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Old 07-02-2006, 06:55 PM   #131
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Originally posted by rockthezx3
Well, I gave it a shot. Personally, I dont know if it was just my car, but I think doing this made shifting feel horrible. I think it goes into gear smoother with the weight on. Maybe it's just my car or maybe I did it wrong. Anythings worth a try though.
Mine also went into gear smoother with the weight on, but I like the snappier feel...so I'm cool with it.
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:22 PM   #132
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how do you adjust the cables for this? All my gears are screwed up. Codesvt, you said to put it in neutral? then apply the cables on. What position do you put the lever the weight was on when you attach the cable? All the way to the right towards the drivers side, in the middle, or all the way to the left?
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:26 PM   #133
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it worked great for me, I'll never put it back on.
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:52 PM   #134
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I put my counter-weight back on and It feels better now.
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Old 07-12-2006, 01:06 PM   #135
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And the thread is still going strong.

Just put this mod to the track (AutoCross) test this past weekend.
Wo! Me still likey ALOT!
The 1-2 shift which was always "iffy" right at redline (even with the VF and STS) went oh so smooth and quick this time around.
I can't believe how much easier it popped into 2nd gear right when I needed it.

The proper procedure for adjusting the cables is noted earlier in this thread.
Posted by COSDEVSVT...>>>Clicky

I've been thinking about the weight and it's purpose for quite some time now.
Frankly, I think it's a detriment to the synchros.
It's meant to smooth out the shifts, by basically forcing it into gear with the weight on.
That's why (with the weight) if you miss that 1-2 shift, you can't get it back into gear because it's so far off the gate.

I rev-match ALL the time, and try not to brutally force it into gear.
Again, I can't help but believe that's exactly what the weight does...brutally force it into gear, at the loss of synchro life.

If you're gentle on the shifting, and most importantly properly rev-match when shifting,
this mod is extremely rewarding due to the much lighter shifter feel.

I'm keeping the weight off my linkage for good...period.
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Old 07-12-2006, 01:40 PM   #136
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Originally posted by Artood2s
So....umm.....why did Ford put the weight there in the first place????/
Anyone think we can stump the geek in Sport Compact Car with this one? Let's send him a letter! One from all of us at focusfanatics.com and Focaljet. He can't ignore that! LOL... no seriously... we should ask him.

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Old 07-12-2006, 01:51 PM   #137
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I would sufice Getrag put it on, not Ford.
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Old 07-12-2006, 05:21 PM   #138
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yep same here, i went autocrossing this weekend and it felt great. i however don't have the vf mount or the sts but damn it felt so good. slides right in like... hmmmm you know

mine has been off for over 1000 miles, maybe 2000 and i already don't even realize that i done this. it feels so natural and i'm so used to it. i bet it would be wierd for me to drive a stock svt now.
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Old 07-25-2006, 04:20 AM   #139
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Any testing on this for WOT speedshifts? How about WOT Powershifting? I did the clutch sensor mod, car didn;t like speedshifting at WOT, but was fine for WOT Powershifting. I put it back in, much better now. I'll miss the easy take offs and nice smooth cruising speed up shifts. But I need it to shift hard and fast at the track.
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^^^I did WOT speed shifts with this mod.....worked fine every time......

you don't need to SLAM it into gear.....just quickly get it into the next gear.....quickness, not force is the key....

trust me, I broke a regular focus' shift linkage doing HARD speed shifts......$600 repair that i somehow got covered under warranty....

I go easy on it now, but I still shift quickly
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