So I ordered a VF Engineering Short Shifter. I have never dealt with nor even seen a short shifter in person before but this had to be the easiest thing I have ever done. Took me all of a half hour to install it. Including the many multi-step process to remove the air box (on the tsi engine, dunno how it is on the fsi). So here's what I got. Its a general outline of my installation. Not very detailed.
Here's the new shifter. It has 2 holes in which you can choose how much shorter you want it. I went with the shortest throw. and I love it! Makes a world of a difference.
Old shifter on the left, new on the right. They are about the same weight from what I could tell by holding them.
Shifter is located right underneath the airbox.
Airbox semi disassembled.
Airbox removed. And there she is hiding right underneath a few things.
A closer look. Untouched. I will be removing the single nut that holds it down in place and the left cable arm from the shifter to replace it.
Here I removed the clip from the left cable arm to detach it from the shifter.
Here is what it looked like with the shifter removed. I was able to just take off the cable arm to the left and leave the one to the right on.
New shifter installed.
Of course I was an idiot and didnt take a before and after picture of the shifter knob positions themselves to compare.
Gears 1, 3, and 5 are very very short and 2, 4, and 6 are pretty short too, but not as much.
I definitely recommend this short shifter. Easy do it yourselfer.