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Project Ford Fiesta ST - Improving the Shifting with mountune

By Mike Kojima

Although the Fiesta ST has fairly decent stock shift feel, which is quite positive for a cable shifter FWD car, we still thought the longish throws could be shortened for a more performance oriented shift feel.  Traditionally we have never been fans of short shifters that the aftermarket is full off. Your typical short shifter shortens the throws too much destroying shift feel as well as sometimes overstressing syncros, to the point of damaging them.

With this in mind we were somewhat reluctant to install mountune's short shifter developed for the Fiesta ST.  If you haven't heard of the name mountune, it's because in this country tuning of Ford's FWD offerings has not been the popular thing to do.  Not so in Europe where compact Fords have been a mainstay of the enthusiast market for 3 generations.  In Europe the name mountune is closely associated with Ford Performance and with the new Fiesta and Focus ST mountune will become a mainstay for Ford performance in North America. 

With close factory ties, you can bet the mountune stuff will be well engineered, so with this in mind we felt a lot better about adding mountune's short shifter to our car.

 

To install the mountune short shifter, we had to get to the shift linkage.  We had to remove the shroud that covers the engine and part of the transmission so we can get to the intake pipe. Since the shift linkage sits under the intake pipe it and the airbox had to be removed.

 

Next we removed the stock factory airbox.

 

With the intake airbox and intake pipe out of the way you can now access the area where the shift linkage cables bolt to the extension of the shift shaft that exits out of the top of the transaxle.

 

This huge metal eyelet sits on the end of the shift cable and clips over a pin that sticks out of the shift shaft extension.  Through this the cable pulls on the shift shaft to shift the transmission.  All the parts of the linkage need to be sturdy and rigid to preserve shift feel.  The first step is to pull the eyelet off of the pin and move the shift cable aside. 

 

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Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Friday, August 22, 2014 2:18 PM
Hmmmm.....article #2 of Project Fiesta ST and yet an actual picture of the car eludes us....

Read a great new article yesterday debating the Fiesta ST vs the Abarth. I think these Fiestas are the epitome of Hot Hatches. Looking forward to seeing this car getting tested!
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Friday, August 22, 2014 2:41 PM
The Abarth is a POS compared to the ST.
Name User
Name Userlink
Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:00 AM
Really Mike? The Abarth reminded me of my Evo 9 w/ a boost leak. I never drove a Fiesta but the Focus ST reminded me of my moms Volvo S40.

I can't imagine that the Fiesta is that much better than the Focus. It was just so soft and bland.
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:29 AM
An Evo are you crazy, it's not even close. The Abarth flips easily and understeers at the limit. The Fiesta is way more fun than the Focus. It is pretty good stock.
eeeen
eeeenlink
Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:29 AM
Say whatever you want about how it "feels" (or how bad the brakes kill themselves off in order to find the ability to turn in) .... in the FWD department, I would take an outdated MS3 any day of the year. Old ass MS3 still holding it down with these new cars.

The degree to which these new FWD champs disappear in my mirror, says more than enough. I don't care how it feels, I want to be put back in my seat when I floor it, no matter what gear I happen to be in.

Bring on more MS3 love. Can't wait for the new awd MS3!! Mitsubishi should be ashamed to bow out of the AWD battle at this point. Moronic bean counters at the helm of the once beloved tri-star.
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