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Re: Short shifter in the 90q20v / CQ

Anastasios Kotsikonas wrote:
> Duff, Ian said:
> >
> > Who does a short shift kit for these cars? Why do you want one? My CQ
> > seems to have a pretty tight shift pattern, but I've never driven a car
> > that had a conversion done, so I don't know if it's worth it.
> > -Ian Duff.
> on a related note... I always double-clutch shifting up or down. Does anyone
> else do this?

I do, on the downshift, all the time. Its a die hard habit, developed in the days when I drove an 
old iron bath tub with a 3-speed, non-syncronized gearbox. The clunker was 3 years older than I, 
had a cruising speed of 40km/h, and had a shifter on the steering column and straight cut gears.

Also, in the previous life I drove in snow and ice for 6 month a year, where, in an emergency, 
double clutching was the *only* way to drop 2 gears at the speed from, say, 70km/h down to 20km/h 
without touching the brakes. Saved my butt more than once.

On a related note: I have shorted the throw in my gear linkage by about 30%. I also shorted the 
shifter by ~40mm. I am very glad I did.
To the best of my knowledge, no one makes a short throw kit for Audis. One has to improvise on the 
Igor Kessel
'89 200TQ - 18psi (TAP)
'97 A4TQ - on order