Today I spent just over two hours of my life and almost lost several fingers in order to fit my Mugen QuickShifter. As a fair number of people appear to have purchased these, or are tempted by them, I thought I would produce this guide of how to fit so that you are not baffled by the Japanese instructions! (yes my items have been purchased from official UK dealers)
Removal of gear knob: I would advise wrapping this in insulation tape to protect from damage and to also help get a grip of the thing to twist anti-clockwise to release. First quarter turn is very difficult, then it is much easier.
Turn gaiter locking bolt anticlockwise until it detaches from the shifter stick.
Now to remove the gaiter and surround. (this isn't necessary if you remove the centre console and front console first - but I thought it helped!). Simply lift the storage lid and carefully insert a flathead screwdriver into the gap between the surround and the storage hole (use a towel over the screwdriver to protect from damage) and lift up to release the three clips to remove the surround.
Time to remove the centre console. There are four nuts to remove, each with a pop-off cover. Two at the front in the footwell and two behind in the rear passengers' footwell.
Front (also same on driver's side):
Rear (also same on driver's side):
Once these nuts are removed, Carefully hold the console at the furthest front part (by the cigarette lighter) and gently pull the sides outwards, whilst pulling the entire unit upwards and backwards. Expect a small amount of resistance from a few clips at the front.
Following this unplug the connector from underneath the cigarette lighter (and the USB connections if applicable/desired - I did not disconnect these) and carefully lift the console unit over the handbrake and remove. If you leave the USB connectors in then lay the unit on the passenger seat, as below.
The image below shows the exposed centre without console and the loose connector from the cigarette lighter.
5. At this point I covered the stick of the gear shifter to prevent possible damage to any trim. As shown in the image above.
6. To start removing the Honda gear selector/shifter, a 12mm torque wrench/spanner is needed. I removed the Three nuts before removing the front centre console, however this is not necessary and it's probably easier to wait until the front console section is removed!
The three large steel nuts are easily identified and removed simply by unbolting, in the usual way.
At this stage I also detached the gear levers from the cables. Two ball and socket joints: see the two blue balls which detach by removing the spring clips and simply popping out of the sockets (white on the left and black underneath)
7. Time to remove the front centre console section. (this should probably be done before instruction 6 as access to the bolts is easier.
Firstly pull down the driver's footwell cover:
Remove the two pull pins on the passenger's side of the console, in the footwell (just hold the plastic trim at the furthest front part in the footwell and pull the console out towards the door - the two pull pins will pop out).
On the drivers side remove the one pull pin, furthest front (same as on the passenger's side) and then remove two nuts with pop-off covers; both to be found in the plastic trim in the footwell near to the leather padding.
Once all clips are removed, cover the handbrake with a towel to protect it from scratches. Then with moderate force, pull the entire front section of trim towards you and work it up and over the handbrake. I found it easier to release the handbrake first, so ensure you wedge the tires if you're parked on a slant!
8. Ok... here comes the most difficult part, where I almost lost my fingers and obtained a fair number of cuts and scratches!
Disconnecting the gear cables and removing the shifter unit:
The two silver parts in the photo below, with yellow spots on, are the cable connectors which need to be disconnected from the selector unit.
These are held in place by the black plastic twist-connectors marked with a green spot, seen more clearly in the image below.
There is one of these each side, connected to the socket connectors disconnected in instruction 6. The black plastic part, marked with the green spot, must be twisted anticlockwise (as you face towards the front of the car). These are both sprung loaded so they kept slipping back to their original position... however, with
Perseverance you are able to twist these as far as they will go and whilst they are at 'full twist' you must pull them out of the slot of the shifter unit.
Once these are released, the shifter unit can be removed completely leaving the cables exposed:
The photo below shows the black twist-lock connectors more clearly
9. Time to fit the Mugen Quickshift. Below are the two units, on the left is the Honda OEM unit and the other is the Mugen. Parts appear to be identical other than the length of the threaded stick.
The image below is out of perspective, but it does still demonstrate the difference in length of the sticks, if perhaps a little
Fitting the Mugen QS is the exact reverse of removal of the OEM part. The cable connectors must be twisted the same to fit into the QS unit.
The image below shows the new QS unit fitted with the ball and socket joints reconnected and the three bolts replaced.
10. Replacement of Centre consoles and interior trim: this is also the exact reverse of the removal instructions.
I hope this is found to be helpful and not too long winded. It is a straight forward procedure, once you have worked out how to remove individual parts. This took me just over 2 hours, but now I think it would only take about an hour. Sorry if the iPhone photos aren't up to standard.
Good luck to all you fellow Mugenholics!
N.B - I am yet to drive the car sufficiently to give a review! Also I haven't fitted my Mugen Knob yet as I want to feel the difference!
- Thanks very much to TH3DOCTOR for assisting with instruction for removing the centre console - helped a great deal!
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