One of the easier modifications you can do is
install a short shifter. It is easily one of the single most
obvious upgrades in that you'll be using the shifter no matter how
you are driving. There are many aftermarket shifters
available. I chose the B&M shifter because it offers one of
the shortest throws. Most of the alternatives are very similar
in design and throw reduction. Stick with a brand you trust
and you won't have any problems.
- reliable socket set
- metric wrenches
- jack and jack stands
- screw driver
- Vice Grips
- 1/4" or 8mm punch
This process works for any Honda or Acura that uses a rod
shifter. This would be the best time to install a shift
stabilizer if available.
Start by removing the shift knob
Once the shift knob is off, you will need to remove the center
console. The only difference between installing a short
shifter in a '88 civic, '95 civic, '98 Integra, or a '00 civic is
the way the center console is removed. Usually, it is very
self explanatory. After the console is removed, each rod
shifter equipped Honda is the same. The pictures are from my '94 Si.
With the center console out of the way, pull back the weather
Under the car, you need to remove the rear shifter mount.
Remove the two bolts with a 12mm socket.
Up at the front, you need to remove the bolt that holds the front
of the shifter rod with a 12mm box wrench. Energy suspension's shift
At this point, you need to determine if you want to completely
remove the shift linkage from the car. It isn't necessary, but
it is easier if you pull it all out. If you do not want to
remove all of the linkage, skip to removing the bolt that attaches
the shifter to the shift rod.
First, pull back the rubber boot and pull off the small sleeve.
With the sleeve out of the way, use a 1/4" punch (or an 8mm
punch) to remove the pin that attaches the shift rod to the
If you did not remove all of the shift linkage from the car, you
will need to remove the bolt on the bottom of the shifter with 12mm
wrenches. With the bolt out, you will need to remove the
shifter and the rod on which the shifter pivots.
At this point, you will need to remove the two bolts that retain
the shifter. It will be necessary to use vice grips to hold
the top of the bolts.
Pull off the pivot retainer hardware.
Lube up the new shifter and slide on the shifter pivot hardware.
This is a pain, so be patient.
Bolt the new shifter and hardware to the shift linkage.
At this point, you need to slip the linkage and shifter back into
the car (if you didn't remove all of it) or attach the other shift
rod to the bottom of the shifter.
In the case of B&M shifters, you need to use
the supplied o-rings to fill the space shown below. The left
picture is from a civic. This shift linkage requires the use
of two o-rings. The right picture is of an Integras shifter.
This requires all of the supplied o-rings.
Slip the shift linkage back into the car (if you took it all out)
and attach the linkage to the output on the transmission and attach
the shift linkage with the bushing to the side of the transmission.
The bolt the rear bushing to the chassis.
Inside the car, pull the weather seal over the hole in the
Replace the center console.
Install your shift knob of choice!
This installation is relatively easy. If you are planning
on installing a shift stabilizer, this is the best time to do so
since everything is out and easy to access.