B&M Edge short shifter
The B&M Edge short shifter is designed to shorten shift throws by lengthening the distance from the pivot ball to the bottom end of the shifter, while slightly shortening the distance from the pivot ball to the top of the shifter. The design is also supposedly weighted for optimum performance. The shifter itself has an attractive (and presumably durable) chrome-like finish, is made from CNC machined steel, and comes with replacement o-ring bushings for the bottom pivot.
Performance wise, the shift throws are shortened by a measured 2” from stock. The difference from stock is night and day: a quick but firm flick of the wrist is all that is needed to execute a shift. The most noticeable advantage can be found in the second to third gear shift, which is always the most difficult in the heat of battle.
The Edge shifter is a little shorter from the pivot ball to the top of the shifter, so the shift knob sits a little lower. This, combined with the longer pivot to bottom distance, results in a little more effort needed to put the stick in each gear. Also, the stock shifter has a slight bend in it towards the rear, so the B&M shifter, which is perfectly straight, sits a little further from the driver. B&M claims the straight shaft allows for the best leverage, but a slight bend would probably be appreciated. As it stands, the shifter positioning is fine, it just could be a little better for taller or short-armed drivers. (Note: With B&M’s own Shift Stabilizer kit with eccentric front bushing, the shifter can be adjusted closer to the driver if so desired.)
Overall, the B&M shifter is a wise choice for the performance minded driver, especially one who enjoys racing the 1320 or making it first to the next stoplight. Instructions, fit and finish are impeccable with this unit, the only drawback being the poor quality stickers that come in the kit (at least you get two).
Today after work I jacked the car up and dropped the shift linkage. Lo and behold the lower pivot of the shifter was seized with rust. I disassembled, cleaned, and rebuilt the shifter with a heathy dose of grease, and it is now moving smoother than it ever has.
A note to those living in wet and/or cold climates: drop your aftermarket shifters and grease them up every year or two and you will notice a world of difference in how smooth the shifter works.