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Old 06-21-2006, 11:24 AM   #1
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Here’s a close up of the bolt you’ll need to remove.
3) Using a 13mm socket, remove the bolt, and the counterweight and bushings will come right out.

EDIT
For some reason, the first 2 posts for step 1) and 2) are missing.
1) Remove the airbox.
2) Remove the bolt holding the counterweight on.
EDIT-II:
Hint: Shift the transmission to Reverse for easiest access to the bolt.

And, here's a wider angle shot of the counterweight, just after removing the airbox:
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Old 06-21-2006, 11:28 AM   #2
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Here’s what was just removed. (from left to right)
Nylon bushing, steel insert/bushing, counterweight, and bolt.
Parts are shown in appropriate installation/removal order.
Note:
I broke the bolt loose with a 3/8 ratchet, and then used a 1/4 ratchet to get it the rest of the way out.
Space is at a premium in this location. Not much room for your hands.
I also reinstalled the bushings and bolt, cause I just don’t like leaving holes in the transmission.
And, if I ever decide to put the counterweight back on, all the attaching hardware will still be ready to go.
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Old 06-21-2006, 11:29 AM   #3
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And this will do what?
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Old 06-21-2006, 11:36 AM   #4
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^^^I hadn't finished yet...

So there you have it.
About a 30 minute job total from start to finish, including removal / reinstallation of the intake box.
I can not emphasize enough how much this improves the shifting.
It’s extremely light, and almost shifts itself to the next gear (whether up or down) for you now.
I’m NOT kidding…it’s unbelievable how much lighter and smoother the shifts are.

For those of you (like myself) that rave about the improvements the VF rear mount and STS combo makes in the shifting,
this mod takes it one step further to perfection.
It’s another one of those “it should have come this way from the factory” mods.

Oh…and remember how hard it is to put this tranny in reverse gear?
I can safely say it’s a WHOLE lot easier now.

Oh...and remember that "sticky" 1-2 shift?
GONE.
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:27 PM   #5
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OMG how did you figure this one out? I might need to do this tonight.
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:50 PM   #7
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OMG how did you figure this one out? I might need to do this tonight.
DO IT!!!
I updated my first post with a link to where I originally saw this.

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So....umm.....why did Ford put the weight there in the first place????/
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^^^Now that's an extremely good question.
I liken it to:
1) Why'd they give us such a soft/anemic rear mount?
2) Why'd they give us such a horrid stock tune?
3) Why didn't they make the TC completely defeatable with the switch?
etc etc...

If you look at the link in my first post (link to where I first saw this mod),
you'll see there's several people that have had the counterweight removed for quite some time with no ill effects.
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Old 06-21-2006, 02:28 PM   #10
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That is awesome, and so easy to do ....... I know what MY next mod is! LOL I have often thought about removing that thing but felt like I just didn't have the time to figure it out, and now I see just how easy it is! Thanks Doug, good work and great write up!!!
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