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Mustang Short Throw Shifter Install - SVE Econoshift Shifter (79-01 T5/T45)
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Published on 2013-07-31
Econoshift T5/T45 Short Throw Shifter.
If you're looking to clean up the shifts in your 1983-2001 Mustang, then take a look at this entry-level Econoshift shifter! This billet shifter helps reduce the travel in between gears for a quicker and more positive shift. This not only improves your driving experience but it helps keep excessive wear off of your transmissions internal parts. While it may not be as refined as some of the more expensive shifters, this is an improvement over the factory shifter at an economical price.
- Will not accept aftermarket shifter handles.
- Will accept shift knobs with factory M12x1.75 thread pattern.
- 1983-1995 Ford Mustang 5.0L with T5 transmission
- 1996-2001 Ford Mustang 4.6L with T45 transmission & TR code 6
- 1983-1993 Ford Mustang 2.3L with T5 transmission
- 1994-2004 Ford Mustang 3.8L with T5 transmission
Item # LRS-7210RS
Now our shifter here has a broken shift stop. It keeps backing out and causing some shifting issues. So we're going to go ahead and pull it out of the way and throw in one of our economy shifters. This thing right here is bad to the bone. You're going to have such a shorter shift throw than your stock shifter. It's made out of billet, light weight, has integrated shift stops in it, with lock nuts. That way, you won't have to worry about damaging your T-5 or T-45 transmission.
Now to remove your existing shifter, a 13 millimeter or half inch socket is all you need. Simply pull out the four bolts that hold in the existing shifter. And then break the seal between shifter and the transmission. Pick it up out of the way. Clean the entire area on top of the transmission. Apply a fresh [INAUDIBLE] of Permatech's Ultra Black or something similar. And then you can bolt your new shifter into place.
Now that we've got the new bead of silicone laid into place, went ahead and throw the economy shifter down, tightened up the first three bolts. Now the economy shifter comes with new Allen head hardware and washers to attach it to the transmission. Takes a six millimeter Allen head to tighten those into place. Go ahead and run the last one down here. Just double check the pattern. Catty corner.
All right. Now we're going to set the shift stops. Go ahead and slide it up into third gear. Take your six millimeter Allen socket and run the shift stop in until it barely touches the shifter handle, and then back it out about an eighth of a turn. And then tighten down the lock nut with an adjustable wrench.
And we'll do the same thing. Pull it down into fourth gear. Run that shifter stop up til it barely touches, back it off about an eighth of a turn, and tighten down that lock nut.
Now your shifter stops are set. You won't have to worry about damaging the shift forks inside your transmission. Now we can go ahead and take the lower shift boot, slide it back into place. Unlike some aftermarket shifters, you do not have to trim your shift boot with our economy shifter. Just work it around. Throw your four bolts in. And then you can grab your new handle and slide it into place.
Now this handle has two positions it can be in, fully down or up. We're going to go for the up position here. It has talent Allen head bolts that hold it into place. We recommend a little bit of blue or red Lock Tight to keep these things from backing out. And it takes a five millimeter Allen head to get these into place.
Now once you get these bolts tightened up, you can go ahead, throw in your console, and enjoy your new shifter. Now for more interior restoration videos and tech tips, check out latemodelrestoration.com.