Originally Posted by SXT_HuntToKill
i wonder if you could tunr the factory shifter that comes with the xB into a short shifter i was lookin at it today and i noticed that the thread size in gauge is the same for about 2-3 inches down the shaft.... what if you cut it down 2 inches and thread the shaft again... and boom you got a shorter shifter
While cutting down the height of the shifter will make it shorter it will not make it a short shifter. The short in short in short shifter is for the the length of the "throw" in degrees. This is how many degrees you need to move the shifter to go from one gear to another.
This is usually done by moving the pivot point of the shifter up slightly. This make the he part under the car longer, making it so that you do not have to move the top part of the shifter as much.
All this movement revolves around the number of degrees of travel. Now cutting the height down of a shifter will reduce the distance of travel but not the number of degrees of travel that it has to move.
In some cars that has a higher center console "Ford Probe" they also will shorten the top of the lever arm as well. This affects the distance of travel but also make the shifter considerably shorter in height. This also changes the position for driver's hand as well but it's not an issue since it is still close tot he driver
In an xB I would not recommend this It will only but the shifter more out of reach depending on your physical stature or course. Thats why on a short shifter for say Jeep CJ5 with a floor mounted shifter like the the xB they only move the pivot point but the upper portion is still the same length to keep it within reach.
You might, but even is you cut the stalk down the to floor it won't be a short shifter. Just a shorter one. If this is what you looking for then by all means go for it. I plan on doing this to my Mazda Protege to make 5th a little less intimate with my passengers. Though it being a low shifter already I'm still on the fence.