B8/8.5 Ultimate Short Throw Shifter Kit


The ONLY short throw that drastically reduces throw length, slop and flex under load, and eliminates missed 1-2 shifts.


Billet B8/8.5 Shifter Mounting Plate (drastically reduces slop, prevents 1-2 shift lockout)

Billet B8/8.5 Short Shift Clamp (shortens throw 27%)

Supplier: JXB Performance

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The factory mounting plate that holds the shifter to the body of the car is made of flimsy plastic with a layer of sound-deadening foam between it and the vehicle’s center tunnel. The slider bushings are made of soft flexible rubber with tons of slop that gets worse with age. During “enthusiastic” 1-2 shifting, it’s easy to put enough side load on the shift lever to compress the bushings and cause the OEM plate to flex, allowing the shift linkage to get hung up in the reverse track in the transmission. This causes that “sticky” spot you feel between first and second that often causes missed shifts and lost races. Shifter housing wear can add to this as well. No other shifter addresses this problem.

Not only does the JXB Billet Shifter Mounting Plate eliminate this issue, it gives an extremely solid feel to your shifter. The edges of the pattern are no longer soft, but make a solid thud, telling you you’ve arrived at the next gear.

The JXB Short Shift Clamp gives you a 27% reduction in the length of the throw on your shifts at a fraction of the price of other short throw shifter kits. A typical short throw shifter kit comes with a shorter top side of the lever and a longer bottom side. This kit takes advantage of the available space below the OEM shift lever to extend the length of the OEM lever even longer than the other short throw shifters. This results in a massive throw reduction for a fraction of the price.

Before you assume your missed shifts are due to user error, wearing synchros, or other transmission issues, go out to your car and do this experiment:

  1. With the car off, parking brake applied, and foot off the clutch, with little force applied, shift from 1st-2nd a number of times.
  2. Apply additional leftward force towards the reverse gear. Increase the force until the shifter starts getting caught in the middle going 1 —> 2. Try both fast and slow shifts.
  3. If this is the sensation you feel when you miss a shift, then the JXB Billet Shifter Mounting Plate is the solution. You don’t suck at shifting, your shifter does.

Compatible with all 6MT B8/B8.5s, including A4/A5/S4/S5/Q5.

Installation is a breeze and is done entirely from the driver’s seat. 




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