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Well hey...alright! It has officially been (1) year since taking the plunge on the CTR and what a ride (literally) it has been. Have never had so much fun with a car, both driving, maintaining and modding which is a testament to Honda and sadly perhaps an indictment to my sheltered life pertaining to cars, heh. I envy those who have also experienced the S2000, Integra Type R or Mazda RX7 or any other great enthusiast cars out there... because the best I had was a 1996 Acura Integra base model RS, though was heavy into car audio back then.

Probably would still be on the sidelines had I not taken my youngest son to look at the car last December 1st. Almost escaped the Honda dealership with my wallet intact...was throwing out all kinds of excuses to the sales guy about why I wasn’t ready to buy at that moment and was home free...when my son literally begged “Please get it Dad PUHleeeeeeze!!” Note to self: next time I’m not serious and just want to look, go by myself.

Anyway I did not escape the salesman that fateful night, (my mother-in-law’s birthday no less).. and I’ve been having a blast ever since. Still smile each time I get behind the wheel, it has not gotten old. Then again, modding and learning to maintain the car hasn’t allowed things to really get stale. That said I’d probably feel the same if the car was still stock. Such a fantastic machine ;)

What also has not gotten stale is this website and all the posters that make CivicX a fun and informative place to visit. There’s always something interesting to read every day on a variety of the sub forums.

Did not have a build plan or goal other than wanted to add an aftermarket exhaust to improve the sound.. then caught mod fever and it has snowballed from there...My wife has started to catch on and now asks what kind of new car, needs to be worked on so much? Heh... don’t worry about her, there are plenty of landscape mods and home improvement mods she has in mind, sigh.

I’m setting a goal of finally taking the car to the track and to get tuned. One of my retired friends has been pushing me to join him out there. It just seems like there are more mods needed to have a good experience...then again, I’m probably not close to being competent enough to push the car’s current limits anyways, lol.

My oldest son turns 16 in July and I need to start thinking about a car for him.. so not sure how much I’ll be able to continue to throw at the CTR, heh. He wants new (of course) but I’m thinking used...considered letting him cut his teeth on my old faithful 95 Accord.. but I kind of need that car as a solid backup ride. If anyone has car suggestions please lmk, I’m all ears ;)

My mod pace will likely slow for year 2.... I’ve also racked up 24k miles in only a year, so another goal will be to limit my driving to 12k miles or less this next year. For that to happen, I’ll need to start driving the old put put 96 Honda Accord more, heh.

Have held off on (2) major mods that seem very important on this platform: wheels and a tune. Hoping to be able to do one or both next year, we’ll see



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Thank you for taking the time to create and update this thread. I really enjoy your writing style, the detail you've put into your posts, the high res pics, and DIY tutorials. I'm glad you enjoy your car so much, and 24k miles a year sounds like you're definitely getting a lot of value out of your car!
 
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Thank you for the kind words eXstasy. Makes me glad to see fellow Civic enthusiasts finding my OCD ramblings helpful and enjoyable to follow. This thread will also serve as quick reference for when I need to repeat things in the future as my memory is similar to that character in the movie Memento, lol.

It’s fun to post about the Type R, but I’d be doing the same thing if it were an Si or other Civic trim.. Such a great platform.

The weather is pretty nice almost year round here in SoCal, so I don’t have to contend with winter storage or driving conditions I see mentioned by forum members in areas that get snow. I’m also a soccer dad of (2) boys so always driving them to practice or games. The miles add up quickly. However in 24k miles, I have exactly zero canyon carving, auto-x or track miles on the car. Aiming to change that in 2020 ;)


Thank you for taking the time to create and update this thread. I really enjoy your writing style, the detail you've put into your posts, the high res pics, and DIY tutorials. I'm glad you enjoy your car so much, and 24k miles a year sounds like you're definitely getting a lot of value out of your car!
 
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This post pertains to shifter replacement, but won’t do a comprehensive Acuity shifter install post as there are already pretty good online installation instructions here:



This installation video is a must watch. I didn’t until I got stuck. Doing so ahead of time would have made things go so much smoother:



Will instead focus on a few things which should pertain to both Acuity or Hybrid shifter installs.


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First some plastic interior panel removal tools are a must.


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Even using these plastic tools and trying to be gentle, lightly marred some of the plastic interior panel edges. Maybe a thin silk cloth to act as a softener might have helped.. May replace some of these pieces if it bothers me, but for now it doesn’t.


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These are interior trim pieces that are needed to be removed to replace the OEM shifter. The (2) green things are just air fresheners.


