For years, installing a shifter into a K-swapped vehicle meant cutting a large section out of chassis' center tunnel to mount an OEM RSX shifter to a stainless steel plate. This meant that the engine swap was more or less irreversible. That's why Hybrid Racing developed a bolt-in shifter specifically meant for K-swapped Honda and Acura chassis.
The Hybrid Racing bolt-in Short Shifter mounts to your chassis using 6 M8 bolts (only 4 are used on cars that have previously had a Karcepts shifter adapter plate installed). Two bolts utilize the stock bolt holes behind the stock shifter location, and four holes must be drilled in the center tunnel for the other two bolts (no drilling is required if you are replacing a Karcepts shifter adapter plate). The drilled holes are located under the center console cover so that they are hidden once the shifter is installed.
Shown here is the underside of an EK Civic center tunnel with the Hybrid Racing Bolt-In Short Shifter installed.
Shown here is the topside of an EK Civic center tunnel with the Hybrid Racing Bolt-In Short Shifter installed.
The shifter has adjustable throw and can be set at 100% stock throw, 75% stock throw, and 50% stock throw (percentages are approximate, exact numbers depend on what height the shift knob has been adjusted to). In addition, the throw for the front/back and left/right motions can be independently adjusted, so that you can fine tune the shift pattern to better suit your taste.
Shown here are the five holes (3 for one cable and 2 for the other) that the shift cables can mount to. The holes closest to base plate are the "90% stock throw" holes and the holes farthest from the base plate are the "40% stock throw" holes.
The rod that the shift knob mounts to features a series of holes that allows the shift knob to be adjusted to 6 different heights. The shifter also has an aluminum "offset" block that features a unique spline design that allows the shift knob to be pivoted to 8 different locations.
Shown here are the two rods and the aluminum offset block that make up the shift stick. Notice the holes on the upper rod that allow the shift knob to be raised or lowered and the spline on the lower rod that allows the offset block to be pivoted 360 degrees for a more personalized shift knob placement.
Unlike the stock RSX shifter and most RSX style short shifters on the market, the Hybrid Racing shifter features a stainless steel, not plastic, pivot ball. Also, all spherical joints are woven PTFE lined chrome-plated steel, opposed to the plastic joints in the RSX style shifter that wear out given enough hard shifts. What all of this translates into is a smoother, more solid feeling shift and an overall more durable product. The main pivot ball is clamped inside a set of semi-spherical delrin cups that hold the shift stick firmly, but allow it to pivot freely.
Shown here is a close up of the stainless steel pivot ball and chromed steel spherical bearings
What chassis is this shifter compatible with?
The Hybrid Racing K Swap Bolt-In Short Shifter is compatible with the following chassis:
The shifter has not been tested in any cars that were originally equipped with an automatic transmission. Accordingly, some extra cutting and drilling may be required to mount this shifter into a chassis that did not originally have a manual transmission. Please call us if you have questions regarding your specific application
What transmissions is this shifter compatible with?
This shifter is compatible with transmissions from the following vehicles (transmission codes provided when available):
- 01-05 JDM Civic Type R (NPR3)
- 02-04 RSX Type-S (X2M5)
- 02-06 UKDM/EDM Civic Type R (NPQ3)
- 02-06 Base RSX (W2M5)
- 05-06 RSX Type S (NSN4)
If your unsure if your transmission will work just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will the aluminum offset block fit under the shift boot?
The offset block was designed such that it could be positioned above or below the shift boot. Here are pictures of the offset block above and below the boot respectively.
Wait, wait, wait....this thing has how many adjustments?!
The front/back throw can be adjusted to 3 different settings (100% stock throw, 75% stock throw, and 50% stock throw). The left/right throw can also be adjusted to 3 different settings (again, 100% stock throw, 75% stock throw, and 50% stock throw). The shift knob can be adjusted to 6 different heights, and the aluminum offset block can be rotated to 8 different positions. That works out to 432 possible configurations.
Shown below is the aluminum offset block adjusted to five of its eight positions
And shown here is the shift knob height adjusted to 3 of its 6 settings: