Joined: Feb 2011
Is this worth the money? - It depends. If you are unhappy with the current shifter then it is definately worth it. If you are happy with the current shifter and don't have any issues missing shifts then it would be a waste of money.
What are some pros/cons from the different brands and set ups? - The pros are more precise shifting. The cons are slight elevation in noise levels. Nothing serious but you will probably notice it.
Are there warranty concerns with replacing the shifter components? - This would be a question for your dealer but I am not aware of any warranty issues simply by replacing the shifte or bracket
I've heard some concerns with noise and heat. I don't want that. - I haven't noticed any problem with heat but you will probably notice increased noise levels as I stated above. If you can't live with that then don't make the move.
Would replacing the shifter make it more or less likely to have issues down the road? - I don' believe that replacing the shifter will prevent or cause any problems down the road.
Having said all of this, if you are not having any problems with your stock shifter I would recommend that you stay with it. Why spend the money to replace something that works fine. Save the cash for some other mod that will enhance your driving experience.
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