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Old 07-16-2011, 10:37 AM   #51
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I just received my Steeda short shifter today! I was wondering if anyone can give me a link from this forum as to the specific installation instructions for the 2008 Focus?. I have found other models install instructions but so far none for the 2008 specifically. THANKS!
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:37 PM   #52
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I was surprised just how easy the Tri-Ax/F Short Throw Shifter installed in my car!. It took 20 minutes to take apart the factory stuff and install the new shifter!.( this was no small task for a old man that cant even tie his shoes if I can do it ANYONE CAN) (note) I did NOT have to remove the center console just the shift boot for the installation. I cant believe the difference between the factory shifter and the Steeda! its like night and day!. The transmission shifts like butter no binding or slotiness at all. The car shifts much more efficiently without the RPM drops I had when clutching and shifting the factory one. It finds the next gear all by itself all I do is flick my wrist against the knob in the general direction and BAM! its done! This is the shifter that Ford should have put in the 08 Focus at the factory!. I highly recommend this for the 08!. NOW WHERE IS MY WALKER!http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l108/matsukes/DSCF0605.jpghttp://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l1...s/DSCF0612.jpg
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:44 PM   #53
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Yet another manual trans lover here among the 2nd Gen owners. The factory molded plastic shift knob wasn't feeling good, though, so I replaced it with this Mustang leather-wrapped item:



Looks like it should have come as part of the SES trim, and feels much better!
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My wife's 08' was special ordered from the factory with a 5-speed.....and other options. :) Agree 100% they ones sitting on the dealer lots were all autos!
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My wife's 08' was special ordered from the factory with a 5-speed.....and other options. :) Agree 100% they ones sitting on the dealer lots were all autos!
You will be glad you did this! the autos suck! Many reported problems and low mileage fails!
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:51 AM   #56
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I got my 08 Coupe with 23K on it. About to turn 40K this weekend or tomorrow. Doing great except for a bad third syncro.
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That’s a fairly common weakness in MTX75s. The one in my roomie’s Cougar will grind third gear if shifted in anger. So far (39K miles), no problem with mine.
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Anyone have an installation guide /w pictures for the Steeda STS in an 08+?
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:22 PM   #59
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I got my 08 Coupe with 23K on it. About to turn 40K this weekend or tomorrow. Doing great except for a bad third syncro.
Odd, I got my CSVT with around 80k ok it and I pounded another 100k on it with a 3l and a torsen and my third just started grinding... I went through 2 stage 3 clutches too!
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^Yea mine went when it was raining and I decided to try and burn through third, it didnt work. All I got was a stop and then a nice crunch, grind, crunch. Y
ea ever since then she hasnt taken to hard third shifts anymore. all because of me, not the car.
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