Its no secret that Honda and Acura shifters are regarded as some of the best in auto land. So a company that offers aftermarket shift components for Civics and Integras is either really stupid or really savvy about what its doing. B&M falls into the latter category.
The company has approached Honda shifter improvements with two products: the Shift Stabilizer System and the Edge short-throw shift lever. The Shift Stabilizer System consists of CNC aluminum shift-rod mounts that replace the factory rubber pieces. Besides reducing flex, the mounts allow custom positioning of the shift lever either forward or backward in relation to your hand.
The B&M shift lever differs from the stock unit in a couple of ways. The first is that the B&M Edge shifter is straight rather than bent, which is said to give better leverage than stock. The second alteration is a counterbalanced bottom; the extra few ounces are designed to provide a more direct and accurate shift.
Normally, weight is not something you want to add to a vehicle, but in this particular instance, weight is good. We installed both the B&M Edge shifter and the Shift Stabilizer System in a 1994 Integra. Right after the installation process (when our impressions of the stock shifter were freshest), we found that the B&M shifters throws were definitely shorter. The action required a bit more effort, but the result was a more positive feel.
Does this sound like something you'd like to have on your car? Well, follow along as we detail the installation of both the Edge shifter and the Shift Stabilizer System.