Originally Posted by ukoldschool
Peter - sorry if Im getting the worng end of the stick (haha) but why?
Youre not going to reduce your gear change times by reducing the length of the stick unless you lengthen the ammount below the fulcrum point and reduce the ammount above it.
if its purely that you cant stand the fact that it looks long then fair enough
as it does look long compared to the one on my GTA
Intersting point... As mentioned, i am not doing this to get faster gear shift, but to get more precise gear shift action. The 2nd to 3rd, and 4th to 5th gear shift movement is veeeery long, and feels quite inaccurate when done quickly.
Admittedly it's been a few years since i had basic mechanics, but as i read your argument, it does not really apply here.(Not in real life anyway)
a)I presume the Gear stick is a Class I lever, and the Effort in this case is not a constant, but the final Load is.
b) I can apply plenty more Effort at my own discretion, and the Load is not anywhere near my maximum effort.
c) The increase of Load which comes from moving the point of where Effort is applied closer to Fulcrum, is so small, that it should not slow the actual movement of a Gear change down.
d) The Lateral travelled distance required to perform a Gear shift, decreases as the distance from point of Effort to Point of Pivot(Fulcrum) decreases.
Ergo it should theoretically be possible to make faster gear change times by shortening the stick.
To speak in regular tongue, i think the 1997-2002, 6 speed gear stick was intentionally made tall to make the gear shift action feel softer and smoother then what a shorter stick would offer. AR always has to satisfy the masses, and not a few Nutters like us