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Mustang Short Shifter Install - (79-00) SVE Econo Shifter T5/T45

Created by Jeff Jimenez
Last Updated 5/17/2021

Need help installing a short throw shifter in your Fox Body Mustang? Watch this install video! We cover step by step what you need to do to get rid of that sloppy factory shifter.

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Tired of that sloppy stock shifter in your Fox Body Mustang? Replace it with one of our many 79-93 Mustang Short Throw Shifters! Watch this video as Jmac shows you how to install a short throw shifter in your Mustang. He decided to install one of our Econoshift t-5 shifters in our red coupe. Installation can be done with or without removing your center console. Removal of your center console makes it easier to access everything. If you need help with this be sure to check out our how to video - How To Remove Your Center Console.

Replacing your factory shifter with any of our performance short throw shifters will help you avoid those embarrassing mis-shifts. They can also help add some life to your transmission with their adjustable shifter stops that help you avoid damaging clutch forks during aggressive driving. Reduce your the chances of miss shifts and reduce your shift throw with any of the shifters listed below!>/p>

How To Install Fox Body Mustang Shifter

  1. First you'll want to unscrew your shift knob.
  2. Then you'll need to remove the shifter bezel/boot assembly. Just pull up on the bezel and the clips will pop the bezel out.
  3. After you remove the bolts you may need a prybar to persuade the shifter to detache itself from the transmission after being on for so long.
  4. Anytime you are replacing the shifter it is highly recommended to change the dampener bushing.
  5. Now grab your new shifter.
  6. Install the shifter and secure it with the four bolts, then put your lower shift boot back on.
  7. Now all you need to do is install the shifter bezel and boot assembly, then screw your shift knob back on and you're ready to row through the gears in your new shifter!

You'll wonder how you went this long with the stock shifter assembly after installing one of our aftermarket short throw shifter.

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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.

Fitment Notes:
- 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.