DAN’S CIVIC TYPE R
HAPPINESS, AS WE ALL KNOW, IS FOUND IN A CHUNKY LITTLE KNOB…
Something had been troubling me about the Honda. I’m infatuated with almost every aspect of it. The handling, the steering feel, the sound, the manic nature of the engine, the way you seem to be plunging deep into the fiery pits of hell in a runaway minecart when the rev needle sweeps past 6,000rpm. But there’s one thing the EP3’s famous for, which somehow wasn’t really working for me: the gear-shift.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing up with the gearbox itself. I’m talking about the tactility of the shift, the way it feels as you snick from gear to gear. The weird BTCClike placement of the gearstick positions it a mere hand-span away from the steering wheel, and this should help to make your shifts quick and decisive. But it felt a little sloppy in my car.
No one likes a spongy stick. It seemed incongruous in a car that, in all other respects, is so focused and serious. And every other EP3 driver raves about the awesomeness of the gearshift. It was niggling away at me.
So I got on the blower to boss-man John at Tegiwa, and I barely got to finish the sentence before he’d diagnosed the problem and formulated a solution.
Those fellas know Hondas inside out, and apparently EP3 shifters naturally develop a little play over time. The cure? A Revo Technica short-shifter assembly to replace the tired factory unit, which shortens the throw by 40 percent, along with a fancy Skunk2 billet gearknob, which is precisionweighted at 440g to (apparently) promote smoother, more positive shifting.
The fellas on the Honda forums seem to swear by ’em, anyway. I put my order in, and the cheery postman handed me my knob (fnar fnar) the very next day.
It only took my local spanner-twirlers, Autotest of West Ewell, an hour to fit it all. So with some simple-to-fit parts the driving experience has been transformed once again. Nice one, Tegiwa!
A car fit for a knob
Revo Technica short-shifter has transformed gear changes
A fine looking and weighted knob