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Old 05-09-2005, 05:37 PM   #121
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Wd I gotta say you talked me into buying it and installing it which I did on Sat while on shift.

And for those of you considering it trust me it's worth it..

All I need now is the engine mount. Thanks for the great pics..
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Old 05-27-2005, 06:19 PM   #122
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Just ordered mine! The UPS dude cannot get here quick enough...
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Old 06-03-2005, 03:55 AM   #123
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I couldn't wait to install it in the morning...so, it's 3:45am here in Hammond, La...and JohnMichael has a new STS! Whee-HOO! Installation was a breeze, and I can already feel the shorter, crisper throws. I haven't taken it out on the road yet, I mean...hey, I gotta leave SOmething for the morning, right?

Man, WD40, thanks so much for the great walk-through...the instructions I got look like they were taken with the world's first camera, they looked horrible. Anyways, I got the install done with no problems, and I shall post pics soon enough!

Rock on, and thanks again!
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Old 06-26-2005, 04:42 AM   #124
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Short shift modifications.
My previous experience of using this modification on a ford escort rs2000 (UK) is that you get a vibration noise through the gear stick itself after modification, is this the case with the SVT mod as well? I have a St170 in the UK, thinking of buying the kit but cant stand the noise of the stick.
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Old 06-28-2005, 08:30 AM   #125
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Nope, nothing of that sort happened with me...just smooth shifts that get better with a little breaking-in. Crisper, shorter throws feel oh so much better!
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:37 PM   #126
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Thanks for the write up on the rear mount and the shifter, those are 2 rather inexpensive upgrades that will fix the few "feel" issues I have with the car!.
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Old 09-16-2005, 10:24 AM   #127
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Mine is sitting on my desk right now, UPS just dropped it off. I'll install it tomorrow morning and post my thoughts, but I'm sure I'll wish I did it a year ago.

I had previously installed a B&M Edge short shifter in my Eclipse GSX and that made a huge difference in shifting feel and accuracy. This piece looks less complex (probably due to the application more than the actual part design) But sometimes, less is more.
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Old 09-16-2005, 10:56 AM   #128
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actually if you compare it to the design of the stock one you will see it is quote a different design.
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Old 09-16-2005, 01:55 PM   #129
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UPDATE REVISITED

Hey all. It's been a while since I have read this thread and man, has it ever grown! No doubt the original post by WD40 will remain a great reference for a long time.

I just noticed a few people, a few months back, had issues with the increased reach to get to 3rd and 5th. I didn't take the time to look back through all 11+ pages of the thread, but i think i posted in this thread after installing mine about the mod I made to the Steeda shifter to get at this issue.

So, anyway, just felt like posting it again, since the thread is getting so long. I did put a bend in mine - right after I installed it, I didn't like the reach, so I bent mine right away. I didn't use any torch or heat - simply laid the shifter across 2 2x4s set on edge and pounded it with a 2lb hammer - worked great and with no heat, I doubt I fatigued it at all - think of it as cold forging :) I put a slight bend in it - probably 5-8 degrees backwards and 2 degrees towards the drivers side. This combination angle was on purpose and man, the shifter is absoultely perfect now.

Be forwarned though, if you get too much bend towards the drivers side, it gets really close to your leg for reverse - so, just err on the side of a straight backwards bend with maybe just a tich to the drivers side. I just laid it across the 2x4s and held it as if I was going to create a straight backwards bend, then rotated is just slightly so that it would be compound backwards and to the drivers side. Just think it through for a minute or two before you start pounding it and it will be perfect too. The only other thing I can add is to keep the 2x4s pretty close together, this way you get a nice, tight, focused (no pun....) bend, rather than a sloppy bend over the length of the entire stick. A heavy hammer is best because it helps create the more focused bend. Pine 2x4s work great - didn't marr the stick one bit and they allow the stick to sink in to the wood a bit which holds it in place. The hammer might marr the surface but it was really nothing. I tend to be pretty perfectionistic too, and it didn't bother me at all - no big deal there.

A worth while mod to the mod, IMHO. Like I said, the stick is basically perfect now. Good luck!
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I installed the STS last night and it was quite simple. I'd probably give it a 1 out of 5 on a scale of difficulty.

The only thing I noticed is that this walkthrough didn't really apply to me since I don't have the heated seats or traction control switchbank on my center console. This meant I had to remove the entire center console, which was only held in by 2 screws, 3 nutes, and a single wiring connector (auxilery 12v power outlet).

I'm suprised by now much the action is reduced in all directions by the simple design. It reminds me a lot more of how my Eclipse shifts with the B&M kit in it.
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