How To: Install Mustang Blowfish Racing Shifter Support Bracket (11-14 MT82)

Posted 10/30/2015 by Landan Durham

Dramatically improve shifting accuracy with Blowfish Racing's 2011-2014 Mustang shifter support bracket!

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Blowfish Racing Shifter Support Bracket

If you’re absolutely fed up with the negative effects of the MT-82 transmission such as missed shifts, grinding gears and high RPM lockout, then you should without question consider a Blowfish Racing shifter support bracket.

This Blowfish Racing bracket is designed with several key features to help the rather sloppy performance from a factory spec MT-82 transmission. The factory shifter is actually connected to a body mount, which causes the shifter to twist under load or spirited driving. This Blowfish bracket removes the body mount and attaches as a support link from the back of the shifter to the transmission. This keeps the shifter and transmission in line with one another at all times for perfect, precise shifts.

The Blowfish Racing bracket will greatly improve shifting accuracy, even with a factory shifter. Each bracket kit will come powder coated in the ever-so-popular Ford Blue, as well as all of the needed hardware and extremely detailed installation instructions are in the box. As an added bonus, the Blowfish Racing engineers integrated a NHRA legal driveshaft safety loop which will further save you some cash since you won’t have to add one later on down the road.

This support bracket is designed to work with 2011-2014 Mustang V6, GT, and the Boss 302 equipped with the MT82 transmission.


Required Tools

  • Socket Set
  • 12" Extension
  • Wobble Socket
  • PTFE Grease
  • Jack
  • Jack Stands

Installation Instructions

  1. To begin installation, place the car on a lift or jack stands.
  2. You do not have to remove the exhaust or driveshaft for this install.
  3. Loosen the transmission to cross member bolts, but do not remove.
  4. Loosen the bolts to allow a little more than a quarter inch gap between the underside of the bolt head and cross member.
  5. Position the lower bracket over the bolts using the center “keyhole” as a reference point.
  6. Torque the bolts to 45 lb/ft.
  7. Locate the rear shifter support bracket and remove the factory bracket from the car with a 10mm deep socket and 12 inch extension.
  8. If your car is equipped with an aftermarket shifter base bracket like this one, it needs to be removed as well.
  9. Position the upper clamp over the shifter base.
  10. Position the lower clamp with half pins under the shifter base.
  11. Slide the clamp assembly as far back as it will go and then torque the supplied hardware to 25 lb/ft.
  12. Position the upper bracket over the driveshaft.
  13. If needed, apply a small amount of lubricant to the clamp bracket bushings to help with installation of the half pins on the shifter base clamp assembly.
  14. Slide the clamp bracket over the half pins.
  15. Install the clamp bracket to the upper bracket with the supplied 6mm Allen bolts and torque to 45 lb/ft.
  16. Position the eight M10 bolts and nuts into the upper bracket with the head of the bolt facing toward the outside.
  17. Loosely tighten the nuts.
  18. Push up on the bracket as high as it will go, but make sure it does not bottom out on the shifter.
  19. Tighten the eight M10 bolts to 45 lb/ft.
  20. Double check your work and you're all done.

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Mustang Blowfish Racing Shifter Support Bracket Install (11-14 MT82)

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Published on 2015-10-27
This Blowfish Racing bracket is designed with several key features to help the rather sloppy performance from a factory spec MT-82 transmission. The factory shifter is actually connected to a body mount, which causes the shifter to twist under load or spirited driving. This Blowfish bracket removes the body mount and attaches as a support link from the back of the shifter to the transmission. This keeps the shifter and transmission in line with one another at all times for perfect, precise shifts.

The Blowfish Racing bracket will greatly improve shifting accuracy, even with a factory shifter. Each bracket kit will come powder coated in the ever-so-popular Ford Blue, as well as all of the needed hardware and extremely detailed installation instructions are in the box. As an added bonus, the Blowfish Racing engineers integrated a NHRA legal driveshaft safety loop which will further save you some cash since you won’t have to add one later on down the road.

This support bracket is designed to work with 2011-2014 Mustang V6, GT, and the Boss 302 equipped with the MT82 transmission.

Mustang Fitment: 2011 (11), 2012 (12), 2013 (13), 2014 (14) V6, GT, Boss 302 w/ MT82
Transcript
What’s going on everybody? Landan here with Late Model Restoration. Today I’m going to be giving you my rundown on Blowfish Racing’s shifter support bracket fitting your MT-82 equipped 11-14 Mustang.

If you’re absolutely fed up with the negative effects of the MT-82 transmission such as missed shifts, grinding gears and high RPM lockout, then you should without question consider a Blowfish Racing shifter support bracket.

This Blowfish Racing bracket is designed with several key features to help the rather sloppy performance from a factory spec MT-82 transmission. The factory shifter is actually connected to a body mount, which causes the shifter to twist under load or spirited driving. This Blowfish bracket removes the body mount and attaches as a support link from the back of the shifter to the transmission. This keeps the shifter and transmission in line with one another at all times for perfect, precise shifts.

The Blowfish Racing bracket will greatly improve shifting accuracy, even with a factory shifter. Each bracket kit will come powder coated in the ever-so-popular Ford Blue, as well as all of the needed hardware and extremely detailed installation instructions are in the box. As an added bonus, the Blowfish Racing engineers integrated a NHRA legal driveshaft safety loop which will further save you some cash since you won’t have to add one later on down the road.

This support bracket is designed to work with 2011-2014 Mustang V6, GT, and the Boss 302 equipped with the MT82 transmission. So follow along fellas, as I walk you through the detailed steps on installing Blowfish Racing’s shifter support bracket into this 2011 Kona Blue GT. First, a little disclosure on this install; I did remove the driveshaft to provide you guys with a little more understanding of what’s going on. However, this install can be done with the driveshaft and exhaust still in place.

To begin installation, place the car on a lift or jack stands. You do not have to remove the exhaust or driveshaft for this install. Loosen the transmission to cross member bolts, but do not remove. Loosen the bolts to allow a little more than a quarter inch gap between the underside of the bolt head and cross member. Position the lower bracket over the bolts using the center “keyhole” as a reference point. Torque the bolts to 45 lb/ft. Locate the rear shifter support bracket and remove the factory bracket from the car with a 10mm deep socket and 12 inch extension.

If your car is equipped with an aftermarket shifter base bracket like this one, it needs to be removed as well. Position the upper clamp over the shifter base. Position the lower clamp with half pins under the shifter base. Slide the clamp assembly as far back as it will go and then torque the supplied hardware to 25 lb/ft. Position the upper bracket over the driveshaft. If needed, apply a small amount of lubricant to the clamp bracket bushings to help with installation of the half pins on the shifter base clamp assembly.

Slide the clamp bracket over the half pins. Install the clamp bracket to the upper bracket with the supplied 6mm Allen bolts and torque to 45 lb/ft. Position the eight M10 bolts and nuts into the upper bracket with the head of the bolt facing toward the outside. Loosely tighten the nuts. Push up on the bracket as high as it will go, but make sure it does not bottom out on the shifter. Tighten the eight M10 bolts to 45 lb/ft.
Double check your work and you're all done.


As far as installation goes guys, allow yourself roughly an hour to an hour and a half from start to finish. This is something you can do by yourself in your own garage. The only recommendation I have for you is, get the car as high as you can if you’re working off of jack stands.

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