Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Stratford, CT, USA
A few notes on the Steeda Tri-Ax... if reverse was difficult to get into with your T45, now you definitely have to double-clutch your tranny to get it into reverse - note that this has been the case for me since I purchased the car brand-spanking new. In addition, this warning was packaged with my car's manuals: to engage reverse you'll have to double-clutch the bastard to get it in that gear.
Also, folks have been talking about the difficulty in getting the car into 2nd gear. Granted, the shifter is "notchy" by many people's standards, but it's MUCH better than the stock shifter and there's no guess work on the gear you're grabbing.
At 5'7" and 145lbs. I didn't have a problem engaging 2nd gear although there is a little more effort involved when getting into 2nd.
Getting into 3rd gear is a dream and the downshift from 5th to 3rd for um, emergency situations, is wonderful.
The shifter doesn't feel like it's going to break when running through the gears in a hurry.
I am vertically challenged (ie. short), so I couldn't take advantage of the shorter throws without some discomfort, so I screwed the lever to the top 2 holes, which is basically the stock height.
I'm not expecting ET improvements or more horsepower out of a shifter, heh heh. I just wanted a shifter that inspired confidence when shifting quickly, without fear of missing 3rd or bending a shift fork and it makes for more consistent times once you get used to the Tri-Ax.
I hope this review helps those that do not have the Tri-Ax and have had questions or concerns over this piece of hardware.
For $165 and the minimal effort to get it installed, I'd say this modification is a bargain. Much better deal than a set of flowmasters and I'm sure I can see better times with this new shifter now that I'm no longer afraid to shift harder and faster.
If anyone has any questions, shoot me a PM or respond to this thread, or email me.
Thank you all!