It is nowhere near the same. How do I know? The person I bought my Civic from cut and threaded the stock shift rod. So for 3 months I drove my car like that. I then installed a DC Sports short shifter. Difference = day and night, sun and moon, love and hate. When the shifter was cut I still had to use my arm when shifting, with the shorty its all a flick of my wrist. Cutting it may shortent he distance your arm travels, but its doesn't shorten the activation of the gear. Good theory, but wrong.