@Daox How much was the bottom part of the shaft lengthened by? What was the diameter (preferably metric but I can convert from imperial) of the shaft? I ask these two questions because I'm thinking of doing this mod but instead of shortening the top end of the shaft, I was thinking of just lengthening the bottom by cutting it and inserting the same diameter piece of rod for the extra length. It would still be two welds but I'm thinking that maybe shortening the top end might be too much. I'm interested how the test run comes out. Is the axis on the shift rod fixed? I would assume so but was wondering if there were a way to unfasten it and slide it up or down to adjust and then re-fasten it.