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Old 08-17-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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MK3 Short shifter and solid bushings.

Today, I shortened the shifter in my Focus by 1 1/4 inch and installed "Solid base bushing shifter that I had on my ST. Makes a great difference. The shifting effort is slightly augmented and the feeling is solid.

I used James Barone Racing aluminium bushing, which are quality and inexpensive.

http://www.jamesbaroneracing.com/sho...roducts_id=593


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Old 08-17-2014, 07:25 PM   #2
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You should wrote a "how to" with pictures
How do you shortened the shifter? Did you saw off the stick?
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You should wrote a "how to" with pictures
How do you shortened the shifter? Did you saw off the stick?

I'm not really a 'how to" type of guy on an English forum since my first language is French. An "how to" is really not necessary. It is a pretty easy thing to do but if you want, I can find all the information you need about doing this modification and help you doing it.
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Old 08-18-2014, 08:04 AM   #4
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Good morning Kent, Your post yesterday is amazingly timely to my upcoming project.

Were there any fitment problems with the solid base bushings, or was it an easy replacement? How would you judge the quality of the original bushings?

Many thanks, Kent.
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Good morning Kent, Your post yesterday is amazingly timely to my upcoming project.

Were there any fitment problems with the solid base bushings, or was it an easy replacement? How would you judge the quality of the original bushings?

Many thanks, Kent.

No, they fit perfectly, like they were fitting on the ST. It is a very easy replacement (if you have some basic mechanical habilities) and they are no fittement issues. The original bushings are rubber so they take "that feeling" away. I cutted 1 1/4 inch, I would recomend going 1 1/2 or 1 3/4, not more.

This, combined with the E-Focus RMM and my car does not feel like a semi anymore.

The center console is tricky to un-assemble the first time around, but it was my 4th time so it took me 15 minutes to un-assemble the console, 10 mins removing the shifter, 1.5 hour un-assembling it, re-threading it and re-assembling it. and 30 minutes to put the car back together.
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I'm not really a 'how to" type of guy on an English forum since my first language is French. An "how to" is really not necessary. It is a pretty easy thing to do but if you want, I can find all the information you need about doing this modification and help you doing it.
Go ahead...I will translate it for you hehehehe
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