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First MINI Mod -- Short Shifter (craven vs alta)

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Old 08-22-2010, 09:41 AM
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First MINI Mod -- Short Shifter (craven vs alta)

I'm looking to add a short shifter kit to my '10 Cooper.

So far it's between the ALTA Short Shifter and the Craven Speed Shifter.

If you have either of these installed, or can recommend one over the other, please share your feedback and experience(s). Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:40 PM
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I have the Craven Speed. I love it. Goes really nice with their powdercoated shift plate. Or you can use the stock **** and boot.
 
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:16 AM
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Got my ALTA on sale. I love it
 
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:15 AM
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Don't forget to consider the Helix:



Simple, inexpensive. It's probably the most widely used one on the market.


http://helix13.com/mini/products/suspension-chasis
 
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:59 AM
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^ that link also says "R53." If it can be used for the R56 the site should be updated.

I have the ALTA SSK along with the cravenspeed shift well cover. I love how it feels and how adjustable it is, but if you really need something that adjusts quickly, I'd get the CS SSK. I just think the ALTA one is made a little better IMO. I can't tell you how many compliments I get on the looks of ithe setup I have.
 
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by drewstermalloy View Post
^ that link also says "R53." If it can be used for the R56 the site should be updated.
No the R56 is the third item in the shifter section ('07 plus...). Website revamp is on the way, however.
 
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:33 PM
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Oops. Missed it. Sorry!
 
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:15 PM
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I'm still torn between the two. I think I'll just end up flipping a coin
 
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:33 PM
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Here's what it looks like with the ALTA SSK and the CS shift well cover. Pretty awesome IMO.

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Old 08-27-2010, 12:45 PM
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thanks drew. that does look really sweet! now does the ALTA ssk adjust (shorter/longer) too?
 
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:38 PM
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Yep. Where that collar is, there are 3 screws. Loosen the screws and you can slide the shifter up and down. The only thing is I don't think ALTA makes them anymore, but I'm sure you can find one in the marketplace.
 
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:46 PM
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I found several http://www.vividracing.com/catalog/a...r-p-45367.html and http://www.hpautoworks.com/index.php...oducts_id=3169... just google "AMP-INR-112". Now just to find out who can offer be the best price
 
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:42 PM
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Holy crap I paid ~$120 for mine last spring and ALTA was selling them for around 60 bucks before they stopped making them! $200 is crazy. Still worth it IMO, but crazy.
 
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by drewstermalloy View Post
Holy crap I paid ~$120 for mine last spring and ALTA was selling them for around 60 bucks before they stopped making them! $200 is crazy. Still worth it IMO, but crazy.
Craven Speed's SSK is $173... so it's not that big of a difference. I guess inflation is to blame
 
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I have the Craven Speed adjustable short shifter with well cover and JCW CF shifter. Been on the car for about 1.5 years. The SSK has always been set at the lowest setting. I love this combo. It's probably my favorite mod on my car.



 
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:53 AM
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And what about the NM Engeneering short shifter? It seems to be close to the Helix one.
 
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Originally Posted by onefish2 View Post
Looks good minus that gigantic JCW shift ****..
 
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We use and install the Craven short shifters. They are the best and easiest to adjust.
 
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Originally Posted by drewstermalloy View Post
Looks good minus that gigantic JCW shift ****..
Thanks. I like that gigantic JCW shifter. Actually anything mounted on the SSK will look big.
 
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:21 AM
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Since ALTA took the ssk off their site, does anybody have the instructions saved or a link to one online? I know the general process with removing the heat shield / dust cover, linkage cables etc, but if I could find one specific to their kit it'd be nice to have them point out each detail on the part. I just picked up a used one so I'll be installing soon..
 
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Originally Posted by BostonR56S View Post
Since ALTA took the ssk off their site, does anybody have the instructions saved or a link to one online? I know the general process with removing the heat shield / dust cover, linkage cables etc, but if I could find one specific to their kit it'd be nice to have them point out each detail on the part. I just picked up a used one so I'll be installing soon..
I'm almost positive I have them at my house, but I'm 300 miles away from home right now. I'll be home on Monday, and I can make a PDF version for you.
 
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:22 PM
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Check out the 'How To' section over at OutMotoring.com... Aaron has quite a collection of instructions, including Alta SSK (Gen 1 and Gen 2) and B&M SSK.

http://www.outmotoring.com/pages.php?pageid=3
 
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How much shorter is the shift on the Cravenspeed like 20-30% shorter? How much lower can you get the shifter to sit, a few inches like 1 1/2? Thanks, lookin to pull the trigger on one of these soon.
 
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I'm too about to decide between the Alta or Craven short shifter, but would like to keep both the stock **** and boot.

I'm wondering if the stock boot would still allow me to adjust the throw "on the fly" without having to remove anything (the boot for a start)

Anyone with such a setup?
 
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:25 PM
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I've installed and used both the Alta and the Craven. I highly recommend the Craven over the Alta. Mainly cause the Craven is much easier to adjust with the ****, the Alta has the screws that you will have to get a wrench to loosen and adjust, also those screws can come loose which I've seen happen.

Go with the Craven
http://www.waymotorworks.com/cravens...5-r56-r57.html
 
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