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Old 06-28-2010, 08:28 PM   #61
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Since I shortened it, the throws arent near as far as they were. With moving the cable mount up an inch, the slop going front to back isnt as obvious, however the side to side is still there, just not as bad.

All in all it tightened it up, and shortened the throws. The only down side is that it takes more effort to shift now, which isnt a problem for me.
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:19 AM   #62
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I will have to try this out. Thanks
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Going to do this myself. Just wish I knew how to rethread the shaft and I would shorten the stock shaft also.
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Old 06-30-2010, 03:39 AM   #64
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Now will this put stress on my linkage to the tranny? or possibly bend anything since the angle is changed?
i looked thru all the threads but no one has put anything in there about that.

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No, it should only put a little more stress in you. It will take a little more effort to get it into gear and move it around, but its nothing severe.

The linkage to your tranny is like a cable, so its pretty flexible.

As far as rethreading it, you need to find a 12 x 1.25mm die. then get a die handle, and then just a little bit of oil, and you're good to go on rethreading your shifter. All of that stuff should be able to be found at o'reillys. Those guys would probably walk you through how to do it.

Just remember that youre going to have to remove your reverse lockout if its an 2002.5 or newer focus, and to get it as short as I did, you will also have to remove quite a bit of plastic that sits beneth the shifter. The only piece I saved was the piece that the shifter boot wraps around. (which I cut down)

Since I work in a metallurgical testing lab, Abrasive saws and taps and dies were already availiable to me. But I imagine a little determination and a hack saw should get it cut off if you choose to go that route.

Just remember to measure twice and cut once!
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Yeah it's a lot stiffer but I have no probs with the shifting. I like it Better this way it gives it a better feel. This is def a good mod
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No, it should only put a little more stress in you. It will take a little more effort to get it into gear and move it around, but its nothing severe.

The linkage to your tranny is like a cable, so its pretty flexible.

As far as rethreading it, you need to find a 12 x 1.25mm die. then get a die handle, and then just a little bit of oil, and you're good to go on rethreading your shifter. All of that stuff should be able to be found at o'reillys. Those guys would probably walk you through how to do it.

Just remember that youre going to have to remove your reverse lockout if its an 2002.5 or newer focus, and to get it as short as I did, you will also have to remove quite a bit of plastic that sits beneth the shifter. The only piece I saved was the piece that the shifter boot wraps around. (which I cut down)

Since I work in a metallurgical testing lab, Abrasive saws and taps and dies were already availiable to me. But I imagine a little determination and a hack saw should get it cut off if you choose to go that route.

Just remember to measure twice and cut once!
Thanks for the info. No O'Reillys around here that I know of. I don't think I want to bother hacking.

I did the mod on my 2010. I like it. No lockout on the 2010. Posting pics of my encouter in a new thread so 2008+ can find pics without reading through pages of thread. Thanks again. +1
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A link to my experience on my 2010. http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=235055 Seriously, thank you guys for your how-to threads.
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i did this before i got my short throw.. it works, but to make it feel shorter it rubs, kinda pointless in my opinion..
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Zetec interloper checking in to say thanks to the OP and to nemesis for their work on this mod.

I stumbled on this thread and decided to give it a try. 20 minutes of work, and a 5 minute test drive that turned into half an hour later, I was very pleased. Throws are a little shorter, and shift effort is a bit higher, but I like that slightly notchy feeling.

Well done!

PS- for the trimming around the shift boot, wire cutters and a little muscle will do the trick, too.
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