[urq] True Short Shifter 016 Challenge

Tony Hoffman auditony at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 07:49:44 PDT 2011

In my simplistic way of thinking, you could shorten the side to side throws
by simply bending/extending the shift arm upward slightly. If that does not
give the desired effect, you can also raise the mounting point of the small
ball and socket location of the trans, and bend the arm upward more.

However, with this caveat: #1, this would increase the effort side to side.
#2, it's not IMO really the right way to fix the "issue". The right way
would be to change the lever arm length/setup inside the transmission. I
don't know just how hard this would be, though. I've been into quite a # of
016's, but never really thought about this sort of modification.

BTW, I'm not a big fan of heim joints on street cars, just my .02. Never
really thought of them as a street car application, lack of element
protection and whatnot. If I modify something, I try to think of how Audi
would have done it, and perhaps improve upon the original dexign. And, I mix
that with the thought of "will it go at least 100k miles" as well.

That said, the setup in the second set of pics is a pretty nice looking
piece of work. I take nothing from whoever designed and machined that, it
appears to be quite stout.


On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 8:57 AM, Scott Justusson <qshipq at aol.com> wrote:

> **
> Detailed pix of the linkage Audisport did for the 016 (not S1, but A1/A2
> design) can be found here:
> http://www.bufkinengineering.com/finished%20shifter.htm
>  and
> http://www.bufkinengineering.com/linkage1.htm
> The geometry is identical, save the 'typical' rise in the shifter mounting
> point, which reduces throw.  Taking out slop by 'heim jointing' can reduce
> the feel and 'incidentally' some of the travel in the "H" but that's not
> it's primary function nor design.  IME, it makes for a really notchy 016
> shifter feel, but the thought of "short" shifter isn't the primary thought
> that comes to mind.
> Cheers
> Scott J

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