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Old 07-02-2012, 12:11 AM   #111
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Apparently all it needed was more vigorous sanding
You ain't kiddin'

I spent about an hour sanding before it was enough to get the bastard on.

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God i hate retention springs. I think i need an additional set of hands here. Who would had thought the bracket would be the easy part?
You are right compared to the bracket though, that stupid spring made the bracket look like a cake walk.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:36 AM   #112
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What exactly are we sanding???
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:19 AM   #113
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What exactly are we sanding???
The surface oh the plate that the linkage connects to in the engine bay. you install the new steeda bracket right next to where the stock one is. the part is precision engineered to be nice and snug so the surface needs to be smoothed to get the new bracket flush.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:53 AM   #114
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The surface oh the plate that the linkage connects to in the engine bay. you install the new steeda bracket right next to where the stock one is. the part is precision engineered to be nice and snug so the surface needs to be smoothed to get the new bracket flush.
Yes, and for those who removed the battery and intake, it shouldn't cause you too much strain. It just takes time.

However, I did this newmission's way and didn't remove anything. While I think overall it was a MUCH shorter job, bending over and reaching to sand a part you can't even really see puts a strain on a few body parts after a while.

I'm also probably exaggerating my sanding time. I think it was more like a half hour max. Eventually you should be able to slide the bracket on most of the way and then tighten the two screws enough to pull it to the proper position.


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I've had my shifter on a couple of weeks now and the feel has improved greatly. It was a bit sluggish, with a lack of crispness at first, but I was just realizing today, it's become a nice clean shift now.

I had to use a c-clamp to squeeze the Steeda adapter bracket over the stock linkage, and then elongate the beefier of the two holes on the hold down plate to install the allen screws.

The only unsolvable problem I had, was getting the shifter lollipop off the stock linkage. I CAREFULLY tried every center punch, Phillips head screwdriver, pry tool combo I had, NO DICE! I finally just two hand popped it off.

I'm taking the car to Willow Springs this Sunday, and letting her rip, so we will see!
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Oh boy that was fun. I don't know how you guys could get your hands in there without removing the air box and battery. I have know idea what the punch, phillips screwdriver does for ya cause it didn't do diddly. I just pryed it off. Very minimal sanding to get bracket on fit was nice and snug like it should be. So far so good. Still have to do the inside work yet.
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Oh boy that was fun. I don't know how you guys could get your hands in there without removing the air box and battery. I have know idea what the punch, phillips screwdriver does for ya cause it didn't do diddly. I just pryed it off. Very minimal sanding to get bracket on fit was nice and snug like it should be. So far so good. Still have to do the inside work yet.
I put the trans into 2nd gear which gave me the best access (could see most of the linkage) and just reached down in the space between the engine and battery.

Odd the phillips didn't do anything for a few of you. It took a little effort (at an off angle because I didn't remove anything) but it popped off second try.
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Yeah i was able to pry it off no problems with nothing but a flathead actually.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:27 AM   #119
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Well after the test ride last night, I really like the way it shifts. Also with the MS3 motor mount everything seems more connected and solid. Now I just have to get that shift knob finished and installed. Or just order the cool colored Blox one.

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Guys, feel free to post up reviews of your shifter on the product page. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated. :)

http://www.steedafocus.com/parts/201...w-shifter.html
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