Boomba short shift bracket review and how to

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Engine Upgrades' started by JustinP, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. JustinP

    JustinP Member

    I purchased a Boomba short shift bracket, and decided to do a write up on the install.
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    In the box came the shift bracket and hardware, color instructions, 2 stickers, and an awesome aluminum Boomba bottle opener (to uncap your beer when your finished).
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    Start the install by unplugging your MAF sensor, just pull the red tab out and push the detent down, and pull off sensor.
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    Next, the air filter box needs to come out, start by loosening the 4 T25 torx screws around the air filter box, they will stay in the housing unless you turn them all the way out.
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    This hose needs to be removed, the green part is the lock, simple pry the green lock up, I used my fingers only, once it's up, the hose pulls off the intake tube.
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    Lift the top portion of the filter housing, and remove the air filter.
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    The intake tube removal is next, loosen the 9/32 hex hose clamp, you can use a flat head screwdriver, but the socket was easier. Once loose the intake hose will pull off of the pipe and you can maneuver it out of the engine bay.
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    The lower air box housing removal is next, I used a plastic scraper to pry the snorkel off, then lift the whole box out, it takes a small amount of force, but it's pretty easy.
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    Now for the fun, the shift linkage has to be removed from the factory shift lever, it's easy, I used a small pry bar, but a large flat blade would have easily worked, put the pry bar under the end link, and pry it up, then push the linkage back out of the way.
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    Now, lay the bracket over the factory lever, the single bolt side, goes toward the back of the car. The hole in the bracket will sit on the factory ball. Hint, put the bolts through the bracket first, just don't drop them. I also applied blue loctite to the threads, just for extra security.
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    Now, the back plate needs to go on, this is a little tricky, there is a small hole on the back plate, this goes under the Boomba brackets ball stud, if you try to install it wrong, it won't line up. The Boomba instructions explain this too.
    Continue to next post for the rest.
     
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  3. JustinP

    JustinP Member

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    Once the bottom plate is under the bracket, begin securing the Allen/hex key bolts, the instructions say they are a M7, but my 5/32" fit great. Get all the bolts started before tightening them. I used my long bit 5/32 Allen key socket, and long extension to make this easier, this is a tight area.
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    This is my tool of choice, but a standard Allen key would work, just not as well.
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    This was hard to show, but now you'll need to reattach the shift linkage, grab the linkage, slide it up to the Boomba ball stud, and push it down, I put a small amount of grease on the ball stud, just to help it along, it's easy. Now just revers the removal for the air box, tube, and other stuff, and go for a drive.


    REVIEW:
    I love it, the shorter throw is easily noticeable, more direct feeling, and the extra weight of the Boomba bracket offsets the shorter throw nicely. This is a great upgrade for an amazing price. I couldn't be happier with it. And it's removable, for you guys that modify leased cars.
     
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  4. mrtn

    mrtn Active Member

    Thanks for the write up. I installed mine yesterday and know how time consuming it can be to stop and take pics.

    I got white boomba stickers... But no bottle opener

    I painted mine black before installing to make it blend with the engine more.
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    Also did the shifter bushings. Wish I thought of the lock tight though. Now I'm worried something may come loose and it's a pain to take everything apart.
     
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  5. sti

    sti New Member

    So with all the sales for labor day, this was one of the items I picked up. Did the shifter bushings as well. I had this, an exhaust and a rmm put on yesterday so I cant speak to the install but I am having problems with the shifter. Do either of you have any problems shifting? I find it very hard to find gears (especially 6th) and am wondering if it is installed correctly.
     
  6. mrtn

    mrtn Active Member

    I'm having no problems. Shifts are smooth and easy. I'd check the fitment and make sure nothing is touching. Have someone shift while you look. I know Mountune had this issue with theirs and had to recall their units.
     
  7. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    Looks to me as if Boomba didn't learn from Mountune's mistakes. I had the sixth gear problem with the early model Mountune shift kit and had to remove it before I blew the tranny. If you're having gear engagement problems, I'd recommend that you stop driving until you remove the shift kit.
     
  8. timboslice

    timboslice Active Member

    I wondered about this too. That's why I (selfishly) didn't want to be one of the early adopters. But this might be a one off situation...

    sti, have you tried looking for the 6th gear interference? Look at the pictures Sekred posted on this page:

    http://fiestast.net/threads/quick-shift.432/page-2

    He shows the point of interference with the 2nd linkage really well. Does it look the same?
     
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  9. 70sstrat08

    70sstrat08 Member

    Like others have said there was a similar problem with the mountune units. Just park it in 6th and see if the two linkages are touching.

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    Mountune issue from thread.

    That being said I doubt this would be the case because of how much higher the Boomba shift adapter sits. In addition they claim a 20% reduction, the pre revised mountune was 30%. Make sure nothing is getting in the way of the linkage.

    I got mine through a labor day sale too. With the Cobb RMM it's a great combo. Sorry to hear yours isn't working as well. Let us know what you find.
     
  10. JustinP

    JustinP Member

    I haven't had any trouble shifting any of the gears. Nice and smooth, with positive feel.
     
  11. sti

    sti New Member

    Thanks for the feedback everybody. I dont believe the problem is the part for the same reasons. First thing i did was check the old mountune thread. With those pics and justin's write up, i should have no problem finding the culprit. Unfortunately it has to wait till sat.
     
  12. sti

    sti New Member

    Took a look at everything and the part isnt the problem. Tons of clearance with it on. With justin's great write up had the piece off in 10 minutes, the problem still exists. I had them do the bushings as well and i think when they removed everything the secondary shifter cable got messed up somehow. If i hold the secondary shifter cable, it shifts fine. Mrtn i give u props for doing the bushings as it looked like a lot of extra work. Taking it back to shop to have them sort it.
     
  13. JustinP

    JustinP Member

    Hopefully your problem will be an easy fix. Let us know when it gets figured out.
     
  14. 70sstrat08

    70sstrat08 Member

  15. sti

    sti New Member

    70sstrat! Thank you so much for the link, that was the culprit, took minutes to fix and saved me the hassle of dropping my car off for the day. Cant believe the shop missed that. My thoughts mirror justin's on the short shifter, great addition and no price gouging. Feels great. With the write up it is so easy to do, maybe 30 minutes. Thanks again everybody. Now will wait for the next holiday sale to buy more stuff.
     
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