When I first drove the Elise I could not believe how amazing the car
was and felt, yet there was one portion that just did not fit in a car of this
caliber, the shifting. The stock shifter has so much play and such long throws
it feels like we are driving a truck and I found this to be totally
unacceptable. I have driven many mid engine cars in the past and the stock Elise/Exige
has the worst shifter feel and throw by far. We have redesigned the entire
linkage assembly in Solidworks at the transmission side. This will replace the
linkage assembly at the transmission with an adjustable assembly with 4 sealed
cartridge bearings and 2 rod end bearings
instead of bushings. It will also have adjustments so the end user can pick
how much throw they would desire. This will allow for a much shorter and faster
shifting throw with less play for more accurate and direct shifting. The linkage
assembly also weights about 1lb and the stock unit is about 3-4lbs.
Installation instructions here.