Mitsubishi Lancer / Mirage Plastic Base 1995 - 2004 

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.

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 after market knob they usually have allen key heads which you will need to unscrew and then pull off.

Centre Console Photo .....Plastic Lock Tab on shifter

(C) Step 2 ..... - Removing Face Plate & Access to specific screws

1. Once you have removed the gear knob - on the lancer mirage models you will need to loosen the centre console face. This is the unit that holds your stereo and other dials etc. Loosen this unit but it is not necessary to remove the whole unit away. Loosen to allow access to the base of this plate.

2. There are two screws (Star head) hidden at the base behind this face plate. Use your medium phillips screw driver to remove these screws and place in safe container

(D) Step 3 ..... - Removing Centre Console & Access to gear shifter

1. On either side of the centre console, near the drivers and passenger legs there is a single phillips screw which supports the front section of the centre console. Remove these two screws and place in safe container

2. Go to rear of centre 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.

3. Once rear section is removed, there are two more phillip screws at the rear of the middle base. Unscrew and place in safe container.

Rear scews on cetnre console

4. Once all screws are removed life centre console up and out of the way - be carefuel to ensure the shifter bag is lifted properly out the way at the same time.

Image of shifter in car

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

1. First using needle nose pliers - remove the pin that is holding the side lever as per picture showed. Place pin in safe container and remove cable from lever.

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.

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

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 Removal of ball / clip section

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

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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