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I had a short shifter (OEM) in my 02 WRX, with Kartboy bushings, and I loved it. Shifts were nice and quick. I remember trying to drive my girlfriends VW Cabrio and I almost hurt myself shifting into 5th it was so far away. I am in the process of installing his shifter in my 06XT, but have to dremal the base plate so I can't comment right now about it, but so long as it does what it is advertised to do, I think you'll like it. And the bushings should make a difference too. Why not do the bushings at the same time though, if you don't mind me asking? I think that's where the biggest difference is. The OEM bushings are poop.