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Old 04-24-2004, 10:53 AM   #31
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I just cut my stock shifter in about 5 minutes. It was simple. With the iB5 transmission all I had to do was cut about an inch and a half off the lever, and bolt the new knob on, with some extra reinforcement. It was a quick, cheap and clean mod and as soon as I get my film back I'll try to post some pics. Saved me about $40!
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Old 04-24-2004, 12:03 PM   #32
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So, after you cut it, did you thread it with the cutting die ?
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Old 04-24-2004, 12:28 PM   #33
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Nothing a nice hacksaw and aftermarket shiftknob with allens to hold it to the shifter couldnt take care of.
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Old 04-24-2004, 12:45 PM   #34
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Yeah Cruzn, that's basically what i did...I made little notches in the lever where the allens met so it has a firmer grip. It's pretty damn solid, even without rethreading it.
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Old 04-26-2004, 08:45 AM   #35
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Here's how mine came out. Cut about 2" off and added a 2001 Bullitt Mustang knob. Had to rethread the shaft with a different thread pitch to make it work. Had to ditch the reverse lockout as there is no room for it (2003 model). I really like the knob because it has the correct Ford style shift pattern embossed into it. Looks like a factory set-up but a lot nicer. Feels tight too

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Old 05-04-2004, 09:28 AM   #36
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Isn't that gear layout all but universal for 5-speed manuals?
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Yeah, it's probably the most common 5-spd shift pattern but, this knob uses the correct typeface/font that Ford's put on all their MTX knobs for years. I've seen knockoffs that don't use the Ford font and they don't look right.
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Old 05-04-2004, 12:15 PM   #38
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Gotcha. I thought you were referring to the layout rather than the design. MY BAD!
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Old 06-12-2004, 09:41 PM   #39
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Im not sure why anyone would remove the center console. i have a 2003 ZX3, and i just pulled the boot up, broke the reverse lock out right outta there completely (it wouldnt work after the mod anyways) then the boot came off all the way, i cut away the plastic on either side of the top of the boot, cut off about 4 inches of metal, re-threaded with the die-tool (which is the ONLY way to go, anything with allen keys is gonna need either tons of retightening, or lots of lock tite) and screwed the original knob back on. its LOTS lower now, better shifts, shorter throw (yes, ACTUALLY shorter, just not by much) and cost me a total of 26 bux. thanks micro for the idea. its a great mod, with great results. if anyone wants pictures of the end result, email me at andrewsmith83@hotmail.com.
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You cut 4 inches off.
Can you post a pic of this.
I cut 2inches off mine and it's pretty low.
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