You're pretty much right on, but is the SS worth those short throws? Would a shorter throw actually decrease shifting time? Would it be harmfull to the tranny in any way? I believe there has to be a draw back to the SS otherwise Toyota would've included it on the Celica and other cars. Figure it...Replace a longer lever w/a shorter one, money in the pocket for Toyota on costs alone. Replace rubber with polyurethane, money in Toyota's pocket (I don't need to get into that). Quicker selection of gears, money in the pocket of Toyota for marketing. I could slam may stock shifter and work the clutch to land in lift ever gear and spin the tires up till 3rd. I'm also asking would a stock shifter and bushings be more precise and more effortless than a SS? You helped a lot already. More on your part or any one else would be great.
Actually, the stock shifter in the Celica has a "shorter" throw compared to most other manual cars.
And there are a few drawbacks that come with having a SS.
One is, shifting becomes more crisp, and more vibration can be felt in the shifter. This is a drawback for some people, but I could care less.
Also, since the throws are shorter and quicker, there is a greater chance that you could select the wrong gear. This might be the reason that most car companies don't install them stock, because people may blame a blown engine on a SS that they may not have wanted in the first place. That's just a theory though.
Also, I remember reading that assloads of people with 2000 Celicas and other years with the close shift gates started blowing their engines and messing up their trannys due to the fact that they were mis-shifting from 5th to 2nd. And it just wasn't a few people. Hundreds and hundreds. You pretty much have to be retarded to try and go from 5th to 4th, and hit 2nd by mistake. I mean, 4th is straight down, and 2nd is over and down. I don't see how people could do this, but who knows. That's one of the reasons they revamped the shift gates. Adding a short shifter to the equation would just increase the number of mis-shifts.
I have a 2000 with close gates and a short shifter, and have never mis-shifted like that before. I have on occasion accidentally gone from neutral to 3rd while trying to hit 1st, but that was only because I learned to drive a stick on the Celica. Now, the shift gates seem wider than ever.