I tried doing a simple search on bushings and such and since most of the results were over 2-3+ years old I decided to start my own thread with a little broader subject. Ultimately, in this thread I would like to learn about what after market modifications really give the best bang for buck versus things that subjectively could be more marketing hype then functional improvements. As many will note I am very new to manual transmission so I am unsure of what mod's are night and day differences or "should be done"'s. I'm just going to touch on a few areas that get a lot of mention on the enthusiast club forums.
1) Well, it's always the most talked about and doesn't really need an explanation for me is a short-shift kit. Some are more adjustable then others... some are a lot more expensive then others... I'm actually wondering more on this one regarding people's personal opinions rather then a lengthy description of what it actually achieves.
2) Solid Shifter Cable Bushings - This I'm going to need a background information base on. This is one of the most 'notable' upgrades for my model, period (nevermind only talking about shift assembly stuff). I kind of have a really basic idea of what is happening with this but I'd like to hear a more in depth one.
3) Shifter Mounting Bracket Bushings - I'm just going to quote this product description...
By eliminating shifter bushing deflection, you can now take control of your shifts with precision and enjoyment. You can expect a more solid, direct feel to the transaxle shift lever, typically characteristic of racing linkage type transmissions.
Stop Missing Shifts. Change your worn out rubber bushings today and feel the difference for yourself!
Now I'm absolutely lost to what the bracket bushings actually attribute in terms of feel or noticeable differences?
4) Solid Shifter Cable Bracket - Essentially it's replacing the stock plastic (yeah plastic) bracket with 304 stainless steel. It's quite pricey too at 140 bucks... I'm guessing this is more for peace of mind of testing the depths of time more than anything else that has a functional advantage?
5) Shift Knob - Overall, seems expensive for what it is and also seems like the hardest to do on my personal car. Mostly because it requires somewhat of a hack job, there's no turning back, and there's a lot that can go wrong. I like my OEM shift knob aesthetically but it's extremely light and has no substantial feel to it.
Again, just relating most of what I've heard in regards to my own vehicle which is a 2015 VW GTI. The aftermarket support isn't on the level of a WRX or SI but it's healthy for sure with options. Looking forward to hearing new info and knowledge!