Since developing Shifter Cables, Shifter-Cable Bushings, Shifter-Base Bushings and the original Clutch Master Cylinder Upgrade for the 8th Gen Civic, Hybrid Racing realized realized there was only one piece left that needed their attention... the shifter! Hybrid Racing continues to strive for ultimate performance and reliability so they took the original 06-11 Civic shifter assembly and sent it back to the drawing board. After countless hours of design, engineering and testing Hybrid Racing completed a major overhaul of the shifter system. As a commitment to their customers, Hybrid Racing is proud to offer a refreshed version of the most popular short shifter assembly for the 8th generation Honda Civic chassis!
Initial stages of the short shifter design involved culling through forums and talking to local 8th Gen Civic owners, looking for the Pros and Cons of the stock shifter as well as other short shifter upgrades that were available at the time. This wasn’t the first time Hybrid Racing had designed a shifter assembly, so there were already a lot of features Hybrid Racing knew that they wanted to include in this unit.
Among those features was an unparalleled level of adjustability, so that each driver could tweak every aspect of the shifter to suit their own preference. Ultimately, what was developed was a durable, versatile short shifter that is simple enough to allow an affordable price, the best of both worlds.
The shifter’s frame is constructed from TIG welded, powder coated, 1000 Series steel. The Dust-Gold anodized upper and lower rocker assemblies are now made of single pieces of Aerospace aluminum and feature custom sealed ball bearings to reduce friction. The new V2 shifter is 60% smoother than the original version requiring much less physical effort to row through gears. It is also lighter.
Shift throw adjustment is achieved using two threaded cable attachment pins, meaning fine tweaks can be made to shift throw, allowing you to dial in the exact throw that suits your shifting style. Each attachment pin features a wear-resistant Delrin pivot cap for sturdy, quiet operation. New dual, zinc-plated extension springs replace the OEM style torsion centering spring for better-centering action and more direct feel. The front/back throw and left/right throw can be adjusted independently and figures for throw reduction are shown below:
Pre ’09 8th Gen Honda Civic Si:
-front/back adjustable from 80%-48% stock throw (20%-52% reduction)
-left/right adjustable from 83%-47% stock throw (17%-53% reduction)
’09+ 8th Gen Honda Civic Si:
-front/back adjustable from 87%-52% stock throw (17%-48% reduction)
-left/right adjustable from 90%-49% stock throw (10%-51% reduction)
Beyond simple throw reduction, Hybrid Racing has built in a feature that many 8th Gen Civic owners have long desired but never had: shift knob height adjustment. The simple single-bolt height adjustment design (borrowed from the popular k-swap shifters) allows the knob to be adjusted higher or lower than stock (within a 1.5″ total range) with only a 5mm allen wrench. Now you can tweak the shifter’s throw AND knob position independently until the shifter functions exactly the way you want it to.
This short shifter assembly is designed so that base bushings are not needed, meaning there’s no need to spend extra money on solid shifter base bushings. The shifter is compatible with OEM 8th Gen Civic cables, or Hybrid Racing performance 8th Gen Civic cables. This shifter will work on both the base model R18 platform, as well as the Si’s K20 platform.