Fit­ting a quick shift kit is one of eas­i­est and most re­ward­ing up­grades you can make to any car, so here’s how to fit moun­tune’s of­fer­ing for the Mk3 Fo­cus RS…

Fast Ford - - Ff Tech - Words & pho­tos JAMIE

If there’s one thing you do ev­ery time you drive your car, it’s change gear. It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re just pop­ping to the shops for a pint of milk, cruis­ing around en­joy­ing the week­end sun­shine, or blast­ing around a track at full throt­tle, no mat­ter what you’re do­ing in your car, you will change gear.

Fit­ting a quick shifter, then, makes a lot of sense. And at just £159 for moun­tune’s beau­ti­fully-crafted bil­let short-shift arm for the Mk3 Fo­cus RS, it of­fers great value – just spread that costs against the num­ber of times you’ll change gear and you’ll see it’s one of the best value mods you can make. As with all of moun­tune’s stuff, it’s exquisitely made, fits and op­er­ates per­fectly, and could eas­ily pass for an OEM up­grade – in fact, Ford should have prob­a­bly fit­ted this at the fac­tory as it’s much nicer than the OE piece. It’s one of those win-win up­grades; it has zero down­sides yet makes a no­tice­able and re­ward­ing dif­fer­ence ev­ery time you use the car.

Of course, you can have the short shifter fit­ted at moun­tune HQ, or one of their many deal­ers across the coun­try, but it’s ac­tu­ally quite a sim­ple job for any com­pe­tent en­thu­si­ast to do them­selves – the kit even comes with a spe­cial-sized pin for knock­ing out the orig­i­nal dowel. We opted to have one fit­ted when the gear­box was re­moved hav­ing an ATB fit­ted (as this al­lows bet­ter ac­cess for pho­tos), but the kit can be in­stalled with the gear­box in situ in less than an hour. And while we’re look­ing at the Mk3 Fo­cus RS model in par­tic­u­lar here, the process is very sim­i­lar for other mod­els such as the Mk3 Fo­cus ST too.

So, here’s what’s in­volved with fit­ting moun­tune’s short shift kit…

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