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Any of you all have a problem puttin gin a short throw shifter, in your car, cause it seems if mine is stuck and i might have to beat it out, I have the TWM short throw shifter kit, and followed it to the T, and the onl,y problem seems to be getting the old shifter out. Any help i would thank u you all.
 

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Hey NRRACING.

A few questions... firstly is it a 2nd gen? if so then I can help ya out...

When I installed my shifter I had to take the following steps. I'll just write the whole thing out and put it up here, then if someone hasn't already done it I'll put up a walkthrough on how ot remove the old shifter and how to install a B&M:

EDIT: ***This swap was performed on a 1993 Escort GT in my own garage using nothing but hand tools, some parts may be different depending on the year/model of Escort. I, Gregory L. Hill (Misfit_Zero) am not responsible if you damage your car or any parts by following these directions. This is merely intended to help you with your own swap. Estimated time ranges from20 minutes-35 minutes (depends how quickly you can jack your car up and take out the console.)

1. under the car you have to remove the bolt that holds the shifter to the linkage rod. be sure to hold onto that as well as the bushings, most shifter don't come with a replacement for these. if you have the nice urethane bushings then you can forget the old bushings. but keep the bolt anyway.

2 Inside the car now you need to remove the center console. There are 6 screws holding it in place, they are located (1,2) at the front of the console closest to your gas pedal, and directly opposite on the passenger side, (3,4) directly next to the reccession where the e-brake sits when not engaged, and (5,6) push your seat all the way back and lean it back, you should be able to see a screw that is near the slot where your seatbelt protrudes if you have the automatic ones. Once these screws are removed unscrew the shift knob, this may take some muscle depending on how tightly it was screwed down in case of any other tranny work or for whatever reason it was removed.

3. Now that the center console is removed take off hte rubber dust boot that may or may not be around the base of the shifter. once this is removed you may want to remove all the nasty grease taht is around it al, I just wiped it up with a towel. Somewhere in that blob is a retaining spring/clip, this has two spots where the spring has a flattened coil on either side, these are squeezed inward towards the shifter to contract the spring release the shifter. It may take a second set of hands to pull the spring up while you are squeezing it.

4. After removing this spring it is time to yank the shifter out. I personally almost gave myself a hernia yanking this thing out... you may want to go ack under the car and have someone hold it steady while you tap it a bit with some sort of blunt object.

5. When the shifter actually gets moving it should come out pretty smoothly. Once it is removed take some cleaner and spiffy the gaping hole up a bit. now that you are ready to install you need to lube up the shifter with the grease that should have been supplied. (In the B&M one the housing is aluminium and has the O-rings installed, so lube the O-rings like mad...) I believe that you need to recycle the plastic housing if you are using the TSW or Pacesetter shifters, so be sure to yank those off the stock piece.

6. once everything is lubed up and ready to go start by lining everything up properly (the shifter should bend towards the rear of the car) and begin cramming it back into the hole that it came from, once it is jammed in there pretty well, attempt re-installing the spring clip, once that clicks into place everything is done, just go back under and remember to bolt the shifter back up to the rod, replaceing th ebushings or istalling hte new urethane, and replace the dust boot under the console. After that simply replace the entire center console by screwing it back in, starting from the rear this time, and install your new shift knob or the stock one if it is threaded to fit the new shifter.

7. Enjoy your now shortened shift times and hope you don't miss any gears cause that would make you look really dumb now that you have about 30-45% less travel to go through...
 

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your getting screwed cuz of the retaining spring, when the center console is off, you cant see it cuz its covered in that grease, clean some of it out and youll see the spring, rotate that bitch out and your good
 
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