The Fiat 500 Abarth just hit US streets and already there is a growing list of aftermarket parts available to personalize the the car to one's individual tastes. One popular modification is installing a short shifter. The shifter on the 500 Abarth is the same as the one used in Europe and has a good reputation, however there are aftermarket shifters available that offer an enhanced feel. These typically provide shorter shift lever travel or throw and a more robust feel by the elimination of plastic componentry in the stock shifter.
One of the more popular short shifters sold for the Fiat 500 Abarth is by Craven Speed out of Portland, Oregon. The Craven Speed short shifter for the Fiat 500 Abarth is manufactured with a stainless steel shaft and pivot ball along with machined anodized aircraft aluminum. I recently purchased the Craven Short shifter from 500 Madness and here is how I installed it.
The 500 Abarth's knob is held on with a 10 mm hex head bolt. Remove the bolt.
You can see two of the silver tabs in the console that held the boot down.
The two pieces pop apart. Here is a detail shot on the tabs.
Note: the Fiat 500 uses a similar shifter set up as the Abarth, so this may help those installing a shifter and / or shift boot in that car.
Disclaimer: This documents how I did my install and is provided for entertainment purposes. If you have any doubts on you ability to do this work or have any issues, I recommend having it done by a professional. I am not responsible for any issues arriving from you reading this post. Use at your own risk.
Fiat 500 parts by Craven Speed