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  • DIY: Fixing your falling shifter

    Well I had to fix another shifter that fell thru the floor on a festy this afternoon, so I figured I'd take a few pics and do a quick writeup of how I've found is the best way to do it.

    You will need a bolt that is long enough to reach thru the entire shifter assembly (about an inch and a half... sorry, I didn't measure it), and a drill with appropriate bits.

    The idea is to drill a hole through both the upper and lower plates (the part that bolts to the floor and the stabilizer) and then use the bolt to hold them in place. In order to still allow the flexibility of the rubber you cannot crank down on the nut, which is why you need two of them to act as a lock nut.

    Pictures are worth a million words, so...

    The hole, you may need to beat down the lip on the floor a little to allow the bolt head to fit.


    With the bolt I used:


    From the bottom side. Note the two nuts.


    And with the shifter installed.


    You don't need to remove the shifter in order to do this, I was installing a short shifter at the same time which is why that one was removed.

    Nate
    Last edited by w4rkry; 11-06-2017, 09:52 AM. Reason: Picture Restoration
    ~Nate

    the keeper of a wonderful lil car, Skeeter.

    Current cars:
    91L "Skeeter" 170k, Aspire brakes, G15, BP, Advancedynamics coil overs, etc. My first love.
    1990 Kawasaki Ninja 250 - my gas saver, 60+mpg - 40k
    2004 MotoGuzzi Breva - my "longer range" bike - 17k

    FOTY 2008 winner!

  • #2
    Nice write up! I have this problem and didn't realize it was such an easy fix! Thanks!
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    • #3
      Of all the different 'solutions' I've seen I like this one the best... simple, and effective.

      I can't take responsibility for coming up with the idea since I've seen others do it first, I just figured it was time someone did a writeup on it.

      I reaaaaaly suggest putting in one of the $10 civic shifters too... gotta be one of my favorite festy mods! I've put 3 of them in different cars now, and they work great.
      ~Nate

      the keeper of a wonderful lil car, Skeeter.

      Current cars:
      91L "Skeeter" 170k, Aspire brakes, G15, BP, Advancedynamics coil overs, etc. My first love.
      1990 Kawasaki Ninja 250 - my gas saver, 60+mpg - 40k
      2004 MotoGuzzi Breva - my "longer range" bike - 17k

      FOTY 2008 winner!

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      • #4
        ^ come on at least give us a link to them
        -Greg
        Euro-bprt...WORLDS FASTEST FESTIVA !!! 11.78@115.9
        BP, G trans, Megasquirt/ 550cc inj. t3/t3 (tbird) Garrett, REAR TURBO!!!! AND AC!!!!
        Redneck Engineer
        FOTY - '09
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        • #5
          I thought the short shifter topic had been betten to death... heres the thread where I first installed Skeeters:
          http://www.fordfestiva.com/forums/sh...+short+shifter

          Here are some on e-bay (they are slightly different styles, but they both work just as well): http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1992-...item27a968b962

          I could do another quick writeup this afternoon I guess, I kinda figured this was a mod everyone knew about!
          ~Nate

          the keeper of a wonderful lil car, Skeeter.

          Current cars:
          91L "Skeeter" 170k, Aspire brakes, G15, BP, Advancedynamics coil overs, etc. My first love.
          1990 Kawasaki Ninja 250 - my gas saver, 60+mpg - 40k
          2004 MotoGuzzi Breva - my "longer range" bike - 17k

          FOTY 2008 winner!

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          • #6
            +1 on the Civic short shifter. If you haven't done it, do it. You'll love it.
            Festiva: Because even my dog can build a Honda.
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            '90 L. B8ME/Kia Rio 5 speed. Rio/Aspire suspension swap.
            '81 Mustang. Inline 6, Automatic.
            '95 Eagle Summit Wagon. 4G64 Powered.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by skeeters_keeper View Post

              I could do another quick writeup this afternoon I guess, I kinda figured this was a mod everyone knew about!
              That would be sweet. I'm sure its simple but I know some like to see the process before trying it themselves!
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              Nancy- 1.8L BP, aspire swap, g-trans
              The Adventures of Nancy! Build Thread
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              My Musica! Click me!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FestivaFan View Post
                +1 on the Civic short shifter. If you haven't done it, do it. You'll love it.
                did the 98-01 acura integra one...

                -"Hairlipstiva" 1991 GL 5spd (swapped from an auto), rolling on Enkei 14x6 +38 with 195/45/14 Toyo's, Jensen MP5720 CD deck, tach install, LED strip in cluster, down position rear wiper, FMS springs, Gabriel shocks on 4 corners, Acura Integra short shifter
                -Escort GT 91 donor car with BP, G5M-R tranny to be dropped in the little guy...
                -Aspire brake swap COMPLETE!
                https://www.wunderground.com/persona...?ID=KOKOWASS38

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                • #9
                  Sloppy shifter

                  Hi All,New to this forum.I have the factory shifter with worn busings on both ends of the linkage(218,000mi).Ford wants $35 for 4 rubber replacements.The set-up looks similar to my MX-3.I know they make a bronze bushing replacement for it,that is a 1000% improvement.Any ideas on my "NEW" Festy?? Thanks
                  Go Fast !!,Take Chances !!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by microflea View Post
                    Hi All,New to this forum.I have the factory shifter with worn busings on both ends of the linkage(218,000mi).Ford wants $35 for 4 rubber replacements.The set-up looks similar to my MX-3.I know they make a bronze bushing replacement for it,that is a 1000% improvement.Any ideas on my "NEW" Festy?? Thanks
                    Don't you think your post is just a tad off-topic for a 7 month old thread??

                    1988 323 Station Wagon - KLG4 swapped
                    1988 323 GT - B6T Powered
                    2008 Ford Escape - Rollover Survivor

                    1990 Festiva - First Ever Completed KLZE swap (SOLD)

                    If no one from the future stops you from doing it, how bad of a decision can it really be?

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                    • #11
                      ^

                      Originally posted by Damkid View Post
                      Don't you think your post is just a tad off-topic for a 7 month old thread??
                      old to you but not to new members. if its old delete the whole thing!
                      Never Hire a Boy to do a Man's Job!!

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                      • #12
                        My friend did this dropping shifter fix to my festiva, but he tightened the bolt all the way down instead of double nutting it, would this be why my tranny will not go all the way into 2nd gear?

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                        • #13
                          I did this and it worked great. Thanks.

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                          • #14
                            Man, this worked great!

                            Such an easy fix for an annoying problem.

                            You the man Skeeters Keeper.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sandspringsfestiva View Post
                              Man, this worked great!

                              Such an easy fix for an annoying problem.

                              You the man Skeeters Keeper.
                              +1
                              Walth

                              Festiva #1: 91 Red L 4/5
                              http://www.fordfestiva.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=27981

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