|How To Install a Short Throw Shifter on a Mustang GT|
REMOVING THE FACTORY SHIFTER
Note: this install is shown on my 1997 Cobra. Fox owners will have more work involved with accessing the shifter bolts due to console interference. You can grind the console away for bolt clearance with a dremel tool or something similar, or you might remove the console entirely. '86 & earlier owners will be removing the console for sure.
2. Remove the factory shift handle with a 10mm wrench.
3. Remove the four bolts (8mm) holding the inner rubber shift boot plate and remove the boot.
4. Remove the four bolts (13mm) holding the factory shifter to the transmission. Remove the shifter from the transmission. You may have to pry the shifter from the transmission because the adhesive sealant bonds the shifter to it. A quick blow to the base (not lever) with a block of wood will break the shifter free without damaging it.
**YES, I whack the shifter lever with my block of wood & hammer. Always have, always will, never had a problem. If you do, & you break something, you're on your own!**
6. Scrape any remaining gasket material off the transmission and clean off any oil or dirt.
7. Make sure the plastic bushing is still in the transmission (see step 5).
8. Apply a bead of silicone gasket maker to the transmission mounting surface.
9. Install the new shifter using the new bolts provided (8mm x 1.25
x 20mm long stainless steel). Don??t reuse the factory bolts, they are
too short for the new shifter.
a) Back off the stop bolts so that the shifter moves freely into all gears
12. Place the inner shift boot over the shift lever until it rests on the BootGuard. (This is the rubber boot which bolts to the transmission tunnel, not the rubber boot which was attached to the factory shifter.) Reinstall the inner boot with the four factory bolts.
13. Install the new shift handle at the desired position with the two bolts (8mm x 25mm long) and lock washers provided. Tighten bolts securely with a wrench. It is recommended that the handle be installed in the higher position for the greatest driver comfort. For the shortest throw, install the handle in the lower position.
**I gotta tell ya, I initially set it up for the shorter throws. I
can take it, I figured. I'm hard core. I installed the shifter on a
Sunday afternoon; during my lunch break on Monday, I was out in the
parking lot, moving that sucker up to the higher position. Like I said,
**Important: Always use an anti-seize compound on the threads if installing an aluminum shift knob. (I'm in Arizona; the last thing I need is a metal shift knob. Besides, the factory Cobra knob rocks.)**
There we go, all done! It took maybe an hour, & makes a world of difference in the way the car feels. I'm looking forward to not lifting off the gas during upshifts on my next trip to the track! ;)
There is 1 comment
December 27, 2011 - 12:43 PM
Subject: Looks simple
Do you think it would be the same on a 3.8? I didn't see you mention you had to pull the transmission, so it's a fairly simple bolt on that I can do in my garage right?
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