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Old 11-28-2005, 02:43 PM   #101
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It may be easier to just heat the lever and bend it. If you do the bent lever, I would go with a smaller boot. I think that would look pretty cool.
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Old 11-28-2005, 03:47 PM   #102
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it was said above, but i'll throw in my 2 cents. if ur doing it for performance, waste of time/money. majority of time lost in shifting is with the clutch, getting everything engaged, etc.

now, having said that. i went out and got a FR STS, and the shifting is a little faster, but the main reason i'd recommend it is cause of the increased feel. the shifts felt loose and sloppy b4. now i shift, and it really feels like im in gear.

i havent tried a cut-down version, however, i imagine that they would still be just as loose and sloppy, since everything is the same...just shorter

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Old 11-28-2005, 04:47 PM   #103
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its mostly just asthetics for me, im quite comfortable with my stick skills, but a bit of a shorter throw would be nice. but mostly i just think i would be pretty slick to not have the straight up stick every other sport compact has.

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Old 12-01-2005, 11:47 AM   #104
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I agree with CheckMyVitals. I have had my SPI for a year now. It came without a reverse lockout. I have never gone from 5th to reverse, so I dont see where its a problem. Ford obviously didnt feel it was necessary to have a reverse lockout on every model.
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Old 12-07-2005, 02:36 PM   #105
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I would love to cut my shifter down. I think i will do it later this week. I have had the reverse lockout removed from the car since the day i bought it. Anyone who would try and shift a 5 speed car into R/6 while driving is an imbicil. I cant believe that is peoples reason for not removing the lockout. Their reason may as well be "ford put it there, that means it must be required" You'd think that if these people dissabled the lockout the second they started driving again the wheels would fall off, alarm would start sounding and the doors would fall off. The only thing im worried about is reaching the shorter shifter from over that stupid armrest thing. Does anyone know of any asthetically pleasing ways to eliminate that swiveling armrest? Even in the up position the entire upper half of my arm is all cramped trying to shift into the lower 3 gears (2,4,R)

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Old 06-06-2007, 02:48 AM   #106
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Great post! never would have thought of trying this otherwise. Chopped mine about 6mos and 10k ago. Didn't really change the throw that much but it feels a lot more natural. It also looks better to have the knob sitting on top of the boot.
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:09 PM   #107
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and if you had more tools you can even do it so the reverse lockout will still function. i work construction so i could prolly do it. im a try when i get a chance.
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Just a note. When done on an 07, the plastic sleeve seems to have nothing to do with reverse lockout. I retained mine for the stock look, but I chopped it down by almost two inches, on what seemed to be the "business end," with no ill effect.
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I just did this the other day so that my 2005 mustang shift knob wouldn't stretch the shift boot too much and it doesn't feel much different. I only cut it down about an inch, but it's so weird to not have the reverse lockout. I love the new look of my shifter!
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