Mitsubishi Lancer Plastic Base 2004 - 2007

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.

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 after-market gear knob)
  7. Small hammer
  8. Small container to place all screws and clips so they don't get lost (Trust me on this)

RPW Short Shifter Kit

(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 after market 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.

Centre Console Photo

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

1. On the driver’s side, take a look where the pedals are, you will see this clip that is holding the housing down. All you need to do is simply remove that clip with a flat head. This will get you started.

Rear scews on cetnre console

2. Goto the passengers side and find what you see in the picture. Gently pull the housing off. Alternatively, you can use a flat head and place it between the two housings to wedge the extra piece out softly.Go to rear of center console and remove two phillips screws at base of unit. Again place in safe container. The rear section of the centre console should now be able to be removed as there are only plastic lock tabs holding it into the front section of the centre console.

Rear scews on cetnre console

3. Once you’ve taken the extra piece off as shown in the picture below, there will be one more clip under the housing. All you need to do is lift the housing to have that clip in full view; remove the clip with a flat head and then the front of the housing is pretty much loose and done for now.

Rear scews on cetnre console

4. Once you’ve taken the extra piece off as shown in the picture below, there will be one more clip under the housing. All you need to do is lift the housing to have that clip in full view; remove the clip with a flat head and then the front of the housing is pretty much loose and done for now.

5. Arm rest. Open your arm rest. Looking inside, you will see two screws. Remove them with a screw driver. You should now be able to remove the arm rest housing.Keep in mind, you will need some jiggling/forcing of the housing to come off.

6. There are two big holes at the top. That's where the arm rests housing clips go into. To remove the housing, I just put a flat head in between the housings and gently pushed the flat head forward. This acted as a lever to release the clips. Once you’ve done this it will look like this. Don't rip it out, just keep at it, it will eventually come out. For some, it may just come right off.


Rear scews on cetnre console

7. Remove those two screws that are located beside the white clip.

Rear scews on cetnre console

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

1. Once both housings are removed, it should look something like this. First using needle nose pliers - remove the pin that is holding the side lever. Place pin in safe container and remove cable from lever.

Rear scews on cetnre console

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 your not 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.

Main shaft shifter linkage

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.

(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.

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