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Steeda tri-ax shifter install issues

Well I decided to put on my new Tr-ax shifter this weekend and I have had it apart about five times trying to get it to shift properly. First and second gear are very difficult to shift. I was hoping this shifter would make things better but its been nothing but a pain in the butt. The boot is on correct and I have the shifter as far to the right as it will go for the first and second gear adjustment. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm out of ideas and I doubt I can return it.


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When you installed the shifter, did you crawl under the car to detach the shifter assembly?

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If you are referring to the shifter bracket yes. It needs to be undone to gain access to one of the bolts.

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If you are referring to the shifter bracket yes. It needs to be undone to gain access to one of the bolts.

Right, when you reinstalled it, did you have any chunky feelings when remouting the bracket or have any difficulty lining the shifter back up? What about when the car is turned off/not moving? Is the shifter action very stiff? Crunchy? Obscenely notchy? Mine was a bit stiff at first but since then has broken in. I was surprised since there's no springs you're directly replacing.
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I had no issues bolting the shifter bracket back up, which is a Steeda bracket. The shift action is a little stiff but I anticipated it would be. First and second gear are crunchy and notchy very difficult to get into second not smooth at all. I had to use more force than I should. I'm going to pull it apart again here in few.

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I was in Florida and stopped at Steeda's shop. I had them install the tri-axe shifter in my 2011 GT.
The shifter has always been rude between first and second, you know the crunch.
Being spring loaded I thought second to third would be good....but....at 5 grand the system is torqued up and the body mount gets contorted and you can miss third. Not the fault of the shifter but Steeda didn't solve the whole issue.

Look at Barton's system....whole problem solved.
I wish I had done that.

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Remove the boot completely and drive it just to be 100% sure it is on correctly.
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Remove the boot completely and drive it just to be 100% sure it is on correctly.
Just got done pulling it all apart and putting it back together. Grimace that is exactly what I am going to do. I am going for a spin now Ill post back in a few.

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Still very notchy into second not smooth. Another thing I noticed is excessive play in the upper part of the shifter meaning where the knob screws onto it, it moves quite a bit where the OEM one does not. Some of it might be the boot but I have it sitting in the groove on the shifter where it is suppose to be and on the body. Looks like the OEM one is going back on I'm tired of screwing with it. I have a call into Steeda.

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Still very notchy into second not smooth another thing I noticed is excessive play in the upper part of the shifter meaning where the knob screws onto it, it moves quite a bit where the OEM one does not.

Contact Brandon in the forums. See if you can do an RMA/warranty service. Mine's a joy to use, sorry to hear about the troubles. :sad:
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Did you take the plastic "cap" off of the old shifter ball and install it on the new one?

I installed the Tri-ax shifter a few months ago and it works just fine for me. It doesn't have a huge reduction in shift throw but the shifter feels quite a bit more solid in your hand. That difference is also quite noticeable looking at the factory shifter and the Steeda shifter side by side.
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Yes I removed the plastic piece and put it on the Steeda shifter. The shifter was installed properly I am very mechanically inclined the instructions were very clear. I have got the stock one back on and it shifts fine, in fact maybe better than before. Something is definitely not right with the Steeda shifter. I have been in contact with Steeda I'm sure they will make it right one way or the other.

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seems you have done all process of elimination ending with the stock shifter which works fine, definitely sounds like a faulty shifter, as said Im sure Steeda will take care of it. keep us updated

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I just talked with Steeda this morning and they have instructed me to send the shifter back. They will then take a look at it and let me know from there.

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are these aftermarket shifters worth the $$?


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