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Old 02-14-2005, 11:16 AM   #81
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cool, i don't want to take the console off. if i gotta do that i might not do it, but if i can just pop off the peice off around the shifter, i will
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Old 02-14-2005, 08:20 PM   #82
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I will be doing this mod tommorow, CUz my ride will be out of the shop!! WHat is the Reverse lockout look like?
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Old 03-05-2005, 11:54 AM   #83
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heh - this is an old mod i did to my 1988 escort years past... it worked real nice on the escort's shift rod type shifter setup. the old late 70's ford fiesta had a tiny (even more so than the 70's rabbit) shifter plunging out of the floor - it took some getting used to.

i noticed a few posts back people were debating about quality and which shifter creates more stress to the trans when fast shifting, so i thought i'd add my .02:

from a quality perspective, more often than not the factory part is a better engineered piece than the aftermarket shifters, designed to allow the most ham fisted of drivers beat the crap out of it and still last it's warranty. i would be extremely surprised to hear of a stock shifter breaking from excessive shift force.

as for trans stress - short throws actually reduce the amount of torque you are throwing at the transmission cables, that's why the person shifting has to use more effort. the trans cables and shift rods are actually getting a stress break (if you make sure and complete the shift before you let out the clutch - which would bring up another topic - lol).

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Old 03-25-2005, 10:22 AM   #84
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Well dude I think that, that was an excelent mod. You had the time, patients and carefull planning to make that succesful then thats dope. It was done cheeply and effectivly. I like others have gone out and bought the b&m shifters (and other sorts). But if i had read this before i would have been looking for my hacksaw.
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Old 05-26-2005, 12:13 AM   #85
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Just did it yesterday and it makes a huge difference...doesn't feel like you're driving a truck anymore Even if its not "engineered" like the aftermarket STSes, using the tools you already have and about an hour of threading, cutting and cleanup beats the hell out of spending $150+ on a STS.
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Old 05-26-2005, 12:26 AM   #86
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okay, i officially can't take the shifting knob off, whats the deal, me, my buddy, and my father all tried takin it off, what's up with that?
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Did the mod a couple of days ago, start to finish in 30 minutes. Took out 1 1/2". Since my wife drives the Focus at times, I needed to adapt the reverse lockout. I just cut out the center 1 1/2" section of the lockout, sanded them square to each other and Krazy glued them together. Time will tell if this will hold or not. Just my 2 cents on the subject, and no it doesn't look ghetto looks totally stock!
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Old 07-12-2005, 09:27 PM   #88
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i heard of this mod a while back and was quite "iffy" about it (appearance wise mostly). I finally decided to do it because worse case scenario, i just go buy the b&m shifter like i originally was going to do. 45 mins and $0 later, i have a sweet looking shifter that functions great. I wish i would have done this mod a lot sooner. I did not have to pull my console out. I just pulled off the reverse lock out device and the shift boot and had total access to the shifter. However, i had a hard time finding a 12mmx1.25 dye so i used a 1/2"x20 dye and had no problems at all screwing the shifter in. NO cross threads at all. I would definitely recommend this mod over buying a short throw because that $100 can be put towards a different "performance" mod. Thanks for all the positive feedback about this because it saved me $$$$$
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:51 PM   #89
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i did this same thing to my Neon... they don't have the reverse lockout on them, but i just used a Dremel and cut the stock shifter down, i liked it better than a short shifter, you can make it as short as you want, and by the time i was done all i had to do was flick my wrist and i was in gear...
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I may try this
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