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How To Install Mustang Fox Body Short Throw Shifter (79-93)

Created by Neal Jimenez
Date Created: 12/30/2016
Last Updated: 6/17/2022

Follow our step-by-step installation instructions on how to install your new short throw shifter in your Fox Body Mustang!

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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 T5 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 mix 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!

Tools Needed:

  • 13mm or 1/2" Socket
  • 6mm Allen Head Wrench
  • Silicon
  • Blue or Red Loctite

Fox Body Short Throw Shifter Installation Steps:

  1. Remove the shift knob
  2. Access shifter:
    1. 1979-1993 - Remove the center console to gain access to your shifter.
    2. 1994-2004 - Remove shift boot around the shifter
  3. Remove the shift handle from the shifter by removing the two bolts holding the shift handle to the shifter assembly.
  4. Remove your (4) bolts retaining the lower shift boot to the floor pan.
  5. Remove the (4) bolts holding the shifter to the transmission.
  6. The original shifter was sealed to the transmission with a gasket-making compound and may require some force to remove. If you choose to use a prying tool, avoid scaring the transmission housing.
  7. Once the original shifter assembly is removed, clean the remaining gasket material from the mounting surface of the transmission.
  8. Loosen the shift stops away from the shift handle to prepare the new shifter for installation.
  9. Remove the original shifter bushing from the original shifter assembly or purchase a new one. Please note that these will not always stay on the shifter assembly and may stay in the shifter turret in the transmission. To prevent the bushing from falling off the shifter during installation, install the bushing to the turret in the transmission to make the installation easier.
  10. Clean the shifter mounting surface with brake cleaner and then apply a bead of black RTV silicone to the mating surface shifter assembly on the transmission.
  11. Install the shifter to the transmission. Tighten the four bolts to 13 lbs/ft.
  12. Shift to 3rd gear, hold the handle forward in 3rd, run the shift stop bolt until it touches the arm, and then back off one full turn. Shift the transmission to 4th, hold the handle back in 4th, run the shift stop bolt until it touches the arm, then back off one full turn. Torque the shift stop bolt jam nuts to 20 ft-lbs. Make sure to run through all gears to ensure no contact on the shift handle. Adjust an additional 1/16th” if the shift stop bolts contact the shift handle in any other gears.
  13. Next, set the centering springs. If your shifter is not self-centering to the position between 3rd and 4th gear, you may change the shifter's tension springs. This is done by removing the two Allen head bolts on either side of the shift handle and using the higher tension springs included with the shifter.
  14. Install the provided shift handle and adapter with the provided bolts.
  15. Re-install the lower shift boot to the floor pan using the previously removed bolts. The boot will have to be cut out in the middle to go around the outer shifter collar under the shift stop bolts. This will prevent the boot from getting pinched between the arm and the shift stop bolts.
  16. Re-install the center console (1979-1993), shift boot, any electrical connections, shift handle, and shift knob.

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Short Throw Shifter Install | Econoshift Shifter 1983-2004 Mustang

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Published on 2013-07-31
We show you how to install a short throw shifter using an Econoshift short throw shifter applicable for the 1983-2004 Ford Mustangs with a T5 or T45 transmission.

Econoshift T5/T45 Short Throw Shifter.
If you're looking to clean up the shifts in your 1983-2004 Mustang, then take a look at this entry-level Econoshift shifter! This billet shifter helps reduce the travel 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
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
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About the Author

Neal has owned a 1996 3.8L, 2003 3.8L (Cobra Swapped), 2003 GT, 1998 3.8L (4.6L SOHC Swapped), 1990 GT Hatchback, 1990 GT Convertible, 2006 GT Single Turbo, and 2011 Twin Turbo/Cammed GT. Read more...