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Hello Bullitt-Friends,

Over the weekend I installed , among other things, my Steeda Tri-ax shifter. I have used these shifters in all of my stangs to date and really I didn't mind the noise. Actually I really couldn't hear it all that much do to the exhaust note of the Roush cars. Anyway, I tried the following simple mod and eliminated all noise that apparently others are frustrated at to the point of selling or returning their shifters. Take off the rubber isolater from the base of the stock handle. It takes some doing because some sort of adhesive was used to attach it. Once you get it off you'll be holding what looks like a metal box with a solid block of rubber inside. Separate the rubber from the metal and remove the two metal sleeves from inside the rubber block. (Trust me you'll know what I mean when you get at it.) Now separate the two remaining rubber pieces from each other and use the piece that conforms to the shape of the metal box as your isolator. Take it and sandwich it between the Tri-ax handle and the base of the shifter where it attaches and bolt it on. Tighten the holding bolts per Steeda's instuction sheet and presto! You're done. Probably any rubber sandwiched between the shifter and the base would work but I figured since Ford used that particular piece for the stock handle then why not use it on an aftermarket one. I test drove my car over several miles through a range of gears and speeds and the Tri-Ax shifter was as quiet as stock. Give it a try before you get rid of it because really it is a great piece. And if you have one on already, then try it and notice the improvement. Cheers
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thanks arthur, i'm thinking about ordering the Tri-Ax this week
 

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Thanks for the info... Just got mine in he mail and it is going on tommorw, will give it a shot.

IF anyone is intersted I have a contact on these for 165.00 a pop. IT is Ron Short.... I am sure some of you ahve heard of him. I do not have his email addy on me, being that I am working so dilagently at this time. However, I do have it at home and will post it later if anyone is interested.

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Arthur, I was ready to sell my Tri-Ax and buy a Pro 5 next month when they come out. I am going to give that a try before I put my Tri-Ax up for sale. Always used Pro 5 in the past without a problem. This TR-3650 just likes to transmit noise like crazy.

Also, were the bolts long enough or did you have to get longer ones? I suspect you need to use #8 hardened 8MM x 30MM bolts with that extra rubber in between?
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<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: TrueBlueBullitt on 2001-08-13 20:19 ]</font>
 

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John, I used the bolts supplied by Steeda. Just apply some lock-tite to the threads per instructions and tighten them down. Once fully tightened even with the washers there are about 2 or 3 threads sticking through the other side. Also, I forgot to mention that I reused the little rubber boot from the stock shifter and put it on the base of the Tri-Ax. It's a real snug fit and kinda goes over like a cap. At a minimum it will keep dust out of your shifter as for noise reduction I'm doubt it. One more thing to look out for, make sure that you set the shifter stops as directed. I noticed that if the stops contact the handle even slightly then you will definitely get some resonation. Anyway, enjoy.
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Did the rubber reduce the heat from the tranny to the shifter knob?
 

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No it didn't.
 

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I tried Arthur's tip on the steeda handle. It works. I did have to get longer bolts (#8 hardened 8MM x 30MM). I also bought a nylon sleeve and cut it to the thickness of the rubber and inserted it in the holes like a liner. This keeps the rubber from getting squeezed out when you tighten the bolts. I am now keeping my Steeda Tri-Ax. This made the all the difference. If you have not made this mod you owe it to yourself to try it. Thanks Arthur.

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I installed the MGW shift handle which comes with a variety of rubber insolators. They helped but I still get some noise.

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Karl..

The rubber with the MGW handle didn't effect the shifter feel, it's nice and solid still. I like the mechanical sound too, but just a bit more muted.. :smile:

Got tested real well this weekend with lot's of upshifts and down shifts on the road course and I never missed a shift all weekend.

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I just installed the Tri-AX shifter tonight and I noticed a little bit of xtra noise but nothing serious. I mean, the stereo could be at the lowest setting besides mute and I cant hear a thing.
 

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If you want a cheap Tri-Ax, check out the group purchase on this site. It's $149 plus shipping! Mine's on it's way.
 

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Hey I just ordered a Tri-Ax W/ the group buy deal from Ford Speed ~ can any one tell me what the final price was ?? I saw a charge on my check card for 170 ? guy told me shipping was like 5 or 6 bucks ~ just trying to figure out where the other 15 bucks comes from, Thanks .......also almost forgot, where is the info on the Densecharger ?? I NEED to order one today !!
 

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A cheap fix for the shifter noise. I had an old acessory belt laying around so I cut two 1 1/4 pieces from it. layed the shifter handle on them and marked the hole position. drilled out the pieces where the bolts will go through. Took 2 soft plastic automotive vacuum line block off caps and cut the ends off so they are like a tube. cut the caps the width of the shifter handle. used a flat metal strip about 1 1/4 inch long for the bolt washer. Drilled the holes in the metal strip. I put the plastic caps in the shifter holes, one of the pieces of belt on either side, the metal washer on the bolt head side outside of the belt piece, put the bolts through it all and bolted it up. The result: no rubbery feel and no noise. The cost $0, had the stuff laying around.

Hope this helps.
 

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I installed the MGW shift handle which comes with a variety of rubber insolators. They helped but I still get some noise.

Brian

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Same here. Still have the same amount of noise as when I had the stock Tri-Ax handle. Will have to read the rest of this post later and try the original tip. Thanks.
 

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My Tri-Ax is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow and I was going to post on this. So thanks for posting the tip.
 
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