Damond Motorsports Mazdaspeed Short Shift Plate Install guide
Posted on May 12 2016
The Damond Motorsports SSP works by moving the ball on which the shifter cable is mounted closer to the input selector fork, thus reducing the throw of the shifts. The shifter itself retains the factory height. The SSP attaches to the transmission shifter assembly in a slide over and under fashion, and is locked into place with the included hardware. The hardware supplied allows the SSP to be installed with or without the factory shift weight.
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The buyer/user assumes all risk as to quality, performance and use of these products and agrees to hold DD2, Inc. DBA Damond Motorsports (“DM”) and its representatives not responsible for any injury, loss, or damage; including any and all incidental or consequential damages arising from the sale, installation, or use of our products.
Many parts are intended for “OFF ROAD ” and “RACING” applications only. It is suggested that State and Federal emission regulation be checked, to see whether or not this product complies with those laws. Read through the instruction guide thoroughly, before attempting this install. Do not install any components while the engine is running or shortly after the car has been running. Give the car some time to cool down. Failure to install this product correctly, or failure to remove/reinstall existing components correctly, could result in poor running conditions, or even component and engine failure, which the sole user of this product is responsible for. The install instructions are intended to guide you on how to install this product properly. Only an experienced mechanic should perform this install. In addition, DM, and its representatives reserve the right to modify and or discontinue parts without notice. If you the user/buyer of this product do not agree with the above, contact DM immediately, to discuss a possible return of our product for a full refund minus shipping costs, and other fees.
Needle nose pliers
13mm or similar
If your car is equipped with the factory air box, begin by removing the air box. Unclip the top portion of the box, via the 4 metal clips(green circles). Loosen the 10mm hose clamp holding the top of the box to the intake tube(red circle). Pull the top of the air box out of the intake tube, and set it aside(caution the MAF sensor will still be plugged in, if you wish to remove the air box completely, disconnect the negative terminal of the battery 10mm, and unplug the MAF sensor).
Remove the air filter, and set it aside. Remove the lower portion of the air box by pulling straight up. It is held in place by rubber grommets.
If you have a short ram intake, begin by removing the filter, generally 10mm or 8mm hose clamp(red circle). Refer to the manufactures instructions.
If you have a cold air intake equipped, you may not need to remove it, since there is space around the piping to install the SSP. However, if you wish to remove it for more working space, refer to the manufactures instructions.
Locate the shifter assembly selector fork and shift cables on top of the transmission(circled in green).
Remove the factory shift weight, held in by two 12mm bolts(circled in green). It helps to have a long extension to get better access to the bolts. Hold the weight in one hand, to prevent the shifter assembly from moving.
Remove the factory shift cable from the ball stud on the shifter fork. Using a 13mm wrench, or similar, or needle nose pliers, slide it under the cable and around the ball stud, and press down. This will apply pressure to the force to pop the cable off of the ball stud.
Install the DM SSP onto the selector fork. First place the elongated groove on the SSP on the ball stud of the selector fork. Slide the SSP so that it is locked in place on the selector fork ball stud. Turn the SSP to align the shift weight bolt holes of the selector fork over the SSP bolt holes(down, slide, turn indicated by blue arrows).
With the supplied hardware, you may either reuse the factor weight, or use no weight. To reuse the factory weight, install the two supplied 13mm bolts into the weight, along with the two supplied lock washers. To delete the factory weight, install the two supplied 13mm bolts into the bolt holes, and use the two supplied 13mm lock nuts, to lock the SSP in place.
Reinstall the shifter cable onto the SSP ball stud by pressing down the end of the cable until it pops onto the ball stud.
Reinstall the intake/filter assembly.
Perform a quick test inside the vehicle to insure the shifter shifts properly.
Congratulations! You have installed the Damond Motorsports Short Shift Plate. Go for a drive, and experience the shorter and precise shifting the DM SSP has to offer.
Failure to follow the instruction included in your purchase from DD2, Inc. DBA Damond Motorsports (“DM) could result in property damage or personal injury. Prior to installation the instructions should be read carefully. Please check our website for updated instructions or other related product information before installing. Professional installation is highly recommended by a certified mechanic. In no circumstances should installation be attempted unless the car has been shut off and the engine is cooled.
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