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Old 02-14-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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Steeda short shift bracket for 2012 2013 Focus

The Steeda short shift bracket for 2012-2013 Ford Focus is poorly designed. It contacts the transmission side motor mount bracket when attempting to shift to 1st gear - and prevents the transmission from fully engaging first gear. I had to remove a significant amount of material from the Steeda bracket to make it work.

In my first attempt to fix the bracket, I did not remove enough material. When installed, the Steeda bracket was still contacting the motor mount bracket:



With this much material removed, the transmission can fully engage 1st gear without having the Steeda bracket contact the motor mount bracket:




So, those of you already running this bracket, do you have a metallic clank when you shift into first? If so, I expect you are not fully engaging 1st gear, and recommend removing or modifying that bracket before you damage your transmission.

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Now, with all of that out of the way, I do like the shift feel with the bracket installed. I drove an SVTF with the CFM short shifter for the last 5 years or so, so the OE '12 shifter throw just felt a bit unnatural to me. The ~30% reduction in longitudinal throw is a great improvement. Hopefully Steeda (or someone else) will design a bracket which works correctly without modification in the future.

Product link: http://www.steedafocus.com/parts/for...r-bracket.html


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Old 02-14-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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Mellephants,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have provided the link to our engineers to have them take a look at the pictures and see what is taking place.

I can assure you that when Steeda manufactures a product that countless hours of engineering and testing take place before we release a product.

Please give us some time to review the items above and we will be in contact with you shortly.

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Old 02-14-2013, 09:38 PM   #3
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That's odd, I've never heard of that issue before.
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I hear it but never paid attention to it. I have had to try to engage first gear twice in some cases before it felt like it was fully engaged but never really thought anything of it . Thanks for brining this up.
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Mellephants,

Can you please send me more photos so that we can see more details? Our engineering department already looked at the photos and they are pretty sure they know what is taking place. Please email me at tim@steeda.com.

We have sold many of these shifters and this is the first we have heard of this issue.

We are working diligently on our end to help resolve the problem.

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I have been driving it for a day now, and I want to repeat that I really really like the difference this part makes. The shifts feel much more natural.
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I talked to Steeda this morning, and we think the issue may be caused by my OE shift lever having a rough casting - I probably could have filed material off the shift lever instead of the Steeda part to alleviate the issue. However, I would still recommend modifying the Steeda part if you do have this issue, because it is a lot cheaper than a new shift lever.
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Digging up old bones here... but I'm just about to install the bracket so I was doing a little searching first.

I don't understand why you mutilate the bracket and post this on a few forums and even make a youtube video... before contacting the manufacturer.

Then after the factory points out it's some casting slag on the OEM piece that is easily removed... you still recommend grinding half the bracket away?

It's just unfortunately for Steeda that when you google "2012 Focus short shift bracket", the results consist of you bashing them on 3 different websites.
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Digging up old bones here... but I'm just about to install the bracket so I was doing a little searching first.

I don't understand why you mutilate the bracket and post this on a few forums and even make a youtube video... before contacting the manufacturer.

Then after the factory points out it's some casting slag on the OEM piece that is easily removed... you still recommend grinding half the bracket away?

It's just unfortunately for Steeda that when you google "2012 Focus short shift bracket", the results consist of you bashing them on 3 different websites.
Agreed. Remove the casting slag as recommended by the instructions with a file. Simple and proper, and there's no way you're going to damage the shift lever with a file. This is a properly designed part that does not need to be weakened by unnecessary modification..
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