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Old 08-30-13, 02:19 PM   #1
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Has anyone shortened the shifter stick on the RX?

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Old 08-30-13, 06:18 PM   #2
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That thing sticks out waaaay to much, one thing I noticed when I got the RX, guess u could cut it
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Old 08-31-13, 03:54 AM   #3
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I agree it could have a shorter or thicker shaft.
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Old 08-31-13, 09:27 AM   #4
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That long thin metal shaft looks ugly..
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Old 08-31-13, 09:37 AM   #5
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It's perfect!!
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Old 08-31-13, 02:51 PM   #6
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I agree it could have a shorter or thicker shaft.
Agreed, feels very flimsy as is for a luxury SUV. Would probably be better without the idiotic shift pattern. No need to have the weird pattern anymore with electronic shifters. BMW has this right with a center detent and a button to switch between different driving modes. Slap if to the left of center for manual mode. Piece of cake and probably would take up less space.
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Old 08-31-13, 03:14 PM   #7
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I deleted a few posts. Please keep the comments constructive.
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I did so on a 2010 Camry I owned. Rented a tap and die from Autozone to extend the threads on the shifter. Covered as much of the interior as I could with trash bags, and then shorted the shifter with a dremal.
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Haven't considered this. have you tried using the hack saw to cut off the portion you don't want?

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Haven't considered this. have you tried using the hack saw to cut off the portion you don't want?

Cutting is not the problem. When shifter goes into parking position it becomes pretty short and the **** gets on the way of the gear channel. It might not be possible to shorten the shaft at all... On my IS350 I just had to force the f-sport **** and screw it in more. Being shorter, it gave much better and sportier look.
I think cutting 1/2 inch off would be safe, however not sure if its worth the trouble..
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Agreed, feels very flimsy as is for a luxury SUV. Would probably be better without the idiotic shift pattern. No need to have the weird pattern anymore with electronic shifters. BMW has this right with a center detent and a button to switch between different driving modes. Slap if to the left of center for manual mode. Piece of cake and probably would take up less space.
I almost got into an accident trying to get an X5 to reverse. The shifter is far from intuitive. Thank you Lexus for not making a flimsy plastic shifter like BMW does!
For Autos, I found the shifter in the Prius to be the best. Same one is now in the electric RAV4. Now, that's a shifter I would like.
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Careful of what you ask for. I come from the age of Dodge push button transmissions. Today, Chrysler brings us dial-a-gear. No gear shift at all -- just a big ****. The gear shift will go the way of the hand brake soon enough.

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Old 09-04-13, 07:33 PM   #13
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Funny how pretty innocuous designs freak people out. I've had our RX for almost three years and never thought once that it was 'too long' or 'too flimsy'. It's fine as far as I am concerned, if it drives you crazy go ahead and try to change it. I like the manual shift feature when going down winding twisting roads where you would be on the brakes constantly with a normal automatic transmissions. To each their own.
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I think its perfectly fine the way it is. Its not like you hold onto it the whole time your in the car and when your driving. You only use it to switch gears and thats it.
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