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Re: AlternaTTive

Post by Nem » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:45 pm

Very easy actually.

Not sure about what is above this on your engine bay, on the Mk1 TT is the airbox to be removed so possibly some similar disassemble first. Then flatblade screw driver to lift up the part painted blue in the picture 1-2mm just enough to slide the clip out sideways, then the whole black plastic square should pop off from the ball underneath.

Then undo the single nut in the center of the piece, usually need to get a good hold on the piece as you don't really want it to move around and then use the gears to work against if you can avoid it. Then a good wiggle will lift it all upwards off from the splined peg.

There is usually a marker by way of a slightly larger tooth on the spline which gives you the correct orientation to make a note of this and the exact position on the old unit so you push it back on the correct place. Then nut back on again and tighten - again try to hold it rather than use the limits of the travel on the peg, ball join back on and the clip and it's done.

You also need to align the fingers on the non weighted end back in the corresponding recesses on the vertical shifter, bit of grease on them also.
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Re: AlternaTTive

Post by Nem » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:47 pm

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Mine was harder as it was a plain ball joint which would not pop off, yours is the clip which is easy :)
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Re: AlternaTTive

Post by phope » Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:24 pm

Ta - will have a look

The air box will need to come out for sure
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Re: AlternaTTive

Post by brittan » Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:42 am

As above the 'odd' spline means that the short shift part will only fit onto the shaft in one position.

You can disconnect the cable end as Nick says but the differences in the short shift compared to the std part means that you should carry out the gear change adjustment procedure.

An alternative would be to use the cable end that is attached to the short shift. Disconnect is easy, just push the knurled ring towards the bush and turn it clockwise to lock. That releases the cable end from the threaded end of the cable.

Since the short shift part is from a MK2, the gear shift cable adjustment procedure is probably the same. This involves releasing both cable ends at the gearbox, locking the gearbox shift shaft in a particular position using a little black plastic lever on the front of the box just below the shifter shaft, removing the gear lever gaiter to access the position locking holes and locking its position using a special tool - a 5mm rod, slightly bent. Then release the knurled locking rings on the cable ends to connect them to the cables, remove the locking pins etc.

I made a bent rod special tool from 5mm steel rod, which I can post to you if you want it. Better than an old nail.

If your aim is an improved gear change then consider fitting solid cable end bushes from 42 Draft Design which get rid of the voided rubber within the cable end bush and improve the accuracy of the gear change. I fitted them on my RS.
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There are also solid bushes available for where the cable bracket bolts to the top of the gearbox but those are more prone to transmitting some vibration into the gear lever so I haven't bothered with them.
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Re: AlternaTTive

Post by Nem » Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:09 pm

Very well remembered Brian about the adjustment. Personally on mine I just fitted it and it was fine without adjustment so really forgot about it. :)
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Re: AlternaTTive

Post by phope » Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:14 am

As it's a company car, I'd rather not muck around with the bushings, as it's obvious they are not OEM.

The VAG stamped short shifter however ;)

The way you describe it Brian sounds simple but for a mechanical novice like me.... :D
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Re: AlternaTTive

Post by YELLOW_TT » Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:17 am

Short shift is a great mod you might need a twin leg puller to remove the old one
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Re: AlternaTTive

Post by brittan » Sat Aug 22, 2015 4:21 pm

phope wrote:As it's a company car, I'd rather not muck around with the bushings, as it's obvious they are not OEM.

The VAG stamped short shifter however ;)

The way you describe it Brian sounds simple but for a mechanical novice like me.... :D
I wondered about the company car issue. The bush mod can be reversed with new OEM ones - and they're out of sight under the airbox but I can appreciate why you wouldn't go that far.

I could describe it in a complicated way if you like . . . :P Shame you're a bit far away for direct help.

The two leg puller is the better way to remove the shifter and effectively essential if it's tight on the shaft. It eliminates any possibility of damage to the selector mechanisms inside the gearbox as the puller acts against the end of the shaft. When you pull or lever the shifter directly you're acting against the gearbox internals.
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Re: AlternaTTive

Post by phope » Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:40 pm

Winter 17s on, summer 18s off...still not had time to do anything with the short-shift

Fronts are down to 5mm, and rears to 6mm after 12,000 miles/8 months since delivery

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