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Old 10-02-2010, 12:38 PM   #71
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Just tried it on mine and the difference was very slight. Not so much that I wanted to keep it modified. I think I will just save my $$$$ and go with the Steeda kit. Theory is sound however.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:29 AM   #72
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I hate how every STS is so short, I want one that is as tall as the stock shifter, with just a shorter throw.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:38 PM   #73
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ill throw my back out trying to shift with it that short lol we drive focus' not sports cars. have you ever sat in the cockpit of a nice sportscar? its sits lower, and the shifter is closer to you, and STS looks good on them. Like my friends RX-8, he has a STS on his, and it looks incredible, and feels great to shift. If i were to get STS on my car, i would strain to reach down and shift it too much since the seats are so high on focus' but thats just my 2 cents. feel free to rebuttle.
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Old 10-08-2010, 12:01 AM   #74
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An STS in a Focus is not going to "throw you back out". You can still be very comfortable in your seat.
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If anything I'd like the shifter higher, but with short throws. It should be close to the steering wheel, not on the floor.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:56 AM   #76
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i see what youre saying..but different strokes different folks!
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:27 PM   #77
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thanks guys! Just finished this mod on my 05 zx4 st. Easy to complete with great results.
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:45 PM   #78
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last year we cut the shifter shaft down and put a old honda shift knob on
it felt good closer shifts but i always wanted a closer shift so i gave this a try today and i must say i love it one of the best mods ive done and its free!
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:14 PM   #79
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Does this actually work? Will it damage anything?
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:37 PM   #80
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I shortened my shifted by sawing off 2-3 inches of the shift tower and retapping with a 12-1.25 tap from Murray's and threaded the stock shift knob back on. Also deleted the reverse lockout by removing it from the unit. Cost was 5 bucks, no problems after 2 years. Of course that was on my 2000, but I'm sure its the same concept for you.

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