Short shifter - Focus Fanatics
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace



Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus First Generation > DURATEC Performance (2003-2007)

DURATEC Performance (2003-2007) The place to chat about any Duratec 23, 23E, and 20 engine performance, tuning and exhaust related upgrades.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-29-2004, 11:09 PM   #1
cdpzevzx3
Focus Enthusiast
 
cdpzevzx3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Fan#: 10690
Location: Tampa Florida, FL
What I Drive: 2004 Cd Silver 2.3l zx3

Posts: 222
FF Reputation: 1 cdpzevzx3 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Exclamation Short shifter

A few questions. One what would you use to chop a shifter. A hack saw? Also when you chop it can you take off the reverse lockout or do you need a short shifter for that? Thanks


__________________


Team Duratec #813
cdpzevzx3 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-30-2004, 12:19 AM   #2
dudemanzx3
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Fan#: 2698
Location: Iwakuni Japan (from San Diego)
What I Drive: 03' Poop White ZX3 2.3L/ 90' Pigeon Grey Camry Wagon

Posts: 466
FF Reputation: 1 dudemanzx3 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I would use a grinder to cut it, and I also believe you have to take out the reverse lock in order to do it so it would get rid of it. Of course I haven't done this before either.
__________________
"Don‘t C-walk unless you know how!"
Mods:
Marcy CAI
Custom Magnaflow catback exh w/ 2.5 inch piping
dudemanzx3 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2004, 04:03 PM   #3
Foci_Fosho
Focus Fanatic
 
Foci_Fosho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Fan#: 5736
Location: Fremont, Ca
What I Drive: 2003 White zx3 2.3L

Posts: 4,805
FF Reputation: 16 Foci_Fosho Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (6)
I cut my shifter. I took off the knob and boot. Then placed a plastic grocery bag with a hole in the center over the stick. (this prevents metal shavings from entering under where the shifter boot would have been)

Using a hacksaw, i chopped it 2 1/4 inches and removed the reverse-lock mechanism by snipping the plastic pieces on each side, then unpopping the cable that's attached to the front of the stick, the reverse lock slides out and there's a tiny block that comes out with it. (it's the plastic block that prevents you from getting into reverse with the reverse-lock in place)

I didn't rethread the shaft because i had a new shift-knob that uses 3 allen screws. Buy one like this and you won't have any problems. after you set each screw in place, tighten one at a time While rotating the knob. This will make a tight little groove in the shaft so you will never fear your knob enclosed by your fist making a fast motion as to punch your radio while slamming into 3rd gear...
Foci_Fosho is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2004, 05:44 PM   #4
mustang2focus82
Focus Enthusiast
 
mustang2focus82's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Fan#: 8223
Location: O harbor, wa
What I Drive: 2006 Grnd Touring Z

Posts: 460
FF Reputation: 1 mustang2focus82 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I just did the shortshifter mod myself. It works like a charm. I used a hacksaw. Expect to be going at it for a while if your using a hacksaw. I also used a 1/2" tap/die to rethread the shaft and put the stock knob on. Im glad i dont have that reverse lockout thing anymore. Whats the point of it anyways? Im a stickshifter noob and even i dont go into reverse by accident. Youd have to be pretty dumb to confuse 4th gear for reverse. Not only you dont have to fiddle with that lil mechanism anymore but now you can go out and buy any shifter knob and not worry about it being reverse lockout compatible.
__________________
aka-focus2350z82
mustang2focus82 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Non-reverse lockout short shifter bosengel DURATEC Performance (2003-2007) 5 12-21-2006 01:26 AM
FC short shifter vs. Ford Racing/Steeda svt4chris SVT Performance (2002-2004) 7 06-21-2005 12:33 PM
New Shifter Knob..Killed my short shifter? jb10fan Ford Focus & General Car Chat 16 08-21-2004 01:27 PM
short shifter fezzer0014 ZETEC Performance (2000-2004) 11 04-15-2004 12:21 PM
Which Short Shifter? silverfoci ZETEC Performance (2000-2004) 7 09-15-2003 10:21 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:04 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.