After developing Shifter Cables, Shifter-Cable Bushings, Shifter-Base Bushings, and the original Clutch Master Cylinder Upgrade for the 8th Gen Civic we realized there was only one piece left that needed our attention... the shifter! We continue to strive for ultimate performance and reliability so we took our original 06-11 Civic shifter assembly and sent it back to the drawing board.
After countless hours of design, engineering, and testing we completed a major overhaul of our shifter system. As a commitment to our customers, we are proud to offer a refreshed version of the most popular short shifter assembly for the 8th generation Honda Civic chassis!
Initial stages of the short shifter design involved culling through forums and talking with 8th Gen Civic owners, looking for the Pros and Cons of the stock shifter as well as other short shifter upgrades that were available at the time. This wasn’t the first time we’d designed a shifter assembly, so there were already a lot of features we knew we wanted to include in this unit. Among those features was an unparalleled level of adjustability, so that each driver could tweak every aspect of the shifter to suit their own preference. Ultimately, what we developed was a durable, versatile short shifter that is simple enough to allow an affordable price, so you can have your race car without eating ramen noodles for a month.
The shifter’s frame is constructed from TIG-welded, powder-coated, 1000 Series steel. The Dust-Gold anodized upper and lower rocker assemblies are now made of single pieces of Aerospace aluminum and feature custom sealed ball bearings to reduce friction. The new V2 shifter is 60% smoother than the original version requiring much less physical effort to row through gears all while being significantly lighter. Shift throw adjustment is achieved using two threaded cable attachment pins, meaning fine tweaks can be made to shift throw, allowing you to dial in the exact throw that suits your shifting style. Each attachment pin features a wear-resistant Delrin pivot cap for sturdy, quiet operation. New dual, zinc-plated extension springs replace the OEM style torsion centering spring for better-centering action and a more direct feel.
The front/back throw and left/right throw can be adjusted independently and figures for throw reduction are shown below:
The Hybrid Racing cables are a performance upgrade replacement for stock OEM cables. The solid rod ends, 30% thicker cable core and spherical bearings give the Hybrid Racing cables a firmer, tighter feel over OEM cables resulting in fewer missed shifts and a more connected feel to the chassis.
We created a cable to give people peace of mind and improved driving performance when they shift hard and during demanding racing applications and the Hybrid Racing performance cables achieve this goal!
Other notable features of the Hybrid Racing cables are spherical bearings, stainless steel push rods, and upgraded stainless steel swivel support tubes (oem are plastic) that are known to break on the OEM cables. All of the rod ends, and mounting bushings are CNC machined 6061 aluminum that have been heat-treated and coated with a black hard anodized before being laser etched with the Hybrid Racing logo and flair.
Are these cables a direct replacement for my OEM 8th gen style cables?
Yes! We include a new rubber grommet that goes around the OEM cables, so you do not have to re-use your OEM grommet. The OEM cable that controls the right/left motion of the shifter has been upgraded from a plastic twist-lock bushing to aluminum bushings and spring clip. This aluminum bushing simplifies installation a bit, but more importantly, it gets rid of yet another plastic part that tends to flex on the OEM cables, leading to a sloppy feeling shift. The extra spring clip that you will need to install the Hybrid Racing cables is included with the cables, so you will not need to buy any other parts. An easy to follow installation tips sheet is included with each set of cables to make installation as worry-free as possible.
What is included with these shifter cables?
The kit comes with two shifter cables; each shifter cable set includes two cotter pins, clips for the shifter end, and transmission selector lever springs. Each set also comes with a new rubber grommet for the hole in your firewall. Also, all shifter cables come with upgraded transmission gear selector springs. These aren't required but are recommended to further improve your driving experience.
Beyond simple throw reduction, we have built-in a feature that many 8th Gen Civic owners have long desired but never had: shift knob height adjustment. Our simple single-bolt height adjustment design (borrowed from our popular k-swap shifters) allows the knob to be adjusted higher or lower than stock (within a 1.5″ total range) with only a 5mm allen wrench. Now you can tweak the shifter’s throw AND knob position independently until the shifter functions exactly the way you want it to.
This short shifter assembly is designed so that base bushings are not needed, meaning there’s no need to spend extra money on solid shifter base bushings. The shifter is compatible with OEM 8th Gen Civic cables, or our performance 8th Gen Civic cables. This shifter will work on both the base model R18 platform, as well as the Si’s K20 platform.