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Old 07-10-2003, 06:21   #1 (permalink)
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confused T5 manual gearknob/gearstick options

G'day all,

Since I can't yet afford a GT Momo item and don't like anything else around, I picked up an EF manual gear knob for my EA - great value by Ford Parts standards, at under $14 - but sure enough it is a different size so doesn't screw on. This means a new EF gearstick will be necessary, and I figure that I might as well try and buy a shortened stick while I'm at it. Just two questions remain.

1) Will an EF gearstick fit an earlier car (ie two bolts at the bottom match)?
2) Does the aftermarket offer affordable, shortened gearsticks to avoid having to weld etc?

For what it's worth, I've heard even the EL GT uses the same size gearstick as EAs (not sure about AUs), and I'm not able to afford one of those SVO short-throw kits either. Just need to replace the gearstick.

Any advice appreciated.

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Old 07-10-2003, 06:42   #2 (permalink)
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Re: T5 manual gearknob/gearstick options

bpt@norcom.net.au

this bloke might be able to help you

Cost of a short shift lever is $60.00 for an EA T5. I usually do C.O.D. so
you don't have to pay for the goods until it arrives at your nearest post
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Postage on the sticks is usually about $10.00 anywhere in Australia. To place an order just e-mail me your full name and postal address and
conformation on vehicle type so I don't send you the wrong stick/sticks.
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Cheers for that mate, I'll give him a bell.
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Old 07-11-2003, 20:18   #4 (permalink)
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Re: T5 manual gearknob/gearstick options

Jack, you could just buy a new shifter top for the gearbox. A late model top will go straight on to your box, and everything after AU (inclusive) is factory short throw. Much cheaper than an aftermarket job. All T5's Xf to Au run interchangeable sticks.
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Jack, if you have a look at an AU gear stick, it is about n inch shorter.
The only problem with a shortend gear stick alone , is that you loose a fair bit of mechanical adventage/leverage.

I bought a stick form the wreckers for $20, shortend it and use it foe about a month, i had to be very hard with the shifts due to the loss of leverage, in the end i sold it on here for $25 bucks.

$60 bucks is a rought.
In the end to lower the gear know i just cut the little giude tip off the top of my gear stick, i have got a WRX Nadi gear knob in my car, i drilled it out then used the Epoxy putty "kneed it" to fill the hole.

Once it had set i drilled the hole to the new size and just screwed i tonto the gear stick, works a treat.
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Jack, if you have a look at an AU gear stick, it is about n inch shorter.
We replaced by parents AU gear stick with an EA one due to the fact that you would hit your hand on the stereo when going into 1st or 3rd. The EA one was actually about an inch shorter and angled a couple of inches closer to the driver.



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Gearstick

I bought an EL GT stick from Bayford.
It is the shortest version. it ended up just sticking out of the rubber boot.
Just looked for the receipt but must have turfed it otherwise would have provided partnumbers etc.
Was around $25 with XR Club discount if I recall correctly. Was certainly far cheaper than $60.

All the T5 sticks are the same mounting but different lengths and bends.
The ELGT on was the shortest and straightest.

Did not buy the matching knob but it was around $15.

WBT56 - thanks for the info in the factory short shifter. I"ll check that out tomorrow.

A short stick is good to a point but the shifter is what would deliver the biggest result.
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