Project MKVI Golf TDI: Dieselgeek Sigma 6 Short Throw Shift Kit
In our LAST update we brought the torque and horsepower of our little Golf up 30% and 24% respectively! Before that we sorted out our wheels and suspension. The most glaring problem we had left in our daily driver was the row-boat shifting of the stock 6 speed manual. Installing a short-throw shifter is a very common modification drivers do to improve the interaction with the vehicle and in most cases is fairly easy to do. We looked no further than Dieselgeek, a small company out of San Antonio, Texas and their Sigma 6 short throw shifter kit for our MKVI.
At almost $200 the shifter isn’t the cheapest option available, but it is the most well engineered and uses much higher quality components than competitive offerings or even the factory. The Sigma 6 Shifter does not replace the actual shift lever in the car like many short throw shifters; rather it changes the shifter linkage to modify the throw. The Dieselgeek shifter replaces the plastic and rubber cable ends found in the stock shift linkage which have a lot of slop and flex with all aluminum cable ends and teflon-lined steel spherical pivot bearings.