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Old 11-26-2007, 09:19 PM   #91
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You know Khanaar, you may think that autos are slow or maybe not made for tuning or whatever but here's a point to note:

The MTX you use is the same transmission I use EXCEPT mine (ATX) is beefed up to handle more torque - no joke. HMM. Torque is what takes you off the line and I know my 2.3L Duratec will haul my [:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)] away from the line alot quicker than your stock 2.0L Zetec - even if mine was stock - so why are you worried about those of us who put a shift knob on an auto? It's not like we are doing it to "look like a manual". It's to "look like a nice car". Transmission type doesn't matter so much as the driver and their performance parts.

B&M makes a "Short Throw Shifter" specifically for Ford automatics (4,5, and 6 speeds) so... I almost bought it but it was $100.00 and my T-handle + shift boot (both from B&M) totaled $40.00 and looked more modern in my opinion.

B&M says: "Key benefits: Control - The installation of a B&M shifter greatly improves the driving experience. Having the ability to manually shift through the gears allows the driver to maximize the engines power curve..."

Oh, nice wheels btw.

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Old 11-26-2007, 09:41 PM   #92
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who's dissing automatics because I'll take them to the track ;-)
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:20 PM   #93
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automatic cars are slow. my focus is a ' pig on acceleration. in the quarter mile, my slushbox only bested 18.1 seconds, a stock manual zetec got 17.2.

still a useless mod that looks very... wrong.
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:46 PM   #94
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The key words would be "Your slushbox" you can mod the hell out of most atx's.

That short shifter looks sharp as hell man good job getting that ugly factory piece of shit out of the car!
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:47 PM   #95
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Focuses are slow. 18.1-17.2 1/4 mile is hardly anything to brag about on either hand. Automatic cars aren't slow, they just have more drivetrain loss. Once that is compensated for, I assure you, I've won many many races and you know when I pull? When they're shifting from 2-3 and I'm still slamming through 2nd gear. We, as automatic drivers, have many advantages over the mtx that is often neglected.

I'd hardly compare 17.2 and 18.1 as a measure of "slow" and ??? "fast"
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:55 PM   #96
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STOCK automatic cars are a little slower than manual cars. My engine and tranny are tuned, thus making the shifts much firmer and way faster shifting. Add some bolt on's to get it breathing right, then get it tuned, and you won't think so poorly of your automatic.
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:45 AM   #97
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I'm not even calling 17.2 fast, by no means. There were some GMC Syclones there pullin 10 secs. those were awesome.
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Old 11-27-2007, 07:49 AM   #98
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All MTX guys who don't think ATX's are for tuning should REALLY check out the BMRacing.com website. Especially the Transmission and Torque Converter sections. If you still don't think they should be tuned then you are just obstinate and think you're somehow better than us...although when I flew past I don't know how many people - not just focus' - that had manuals they didn't seem any better.
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Old 11-27-2007, 08:29 AM   #99
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LOL, all the people who think their focus is more of a sports car somehow because they got a 5-speed need to think with their head. It gets 30 mpg and is $10,000. Stop crying people. The stock shifter is fugly as hell and 10 feet tall, a new knob isn't. That's all this is about.
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Yeah, seriously how did this turn into a fast and not fast thread? I cut min a couple weeks ago. They're so tall stock you can barely squeeze a pop between it and your leg while driving
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