Mitsubishi Ralliart Colt Short Shifter Installation Guide

Okay you have a RPW shifter and congratulations. This product will completely change the way your car drives and changes gears to the point you don't know how you got along without it before. The car will change gears smoother, faster and with less chances of grinding the syncrho's. If you can get as good as David from RPW, you can go straight from 2nd to 3rd gear on a straight diagonal shift with no crunching.

Takes some practice but can be done. The Ralliart Colt has an extremely long shifter, this unit has been devised to retain the standard height of factory due to the high seat location, but dramatically reduce the throw of the shifter by around 4cm of total movement reduction.

Below is a guide to installing this kit into your vehicle. We will try to be as specific as we can with detailed photos. RPW takes no responsibility for this guide and is not liable for any wrong fittings, accidents and anything relating to this information. Any reference to this information is done at the users own risk. This write up was written by one of RPW Customers which we thank them for including the photos.

Installation Guides

(A) Tools Required ..... - You will require the following tools.

  1. Needle nose pliers
  2. Larger normal nose pliers
  3. Socket set with 6" extension and 10mm socket
  4. Screwdriver set with medium Phillips and medium slot
  5. Screwdriver set with large slot with long extension
  6. Allen key set (If you have aftermarket gear knob)
  7. Small hammer
  8. Small container to place all screws and clips so they don't get lost (Trust me on this)

(B) Step 1 ..... - Removing gear knob

1. Ensure vehicle engine is turned off (Obvious we know), out of gear and the handbrake is on. Preference is on a flat driveway as at some stage the vehicle will have to have the handbrake turned off and on again. Chock wheels if possible.

2. Here is your first problem. If you have the standard gear knob simply unscrew and remove. There will be a little plastic locking nut which ensure you also remove and place somewhere safe. If you are using an aftermarket knob they usually have allen key heads which you will need to unscrew and then pull off. Be sure to hold the leather down firmly while using your other hand to twist. If you don't, the leather will twist in the same direction and you'll end up nowhere. Worst case scenario, you've ripped your leather. The below pictures show a standard and aftermarket gear shifter knob setup.

Centre Console Photo

(D) Step 2 ..... - Removing Centre Console & Access to gear shifter

1. Remove the carpet sections from the cup holders, usually by levering with the screw driver underneath them if you can't grasp them. Underneath them you will find two screws. With your Philips screwdriver remove them and place them in safe keeping.

2. In order to find the rest of the base screws, remove the plastic cover over the rear/middle section of the console that covers over the handbrake cable. This is held in by plastic clips, and can usually be removed with some mild force. Don't use any tools for leverage as this is really only a dust boot cover. The second photo shows the result of removing the dust cover exposing several more screws to be removed.

3. Once you have removed the remaining screws, you should be able to lift the remaining plastic centre console (As show below) and remove it entirely exposing the shifter mechanism itself.

(E) Step 4 ..... - Removing shifter assembly

1. Once the plastic covers are removed, it should look something like this. Before removing any bolts, firstly, using your long nose pliers, remove the side lever shifter cable. This can be quite difficult to get off sometimes. There will be small clip on the LH side of the shifter for a switch. As shown in the picture below, this will need to be unclipped first before you can unbolt the shifter.

2. Using either large pliers or long slot screwdriver - remove large metal clips from front of the shifter which lock down the cables onto the base of the shifter. Warning - these are usually very hard to remove and will take several goes. You will first though, need to remove the support cross member covering these units - these will have two screws located on either side of the bar.

Rear scews on cetnre console

3. Using ratchet and 10mm socket and extension remove the four bolts holding base of shifter down. Again place screws in safe location (Refer picture above)

4. Now again using needle nose pliers, lift shifter up and the centre cable should still be attached. This holds a U shaped clip that locks the ball of the main shaft into a square clip. With easy access now to clip, lever aside the metal prongs till the ball joint pops out. This can sometimes be levered off without pushing aside the metal prongs. This clip can sometimes act like a spring and go "PING" and disappear so be careful as without it you won't be driving anywhere. Again if removed place in safe container.

Main shaft shifter linkage 

5. You should now have the stock shifter in your hand and removed from the vehicle as per picture below.

6. From here assembly should be the reverse of the above removal order. Ensure you fit the clip and ball lever first before bolting anything else down as otherwise it is a pain to fit without easy access.

7. Use small hammer to locate main clips holding cables down to base of the new unit or edge of large screw driver and continue to rebolt everything else inr everse order.

(F) Step 5 ..... - Driving vehicle

1. Its all fitted - before starting the engine - run through the gears and ensure that all gears can be found before starting the car.

2. You will now note that the gear pattern is a lot tighter, and heavier. This will fade as you get use to the unit which usually takes around 2 days of driving. Once you have driven with it, you will never go back to a stock shifter again. Enjoy.

3. If you have any suggestions / photo's to improve this guide please forward them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thanks to Steve from the Ralliart Colt forums for photos of his installation.

 
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