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OEM shifter exposed, ready to be removed.


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As I was disassembling the OEM shifter this “magic” spring clip popped off on its own and I didn’t get a chance to see how it was originally installed.


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The clip snaps onto the round white plastic hub and engages the small black slot on the right. Had a tough time figuring out how it went back on until watching the video link above...This step should be the same, whether you add an Acuity or Hybrid shifter.


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This was attempt #1. Didn’t quite look right.


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This was attempt #2. Close, but still not quite right either.


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I believe this is the correct fitment of the spring clip. The dude in the Acuity video makes it look so simple. So glad they have that posted, otherwise probably would still be trying to figure it out.


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Would rate the Acuity Shifter Install as the most stressful mod performed to date. Probably because I did it after my work shift ended, thinking it could be banged out in an hour and a half...But being a first timer, it took longer than anticipated and my wife was calling asking where the heck I was at... (30) minutes more and I would have had to call for a Lyft to take me home, heh.

That said, the payoff was fantastic. The Acuity full shifter and bushings are easily one of my favorite mods. Predict a similar experience for those that opt for the Hybrid.
 
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For the Acuity Fully Adjustable Shifter, I’m currently at medium for all settings except for shift knob height which is currently at setting 1 (lowest). This post captures all of the adjustments on the Acuity (I think). The hands in the photos are not mine...so no, I did not lose a massive amount of weight overnight, heh.

All photos credit: Acuity Instruments.

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Shifter position adjustment. Have mine set to the middle position of the safe range.


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Gear Throw adjustment. Have mine set in the middle (3).



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Gate spacing adjustment. Have mine currently set in the middle (3).


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Shift knob height adjustment. I have mine set at lowest setting (1)


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Some random torque setting. I tightened the screws by hand, but probably should go back and check each one with a torque wrench.
 
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Whelp, I’ve fallen off the proverbial wagon...so to speak, fellas.

My resolution of taking it easy on mods lasted about one full day :(

Skimmed the member’s classified section and Mario_Kart was offering some very nice parts after trading in for a really cool BMW M3. Would have been amazing to see how his Type R build would have turned out and it will be sad seeing him leave the CivicX community. He provided encouragement and tips when I ran into trouble installing the front rotors. Awesome dude in my book. :)


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Got lucky and nabbed his HKS Oil Cooler. Wanted to jump on it because last time I tried ordering an HKS product (intercooler) from a retailer, waited for months before throwing in the towel and taking a different direction. Will have the SST vent pieces powder coated black when it arrives.


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Raceseng is offering 20% off through December 17th, so ordered a black front tow-hook, tug shaft, nut and install tool. Some of the parts are on backorder, dunno when they will come in.


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Went back to Mario_Kart for his Rays/Volk Racing TE37SL 18 x 9.5 +45 pressed double black. Will have the wheels ceramic coated when they arrive then pair with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. **update - went with hpbyhermann’s suggestion of Bridgestone Potenza RE71R**. Will likely try them on the stock suspension first, then look at spring or coilover options for the future.


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Mario_Kart shared this photo on Aegean Blue. Like that the outer circumference has a polished off color so the wheel is not solid black. Hopefully they will look as nice on Championship White ;)

Wife’s been watching me like a chicken hawk lately.. but these wheels may be close enough in color to stock that she won’t notice. However, if she doesn’t, I’m sure I can count on one of my offspring to rat me out “Hey Mom, did you see Dad bought new rims?” Lol.

Which, reminds me of the time I was driving the Type R with my wife and kids and foolishly answered a call from a number I didn’t recognize using the Bluetooth hands free speaker, haha.

Me: Hello?
Caller: Hey is this Tom?
Me: Yes it is, what can I do for you?
Caller: Hi Tom, this is Bob from Placentia Super Service and wanted to see how you are liking that new titanium exhaust we installed for you last week... and if there was any more work to do on your car?
Me: Whoa...sorry Bob, you must have the wrong number sir... GOTTA GO, BYE!

Needless to say, that earned me a trip to the ole doghouse for a couple days, heh.

Anyhoo, once these mods are installed, will look into an advanced driving course or instructor then try the track for the first time. Seems like it would be a lot of fun...


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Unless something catastrophic like this were to occur :( My track buddy sent me this photo of this mishap that occurred last week. This Porsche driver sadly lost control during a power slide and went straight into a wall... totaled the front and rear. Fortunately he was uninjured and had track insurance.. but doubt he will get back what he had into the car.

Would hate for that to happen to anyone...What a nightmare.
 
