

For the beginning of the install, it's best to keep the car off jack stands since you'll be stepping in and out most likely. Later in the install you will have to put the car on 4 stands to reach a shift linkage bolt. But more on that later.

 

The shifter cover pops off with minimal fuss and no tools, just pull firmly. But be careful not to pull completely off quickly because of the connectors on the underside for the hazard light and S-mode (if so equipped) buttons.

 

Next will be a few Philip's head screws to loosen so you can remove the appropriate interior panels for later.

Push down on the clip so you can pull the interior panel away from the center console. Same process on the opposite side. The panels are very easy to remove if you pull firmly.

 

Fold the seat forward to loosen the center console rear screws. Removing these will allow movement of the entire center console which will come in handy for manoeuvring parts out of the way of the shifter itself and to gain access to other bolts that will need to be removed later.

 

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jeffball610
jeffball610link
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:15 AM
I don't think Nissan intended to ever have their shift knobs removed. I replaced my knob with the same Nismo unit on my 350Z and decimated the stock unit trying to remove it. Good thing that Nismo unit is so nice. It seems small at first, but you get used to it and it feels natural over time.
Also, the vibration issue is something I've noticed as well. Perhaps a trans mount bushing or engine dampener is the answer. Keeping the engine and trans from moving around should reduce some of that vibration that is translated into the shifter.
Fly'n_Z
Fly'n_Zlink
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 7:52 AM
I'm with jeffball on this one, going back to my Z32 days, removing the shift knob on that car pretty well required its destruction.
importnut
importnutlink
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:22 AM
When I saw the title of this write-up, my first thought was..."how bad will this shifter rattle?" And then I saw your comment about it. I've never used a B&M shifter that didn't buzz at some inconvenient rpm. In Hondas, it was always right at highway speed. In my 240sx, it was so bad, at about 5k, that it felt like electric shock when you weren't expecting it.

In the case of the 240sx version, the shifter eliminated the rubber damper built into the original shifter.

Whatever the source, B&M compromises the shifter's noise dampening....which is a shame given the fact that they do produce some of the nicest pieces out there.
EB Turbo
EB Turbolink
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 11:49 AM
Is that a midnight squad t-shirt? Sweet..
S15Stephanie
S15Stephanielink
Saturday, September 07, 2013 2:20 AM
I used a cheap copy in my Z33 tranny converted S15 silvia, I had the same issue. I ended up fixing it by chopping the top off my stock shifter, and welding it to the short shifter bottom. Still get some vibration, but only 1/5 the noise.
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