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Old 07-27-2021, 12:52 AM   #1
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TRD Japan or US quick shifter

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As usual, I’m one to window shop for TRD Japan parts (but I end up buying them lol), and this time I’m wanting to see if anyone has any opinions details about the TRD Japan Quick Shifter MS205-18001, and how does it stack up to the US TRD quick shifter PTR54-18130. From what I see, the US version has a claimed 25% less throw and comes with more things besides the shift lever itself, and the JDM version is more about the actual lever and I saw one site say it has a ‘20% shorter throw’. Not sure if I believe that one site, but like with all TRD Japan parts, they never actually give a good description. TIA
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There ain't nutten wrong with the one that came with your car.

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There ain't nutten wrong with the one that came with your car.

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Correct. It is already pretty nice and short, but a short (or quick) shifter is a good modification to have the car feel better. It’s like racing seats in a street car in a way. It helps the driver sit up straight and not focus on trying to stay upright (comparing as both are same weight). Is it needed, not necessarily.
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That U.S. kit is an actual turd. Stay far away from it. If you want a short shifter, get the JDM TRD, or the STI unit.
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The TRD and STi are different. TRD is 8 mm longer in the lower part, STi 4 mm.
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I recently got the JDM TRD Short Shifter installed and it's actually lovely. It definitely aids in the spirited driving experience since the gears are smaller. The websites say 20% yes and that makes a huge difference.

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Weren't there reports of issues with the trd usa short shifter modification? replacing the entire shifter unit is always a better idea of bolting shit to the existing setup.
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The one nut could reportedly work itself loose if you didn't loctite it up real good.

Other than that, I think the issues were limited to people who had aftermarket drive shafts.

I loved my TRD Quick Shifter. Might have been my favorite of everything I've driven.

Short, notchy with positive feedback.
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I've bought and used both the USDM and JDM shifters for extended amounts of time. They both reduce the throw by approximately the same amount.

I tracked and put tons of miles on the USDM without any problems. I later upgraded to the JDM.

For the driving I do and if I had to do it over, I would have gotten and just spent the money once for the JDM shifter from the start

The USDM shifter

  • lower pricepoint, better if you are uncertain if you'll like the upgrade
  • requires a little more diligence and watching to make sure the installation is proper
  • comes with stiffened shifter mount
  • a little less work to install
  • often prone to ratting/more noise



The JDM shifter
  • is more expensive
  • is more sturdy and confident
  • requires a little more work to install.
  • DOES NOT come with a stiffened shifter mount (reuses OEM mount), though you can upgrade if you want
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So I guess I could give my feedback. I actually have the STI short shifter and TRD quick shifter mated together and it's eh. If I'd do it again, I wouldn't have added the TRD but it does shorten throws and it's notchy.
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