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CSVT#49
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Re: MTX-75 Upgrade How-To new
#1044546 (Re: warmonger) 09/08/05 12:30 AM

Yea don't worry I looked around quite a bit before I decided to tackle this. I just graduated as a mechanical engineer back in May. Terry and I were shooting emails back and forth for a while when I was questioning him on the Porsche intake design for the Contour.

One update on this. Nowhere in this How-To did I mention the rubber vent for the shift tower. The part number is correct (I had gotten it from a previous posting on here), but there is still an additional vent piece that is needed as I discovered. I'm still trying to track down the Ford part number and will post it when I find it.


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-Mike
98 Contour SVT
Toreador Red #49 of 6535 Built on 3/25/97
WR Headers, Borla Cat-Back, Torsen T2 LSD, K&N Short Ram, S-AFC and Focus Shift Tower
85 Camaro
1969 358ci, 97 TA interior, 91 Z28 GrdEfx and Aero Wing 255rwhp

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Bradness
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Re: MTX-75 Upgrade How-To new
#1144651 (Re: CSVT#49) 01/12/06 02:23 PM

There seems to be a dearth of info. when it comes to the MTX75 rod actuated trans. I opened mine up last weekend and although the instructions and how to provided here give a basic procedure, there are differences and some incorrect info. My gearbox is an early to mid yr. 95 unit.

However, if you too have a rod actuated transaxle don't worry. The shifter forks are similiar and can be upgraded. Tranny is not in the car yet, so I cannot comment on the shift feel with upgraded forks. Sure looked better and slid on the shafts nice and easy though.

Anyhow, if anyone is contemplating work on an early transaxle & needs encouragement or further info. PM me.

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Redcoat Raceworks. Performance parts and custom fabricating for Contours, Mystiques and Cougars. Specializing in chassis and suspension parts. Custom end links, control arms, strut tower bars, engine torque braces, etc.

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Shelbycrash
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Re: MTX-75 Upgrade How-To new
#1159537 (Re: CSVT#49) 02/01/06 10:21 PM

anybody run into this problem- my stck shifter cable is too long and wont connect to the focus shift tower? will a focus cable work, i believe the part number is 7E395.

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99 SVT Contour Toreador Red
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Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch
Upgraded Trans
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CSVT#49
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Re: MTX-75 Upgrade How-To new
#1159544 (Re: Shelbycrash) 02/01/06 10:38 PM

Might what to make a post in the Transaxle forum so you get a quicker response. That way people can see exactly what your problem is by the post's title and can respond accordingly. Just FYI.

Anyhow... The location of the connection points I believe should not move that much? The stock Contour cable should work just fine. Are you sure you have the new connector on correctly? It allows for a length adjustment to ensure proper shifting. When you attach the new connectors you need to ensure that the shifter and the shift tower are both in neutral. Lock the shifter in place (I used two vise grippers to hold the cables in place) and then adjust the cable end connectors to the appropriate position and snap them onto the shift tower making sure you do not move the shift tower out of the neutral position. I believe there is a how-to explaining this procedure somewhere in the transaxle forum. Do a search in the Transaxle Forum for shift tower install or shift cable and see what you come up with.

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-Mike
98 Contour SVT
Toreador Red #49 of 6535 Built on 3/25/97
WR Headers, Borla Cat-Back, Torsen T2 LSD, K&N Short Ram, S-AFC and Focus Shift Tower
85 Camaro
1969 358ci, 97 TA interior, 91 Z28 GrdEfx and Aero Wing 255rwhp

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Big Jim
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Re: MTX-75 Upgrade How-To new
#1159791 (Re: Shelbycrash) 02/02/06 04:07 AM

The Focus cable is too short.

If you have a 98 cable set, you can use the Focus cable ends. If you use the 99 and newer cable set, you will need to figure out how to change the attaching points from the Contour shift tower over to your Focus shift tower.

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CSVT#49
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Re: MTX-75 Upgrade How-To new
#1160515 (Re: Big Jim) 02/03/06 02:24 AM

Originally posted by Big Jim:
If you use the 99 and newer cable set, you will need to figure out how to change the attaching points from the Contour shift tower over to your Focus shift tower.




Or try to find 98 Contour cable set?...

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-Mike
98 Contour SVT
Toreador Red #49 of 6535 Built on 3/25/97
WR Headers, Borla Cat-Back, Torsen T2 LSD, K&N Short Ram, S-AFC and Focus Shift Tower
85 Camaro
1969 358ci, 97 TA interior, 91 Z28 GrdEfx and Aero Wing 255rwhp

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Shelbycrash
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Re: MTX-75 Upgrade How-To new
#1162856 (Re: CSVT#49) 02/06/06 10:56 PM

i looked up a cable for a 99 contour on a hunch, and found that it is replaced by a focus number, i finally got the cable today and luckily it is the right length and has the newer style snap ends. so a word of advice too... you cannot replace your stock shifter cable without also upgrading the shift tower. the old style pin end cables that are made for the contour shift towers are no longer made.

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99 SVT Contour Toreador Red
Mirko Intake
Mirko Splitter
Custom Exhaust w/Flowmaster 30 Series mufflers
Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch
Upgraded Trans
Torsen T2 Differential

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CSVT#49
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Re: MTX-75 Upgrade How-To new
#1162954 (Re: Shelbycrash) 02/07/06 12:50 AM

Originally posted by Shelbycrash :
so a word of advice too... you cannot replace your stock shifter cable without also upgrading the shift tower.




You can if you have a 98 or older car.

That is only if you have the redesigned shifter cables in your car 99-00... not sure if 98.5 had these as well.

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-Mike
98 Contour SVT
Toreador Red #49 of 6535 Built on 3/25/97
WR Headers, Borla Cat-Back, Torsen T2 LSD, K&N Short Ram, S-AFC and Focus Shift Tower
85 Camaro
1969 358ci, 97 TA interior, 91 Z28 GrdEfx and Aero Wing 255rwhp

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lubas79
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Re: MTX-75 Upgrade How-To new
#1173093 (Re: CSVT#49) 02/20/06 02:24 AM

how tough was it to adjust the ttorsen with shimis, does it require a some kind of tools

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CSVT#49
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Re: MTX-75 Upgrade How-To new
#1178752 (Re: lubas79) 02/27/06 12:02 AM

For everone inquiring about this topic click HERE for Torsen shimming instructions.

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-Mike
98 Contour SVT
Toreador Red #49 of 6535 Built on 3/25/97
WR Headers, Borla Cat-Back, Torsen T2 LSD, K&N Short Ram, S-AFC and Focus Shift Tower
85 Camaro
1969 358ci, 97 TA interior, 91 Z28 GrdEfx and Aero Wing 255rwhp

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