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Old 12-30-2006, 05:56 PM   #1
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I installed my short throw shifter today

Well, I woke up at 11 this morning and it seemed like a good day to install my Steeda short throw shifter. I got it for Xmas from my girlfriend and she wanted to help me install it. SO I pulled the SVT in the garage and set up my work bench on the washing machine lol..then I set up my laptop next to it.

I tossed the directions that came with the shifter because they were pathetic. So I came on here and summoned the help of WD40's STS how-to thread.

Since my hands were caked in grease about half way through, my girl opened all the pictures and read all the procedures for me. It took me about an hour and 15 minutes to do the whole thing because I had to ghetto rig my dads crappy selection of tools....but I finished it with plenty of time to drive to Starbucks, my girls house, home to shower, and all the way out to the coast for work at 3.

All in all, this was a very very easy installation...probably easier than the transmission mount.

When I finished up the installation and put my car back together, I went for a cruise around the block.

At first I noticed that when I put my car in reverse, there was about a centimeters worth of jamming the shifter to the left. Now keep in mind I have the counter-weight removed, so it IS a little bit easier to run through the gears and to get my car into reverse..I highly recommend this to anyone...but anyways, I put it in first and I noticed it was a good amount shorter, but also much more solid and stiff in its gate...meaning there was hardly any play in first gear. BUt when I put it into second is when I REALLy noticed how short the throw is. It is shorter from first to second than the stock shifter was from first to neutral!! I took it up to DSI level and then jammed it into second. I can usually not chirp my tires going into second, but this time the shift was so quick that my tires chirped a little bit. Into third was the same deal...almost instantaneous.

Then on my way to work I took my car down the onramp and I noticed from first all the way through fourth that my car felt more stable since my heavy ass arm wasn't throwing all my weight into the steering wheel.

It is quite literally a flick of the wrist to go from gear to gear.

I HIGHLY recommend this part...which was bought for under 70 bucks SHIPPED FROM northcoast to anybody. The transmission mount, clutch pedal position sensor mod, and shift counterweight removal combined with the short throw shifter have really made my car feel like it's a porsche.

I am thinking about doing some ROyal Purple transmission fluid at some point, but I need to fix my foglight first.

My tune is on its way from Turbo Tom, and I'll make a decent writeup when I receive it.


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Old 12-30-2006, 06:54 PM   #2
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I installed mine today too, weird.
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:32 PM   #3
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I have nothing to compare with... other than my old ZX3.

My SVT came with the Steeda/Ford Racing STS... I LOVE IT!!!!

I am still debating the counterweight removal, but everyone says it is worth it, so I may just have to. If I don't like it at least it is reversable.

PS I too bought a Diablo Tune from Tom... I cant wait!
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What's the counterweight removal all about. I haven't heard about that.

With the new shifter, is it easier or more difficult to accidently put it in reverse than stock?
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:47 PM   #5
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I took mine and modified it a little bit by bending the top half to the left. I was having to sorta reach to get it into fifth, now when i go into reverse the shifter is about hitting my leg but its a ton better then havin to stretch.

Turbo, you and I are bout on the same page with everthin, i just fixed my foglight just a few weeks ago and now i'm thinkin about some royal purple tranny fluid.
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:49 PM   #6
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i have the shifter with the royal purple and it is great like butter. You will love it i wish i had the rear mount though to complete the package.
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get the cfm sts with weight removal and royal shifting is so clean and short I could chirp my tires @ 4k if I shirt fast enough but the cfm sts is the shortest when I 1st used it I didn't kno if I was in gear or neutral I really can't even drive a regular car anymore lmao
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I HIGHLY recommend this part...which was bought for under 70 bucks SHIPPED FROM northcoast to anybody. The transmission mount, clutch pedal position sensor mod, and shift counterweight removal combined with the short throw shifter have really made my car feel like it's a porsche.
can you post a link to this. I've looked on nthcoast.com but all I see is the ford racing STS that is $84.99.
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Royal purple tranny fluid will go in my car sometime next week. It feels great right now, but it is still about as notchy as it was before. It feels awesome...almost like a ferrari's shifter feels, but it's not a ferrari and it's my every day driver so the smoother the better.

Cayres: The mount makes a huge difference in the way your car drives. It lets you shift and accelerate much quicker through the gears.

FF4: The counterweight is a chunk of metal that sits near the airbox in the engine bay. It is connected to the shifter cables and pushes when they push. Basically, removing it involves taking out the airbox and unscrewing one bolt. It makes the shifter much lighter to push, and also notchier. I prefer with it off but that is probably subjective. Search for "how-to counterweight removal". It takes about 10 minutes to complete. Reverse is about the same to get into. As long as you don't apply too much pressure to the left you should never accidentally go into reverse. Shifting, no matter how fast, should be a very smooth process. If you're jerky with it, you will skip/miss/grind gears.

Chippy: Your car sounds pimp! Do you have the EAP? I really like the look of the '04 non EAP wheels and, though I love my Recaros, I am really fond of the color scheme of black and red on non EAPs. 5th and 6th seem like they're further away than the other 4.5 gears, but now with the new shifter, they feel much much closer. That is a good idea to bend it towards you a little bit. I have also thought about changing out the shift knob. The stock one looks tight as hell but..I think it's a little skimpy.
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can you post a link to this. I've looked on nthcoast.com but all I see is the ford racing STS that is $84.99.
Locate the number on the website, call, and ask for Todd. Tell him you're a member on FF and you want the discount. He will hook you up!
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