Thought some of you guys might want to see the short throw shifter install in an 03 6.0L. This is my first attempt at a How-To article so bear with me. I ordered this from Dan at Midwest Transmission
. It's a real quality piece and I highly recommend it to anybody with a 6-speed.
-Short Phillips Screwdriver (Regular length won't work)
-T-40 Torx Bit (the star looking thingy)
-6mm Allen wrench
-Ratchet with 1/2 socket (a wrench would work too)
-1 can of Carb Cleaner
and most importantly....
-Short throw shift kit from Midwest Transmission
Open the box and ensure that you have all the parts.
Remove the 4 phillips screws from the plastic ring around the shifter boot. There's not very much room to get to the front 2 bolts. (This is where that short screwdriver comes in handy) Then pull the boot back over itself to expose the 2 screws (T-40 Torx) that hold the upper shift lever to the lower shifter piece.
Remove the two T-40 bolts from the shifter and set the top half along with the boot out of the way. You will need this later.
Then remove the white rubber sound shield.
It should now look like this. https://www.thedieselgarage.com/forum...1&d=1175318052
Remove the four 6mm Allen bolts from around the transmission housing. Pull the lower piece out of the transmission. It might be a little tight. There are no dowel pins or anything in it, so don't be afraid to get mean with it. Just don't break it, it is aluminum.
You should have this in your hand. https://www.thedieselgarage.com/forum...1&d=1175318080
You will need to remove the inner shift rod from the housing. It just slides out.
Comparison between old on left and new on right. https://www.thedieselgarage.com/forum...1&d=1175318080
Once this is removed clean the housing with carb cleaner. Also clean the part on top of the transmission where the 2 pieces meet.
Remove the 2 plastic spacers from the rod and install them on the new piece that you received with the kit. Be sure to note the location of the plastic ears on the spacers. These should face down (towards the transmission). Then just slide the new rod into the old (and clean) housing. https://www.thedieselgarage.com/forum...1&d=1175318068
You will need to put a coat of RTV on top of the transmission. Then install the spacer that was included with the kit. Once you have that in place, coat the top of the spacer with RTV.
Set the completed assembly back into the transmission. Install the 4 new bolts that came with the kit and tighten them down with the 1/2" socket. Now re-install the white rubber thingy.
Reinstall the shifter using the old T-40 bolts that came out of it. Then slide the boot back down and re-install the 4 screws.
Congrats, you are now done.
I measured before and after to get an idea of how much shorter the throw actually is. Keep in mind that these are not exact. I rounded a little to make it easier. I measured from the side of the steering column and from the dash. "R" was 5.5" from the steering column before,https://www.thedieselgarage.com/forum...1&d=1175318887
and is 6" from it now. https://www.thedieselgarage.com/forum...1&d=1175318887
"6th gear (marked D) was located 10" from the steering column and is almost 10" after. So total throw from R to D is reduced about an inch or so.
4th gear (marked 3) was about 7" from the dash before and is about 7" after. 5th gear (marked 4) was about 11" from the dash and is now about 10" or so.
I know it doesn't seem like very much of a difference, but you can ask just about anybody who has one and they will all agree it was worth it. Total time for me on this project was about an hour or so, but I stopped quite often to take pictures and document details for this writeup. It shouldn't take more than 30 mins or so with the right tools.