I know somebody was workin on this awhile back(James maybe?)Anyway do you think its possible to swap out the gated shifter from the MY02 to earlier models? Ive got a suby junkyard nearby and mite have access to the parts sorta, lol,,,cheap.
I'm not working on the swap myself, but, yeah, the gated shifter makes things much more difficult than they have to be, IMO.
I can't imagine the parts would be that difficult to swap out. I've had my whole shifter apart to see how it worked, and it's just a lever on the side of the tranny up to the mechanism inside the car. Probably just bolts up. Go find one in a wrecking yard is my bet.
My girl has a '97 L, and I have an '02 TS. I've driven both, and I find the gated shifter easier to "sport shift" tahn the straight shifter. Maybe it's jsut me, but I feel like it's easier to fly though the gears.
Admitedly, it was awkward to get used to. I would constantly miss 3rd at the right time and blow into N when I shouldn't. It took a little getting used to but I honestly think it's faster than the button shifter. easier to recover from a mis-shift too. Now that I have the feel for it, I'd never trade it for the straight shifter.