1979-93 Mustang Fox Body Short Throw Shifter Installation Instructions

Tired of that sloppy stock shifter in your Fox Body Mustang? Replace it with one of our many 79-93 Mustang short throw shifters to keep your Fox Body shifting like a dream!

How To Install Fox Body Mustang Short Throw Shifter

Step 1:
Start the process by unscrewing your current shift knob.

Step 2:
Then you need to remove the shifter bezel, and boot assembly. Simply pull up on the bezel and the clips will pop the bezel out.

Step 3:
Remove the 4 bolts that hold in the existing shifter. A small pry bar may be required to help remove the shifter from the transmission.

Step 4:
We highly recommend replacing the dampener bushing anytime you change your shifter.

Step 5:
Install the shifter by securing it with the same four bolts you removed

Step 6:
With the shifter bolted down, move the shifter into 3rd gear, and tighten down the shift stops until they barely touch the shifter handle, and then back it out about 1/8th of a turn, and tighten down the lock nut with an adjustable wrench

Step 7:
Now pull down the shifter into 4th gear, and repeat the same steps for the lower shift stop

Step 8:
Now install the shifter bezel, and the boot assembly, and screw your shift knob back on, and the installation of your new shifter is complete!

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

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Published on 2013-07-31
Jmac shows you how to install the new Econoshift Mustang short throw shifter for your stang equipped with a T45 or a T5 transmission. This billet shifter helps reduce the travel in between gears to get a quicker and more positive shift while giving your Mustang the nostalgic appearance. It will have your Mustang powershifting in no time.This not only improves your driving experience but it helps keep excessive ware off of your transmissions internal parts. At this affordable price and with free shipping, how could you not want one?! Don't forget to add a new 5.0Resto, SVE, Steeda, Hurst or Ford Racing Mustang shift knob to finish off your short throw shift install

Features & Benefits
Short Throw Shifting
Precise Gear Changes
Prolonged Transmission Life
Nostalgic Styling
Easy Installation
Billet Shifter Design
Positive Shift Stops
Self Centering Alignment
Fits T5/T45 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 latemodelrestoration.com.