First off nothing actually exploded. I just thought it would get more attention and I think people may want to know about this. I installed an ebay short shifter about 8 months ago. When I installed it I was skeptical that it would hold together, but researched and found that many others have had no problems. I was on a road trip visiting family and noticed the something felt different when shifting gears. Here in washington we are having unseasonably warm weather and I had the windows down and while stopped at stop light I heard grinding metal noised when shifting gears. The snap ring on the shifter is all that is holding it in place, and it had come off. So I carefully drove home and disassembled everything. I found the problem and put the snap ring back on, however before putting it back in the car I tested it out and every time I was able to make the snap ring come loose. What happens is the snap ring contacts the white plastic piece that the shifter pivots on and then expands and slides out of the groove, the the whole shaft drops to the heat shield. So I swapped the stock shifter back in and now it when I row through the gears it reminds me of using a big bow saw. Here are some pictures of the shifter, shaft, and snap ring. I think going back to the stock shifter is going to drive me crazy, so with my tax return I am going to splurge for a TMW short shifter, or some other name brand that will not fall apart.