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stuff you need
universal shift knob
wire ties
flathead screwdriver
big pipe pliers
and torq set
and wire cutters

well to cut your shifter. i would recomend getting another one. if you can get one out of a junked cougar or focus this would really help you if you dont like it. im tried so im going to type this up quick if you have any questions let me know and i ll do my best to help you

1. remove the shift knob, by turning it counter clock wise. remove the spring and the lil cloth washer and the rubber tube
2. remove the ashtray, this is done by pulling straight out.
3. grab the plastic piece under where the ashtray used to be that is connected to the shift boot. and you kinda want to lift and pull to the driver side door
4. the shift boot and the reverse lock should slide right off. since you are cutting the shifter down and you are removing the lock out feature anyway cut the wire tie that hold the shoft boot onto the plastic reverse lock tube
5. put it in 3rd gear. and hold it up in 3rd and with a long flathead screwdriver pry the ball and joint socket away from each other. ( this joint is located under the actual shift assembly. just follow the shift stick all the way to the bottom and youll find it.)
6. next step be very careful!!!!! there is a retaining clip(looks like a "C" and it has a small tab on it). my retaining clip was metal so i took the screw driver and put the flathead part on the tab and gave it a lil nudge and it slide right off. if your is plastic i recomend going and getting another one made outa metal. but if you are brave enough to go on , then try to carefully and gently remove it . it slides right out.
7. once the retaining clip is out the centering spring should slide right out of the shift assembly.
8. use a torq wrench or bits and remove the 4 bolts on the top of the assembly. (youll know them when you see them. they are the 4 copper color bolts looking right at you and are the only real bolts down there)
9. Ok this is where you could go 1 of 2 ways. 1 being if you went out and got a shifter from a focus and you have the rubber casing and the plastic swivel joint then you should be set, this is also true if you just wanna use the shifter you have now. 2 being you have just the stick .
10 if you are using a shifter that has the rubber casing and plastic swivel joint or are using the stock shifter then the reat is simple. all you have to do is to cut to a desired length. test it out by putting a universal knob on and seeing where you want the boot to rest. once you selected a place wrap some tape around the stick.
11. now to reinstall , just repeat steps 1-9 in reverse but before you put the knob back on take the shift boot put a new wire tie in and pull the smaller down (kinda like inside out"and tighten the tie and it should sit nicely then replace the knob and you have your self a home made short shifter.

quick note, i found that if you use a pair of big pipe pliers to put the ball and socket joint back together works very well. pm if you need anymore info
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