I didn't like the stock T-bar shifter either. Most others sometimes look oversized for the Fiero's console.
I went with an 84 Corvette dark-grey leather wrapped shifter and shortened the steel shaft by 1-inch. The knob matches the dark-grey of the interior. I got a new soft-leather shift boot from Dickman. Sitting on the shelf now because I swapped to a Getrag 5-speed.
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Easiest upgrade I ever did to any of my cars.....replaced the Formula's thumb-button shift knob with one from a GTP swap donor car. 30 seconds, one tool. The GTP knob button is on the front, so it activates with your fingertips in the same smooth pull-back motion used to shift out of park.
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Measure the length you need and mark it then use a tubing cutter to make it an even cut the automatic shaft is hollow. Remember to remove the inner plastic push rod and also cut it to function with the new shift knob. It takes careful planning to make it work right.
I actually have that tool, cut both the same amount? what about where the clip goes in to secure it?
The lengths of the the shifter and rod will depend on the shifter handle you use if you are going to use the stock shifter handle then you can use a hose clamp to guide the saw blade when you re cut the grooves for the clip, just use the same spacing as stock and cut both rod and shifter equally.