Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
8/3/03 8:34 p.m.
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When we mentioned in a recent update that the 914 wasn't that easy to shift, a reader gave us the tip of contacting J West Engineering, a small manufacturing company that specializes in making cool goodies for Porsches. While we were a little skeptical of the Rennshift performance shifter's $400 price tag, we ordered one for our 914; we were desperate to get the shifter to work consistently.

The unit comes assembled and ready to install and the instructions are very thorough. Ruggedly built, the shifter housing is constructed of 6061-T6 aluminum and has a choice of several different lever-throw reductions. On their recommendation, we went with the 20% reduction.

Installation is really very straight forward and bolts in to the stock shifter mounting points. The carpet will need to be cut fo fit around the larger base and you will also need to redo the hole in the center console, if your 914 has one.

The results are well-worth the time and money invested. We won't say that the 914 now shifts better than a Miata, but it's now well past acceptable and approaching unfreakin' believable. J West Engineering can be reached at 817-946-1833 or by visiting www.jwesteng.com

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