I've been experimenting with different elements of the shift components trying to get a better feel. There has been a lot of forum members discussing different things you can do, so now that I have fiddled around with them a bit I thought I'd share my experiences.
First of all I tried to remove my linkage counterweight which a lot of people said would give a better feel. After this the shifter felt much lighter which was nice, but whenever I would shift (especially quickly) it felt like there was a barrier going through the neutral zone. Not good. Wungun then suggested I try a weight shifter, so when TWM Performance had a cyber Monday sale I bought an "A6 Leopard" shift knob with a Satin finish.
Much, much better. The the TWM knob felt so much better than the stock one and the extra weight helped me get past that "neutral gate", or whatever you want to call it. Yet I still wasn't totally satisfied. There was still more difficulty shifting gears then I wanted. I had read about people drilling out the counterweight and reinstalling washers to add back half the weight. So I reinstalled the counterweight except with about third of the weight.
At this point I noticed the white nylon square on the counterweight arm was completely worn through in the middle. I called Steve at Tousley and he said they can't really get any parts for Getrag. In order to solve this I got a stick of Delrin and had it drilled out in order to make a sleeve which goes over the rod which goes through the counterweight arm. Here is a picture of what I ended up with:
I needed to get rid of the shavings and trim the pin but you get the idea.
I should also mention that there were some wires which were interfering with my shift linkage, counter weight, etc... so I made sure to use cable ties to get them up and out of the way.
This made it much better. At this point I was flying through gears and it felt great! Still... one has to ask the question... could it be even better?!?! Yes. Yes it can.
SHARPMACHINE was talking about creating a brass slider to replace the nylon one. Here is the thread:
My little nylon one was completely worn through on one side. So I created an aluminum one to replace it. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures before I reinstalled everything. I took it out for a test drive today and it really helped firm things up and helped the smoothness of the shifts from 2nd to 3rd and 4th to 5th. Awesome.
I don't know if this will be of any help to anyone but I thought I'd try to pitch in.