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With the bushing installed, my Tommy Kaira shift knob sits higher than the OEM by the height of the silver mushroom head. The Acuity shifter height is set to its’ lowest setting of (1) to compensate. Feels good, unfortunately the leather shift boot has been looking like a sad saggy dog ever since and it was only a matter of time before it started bugging an OCD guy like me...

Made an attempt to minimize this sag. Here’s the result and how it was done.


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Before: Boot is collapsed. Acuity boot collar is upside down and barely visible. :(


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After adjustment: got some of the sag out. Boot collar is flipped around and can be seen now. Thinking it looks better now ;)


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Use a plastic trim removal tool to pry the side rails off. Using (2) prying tools at the same time makes it easier.


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The top takes a little finesse to get loose. Just take your time.


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Panel trim removed and set aside.


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Unscrew the shift knob. Screw pitch is M10 x 1.5


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Remove the (4) Phillips screws.


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Press the shift boot collar down to snap it loose from the threaded stop.


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Unthread the stop. The threads have anti seize applied.


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With the stop removed, the cover can be lifted over the shaft.

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Disconnect the Mode Selector, EPB and Brake Hold plugs.


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A sharp pick or flat screwdriver works well to depress this clip so the plug can be pulled..


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With all (3) plugs disconnected, the shift cover can be removed.


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Acuity Fully Adjustable Shifter exposed for inspection.


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Whoa it appears the shifter shaft dropped a little under use and was hitting this corner and wore a small groove in it. Weird, never noticed anything amiss when shifting... Raised the height to make sure it clears 2nd gear now.


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Shifter cover and boot assembly removed.


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Flipped it over and turned the leather shift boot inside out to access the boot collar. Placed towels underneath to avoid scratches. Was doing this at break so was rushing rather than taking my time. The (4) plastic holding clips are very fragile and (2) ended up snapping off :( The remaining clips are still enough do the job, but I’ll order a replacement piece in the future. Pretty certain it’s just a small section needed, not the entire thing ;)


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Cut the plastic zip tie that holds the boot collar


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Then remove it.


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This is the original orientation I had the boot collar. Could only see the outer edge, so it looked like it was just a flat washer. Pretty meh.


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Flipped the to this side. Pretty sure this is how Acuity prefers it to be installed. Much more can be seen.


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Re-inserted the boot about 1.5” deeper than it was. The opening gets wider as the opening tapers down, so there is a bit of excess that will fold over on itself. A longer zip tie than the ones Acuity provides is needed.


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Tightened the zip tie and cut off the excess.


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Then pushed the shift boot back through. Ready to reinstall, which is the reverse of all these steps.


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Would just add when reinstalling the side plastic trim, line up the clips where they engage, then give it a whack to seat them.


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Another view of the adjusted shift boot and collar. Not perfect because of the excess leather material is folded on itself, but it’s looking much better. Suppose doing it the right way would entail re-sewing, which is beyond my current abilities. Might try purchasing a replacement leather boot and taking it to a tailor ;)
 
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thx buddy, thx for sharing all gr8 stories and especially the mod procedures, huge contribution! Good luck and enjoy your ride, looking forward to more mods from you
 
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Things were slow on the home front so decided to pay a visit to Evasive Motor Sports. Have been wanting to stop by for awhile...here is what the store front looks like.


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Some nice SSR wheels on display...


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A couple of Rays/Volk as well...


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They had some cases of interesting bits and bobs to look at.


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Front counter with more stuff to look at.


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Purpose of the visit was to pick up a Koyorad Radiator. Figured if I’m gonna pull the bumper to install an oil cooler, may as well do the radiator at the same time... Also to grab some Project Kics Iconix M14 x 1.5 wheel lugs and caps. Was having a tough time deciding between black and neo-chrome looking at online pix..so was very cool they had them on display so I could see at them in person and compare...


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Found a wheel similar to Pressed Double Black so was able to get a good idea how each color wheel lug would look installed.. loved the look of the neo-chromes but ultimately went with black w/black caps, despite my inner boy racer ;)

Ended up spending about an hour at the store talking to the staff and checking availability of different parts.
 
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Here is a cosmetic mod for a mod, heh.

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The HKS oil cooler has a beautiful SST finish. When it’s installed the ducting is usually visible through the fake vent cutout. At this point, I’m favoring an inconspicuous look...(if that’s even possible with the Type R haha) so disassembled the ducting for powder coating.


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Chose flat black. These are the (4) pieces that got coated. Same day service...Turn around time was (4) hours and cost $80.


