It does a little bit, but really only when cold or when trying to put it in a gear that you should not. Like putting it from 2nd to 1st when coming to a stop sign and you are doing it when going to fast without matching revs. Now, when you shift under normal load it is like butter and just falls into place. This feels easier and better than stock and I attribute this to the smooth flow, precision of the LETSLA with the bearings. So it is harder, but when driving normal conditions it actually feels lighter. I hope that long winded answer makes sense.
How much is the shift effort increased with this kit? Shorter throw = less leverage = more force needed.
I have not worked on a RHD, but I am thinking the linkage should be the same. This should work find on the 08 as I do not believe they have changed the linkage at the transmission side, but they did change the shifter and the cables so this should work even better on the S240. I did drive an S240 before I got my Elise and this now feels much better than the S240.
does this fit a 08 S240 Exige? Also any difference between LHD and RHD?
Newman. I am glad you brought this up. When I first modified the stock shift linkage on the transmission side to find a quick and easy solution I did find that some parts could bind when doing it that way. I first used some scotty bolts and rod bearings but found this shortened the shifting, but was slopped and would not go into gear as well so I ditched it quick. The LETSLA does not change the angle or location of the cables and is well within the tolerance range of the stock cable and actually helps. I looked at making a new replacement cable plate, but the stock worked just as well so no need at all. The LETSLA actually has less movement and possibility of binding since the LETSLA uses a mechanical advantage in the control arms with multiple sealed ball bearings to advance the short shifting and has less movement in the cable.
I have first hand experience with adjusting the attachment point of the cables on the linkage assembly in my lotus, and found that modifying it without relocating the cable's mounting point caused binding at random times.
Newman again. You could not be more wrong. I am working on getting new cables made with much better specs than the stock cable. They are making me a sample now to test out for loss of motion and friction. I should have them in a couple of weeks as that part has taken longer than I hoped, but that part is from a specialty maker so I am at their whim. I will have to order at least 100 cables to get a good cost and will see how much it costs. I will sell these at cost to pass it on to the Lotus community.
I'm not saying that couldn't be done, but I think a Toyota OEM shift cable is very expensive. Could be a 500 dollar short shifter all said and done. I am only speculating, though.
One more note. I am in Fredericksburg VA if anyone wants to try it out in my car yourself. Just send me a note and we can meet up, but this is not a joy ride my car session.
2005 Elise -LR,SP,HT,T, Trueleo LETSLA, Custom larger side scoops, Custom side skirts, Exige grills, Stage II exhaust, FF splitter, Air2Gel seat foam, Stripes, Eliminator, BWR SC kit, Fidanza flywheel, ACT HD, Custom SC headers, Custom PPE header, Custom 3" exhaust with Borla muffler, Difflow Railer jr, Direzza star specs, R4S pads
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