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Here is the HKS oil cooler reassembled and sporting flat black. Looking pretty sweet. Very pleased with how it turned out. Had them mask off the HKS logo to keep it intact.


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Painted the silver bolt heads black to complete the look, even though they probably won’t be seen when installed, heh.


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In preparation for the HKS oil cooler install, needed to cut holes in the driver’s side plastic fake vent for air to pass through. Will cover fake vent removal in case anyone missed it on the boost leak test posts.

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Reach your fingers through the holes on the side of the vent.


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Remove by freeing and pushing the circled clip. Pull and wiggle at the same time and it will pop out.


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This push clip needs to come off before the vent can completely be removed.


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Lift the plastic cap using a flat screwdriver. There is also a special push-clip removal tool, but I do not have this.


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With the head lifted, the push clip comes out and the vent is now completely free.


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Boosted180sx shared a really ingenious trick to make cutting the plastic super easy. Heat the cutting blade with heat gun or butane torch.


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The hot blade cuts through plastic like butter. It also produces a cleaner cut as it cauterizes it at the same time.


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Can use a fine file to remove any burrs.


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Voila! (1) down... (26) to go!


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Was able to knock this out during break and lunch. Reinstall the vent in reverse order.


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All done and reinstalled. Cuts are a little rough but passable...The fake vent is now functional and air can pass into the HKS oil cooler when it’s installed. Not sure how soon that will be as I may wait until my next oil change due date ;)
 
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This post pertains to shifter replacement, but won’t do a comprehensive Acuity shifter install post as there are already pretty good online installation instructions here:



This installation video is a must watch. I didn’t until I got stuck. Doing so ahead of time would have made things go so much smoother:



Will instead focus on a few things which should pertain to both Acuity or Hybrid shifter installs.


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First some plastic interior panel removal tools are a must.


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Even using these plastic tools and trying to be gentle, lightly marred some of the plastic interior panel edges. Maybe a thin silk cloth to act as a softener might have helped.. May replace some of these pieces if it bothers me, but for now it doesn’t.


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These are interior trim pieces that are needed to be removed to replace the OEM shifter. The (2) green things are just air fresheners.


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OEM shifter exposed, ready to be removed.


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As I was disassembling the OEM shifter this “magic” spring clip popped off on its own and I didn’t get a chance to see how it was originally installed.


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The clip snaps onto the round white plastic hub and engages the small black slot on the right. Had a tough time figuring out how it went back on until watching the video link above...This step should be the same, whether you add an Acuity or Hybrid shifter.


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This was attempt #1. Didn’t quite look right.


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This was attempt #2. Close, but still not quite right either.


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I believe this is the correct fitment of the spring clip. The dude in the Acuity video makes it look so simple. So glad they have that posted, otherwise probably would still be trying to figure it out.


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Would rate the Acuity Shifter Install as the most stressful mod performed to date. Probably because I did it after my work shift ended, thinking it could be banged out in an hour and a half...But being a first timer, it took longer than anticipated and my wife was calling asking where the heck I was at... (30) minutes more and I would have had to call for a Lyft to take me home, heh.

That said, the payoff was fantastic. The Acuity full shifter and bushings are easily one of my favorite mods. Predict a similar experience for those that opt for the Hybrid.
Does the full Acuity shifter assembly come with base bushings, or would I have to buy those separately?
 
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Hello davemarco,
The Acuity Shifter Cable Bushings are sold separate from the Fully Adjustable Shifter Kit. When I was ready to buy, I was confused on what to order, so emailed Russ and he made sure I ordered exactly what was needed. I suggest reaching out to Russ prior to placing your order.

Pretty sure it was:

The Fully Adjustable Shifter Kit
Shifter cable bushings
Plastic tool kit **optional/highly recommended**
Acuity Shift boot **optional**

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I recommend installing the base bushings first then driving around with it for about a week to experience the bushings alone, then installing the full shifter. Hands down one of my favorite mods so far.


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These packages containing a set of TE37 SL arrived today. Fast, secure shipping and arrived safe and sound.


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Brand new, 100% as described in Mario_kart’s sales thread. Dropped the wheels and wheel lugs off to get ceramic coated. Will be ready tomorrow.


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Was very surprised how light they were when handling them.


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Not sure how soon they will get mounted and installed, but this is a preview of what they look like on a lowered car. Photo credit: Mario_kart.

He’s a very trustworthy, but evil dude.. and has some nice minty HKS coilovers for sale in the members classified section. So tempting. ;)
 
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