How To Install Mustang Short Shifter (11-14)
Adding a short shifter to your 2011-2014 Mustang is a great way to upgrade your MT82 transmission. The stock shifter works great, but having a short throw shifter makes getting through those gears quicker and easier. Installation is quick and easy and Late Model Restoration walks you through step by step! These instructions are to be used as a guideline and depending on manufacturer, some steps may have to be taken. For best results, double check your manufacturers instructions for detailed instructions.
- Flat Tip Screwdriver
- 10mm Socket
- PTFE Grease
- Remove the center console top panel by removing your shift knob and pull the shift boot up over the top of the stock shifter to ensure it doesn't catch.
- Next, open your console and gently lift up on the rear of the top panel the clips will pop out of the lower console.
- Unplug your accent lighting if equipped, and also your traction control/trunk switch. Remove the wiring harness for the traction control/trunk buttons and move them to side. Remove the black plastic push pin and remove the insualtion from the transmission tunnel area and pull up on the lower rubber shift boot to access the stock shifter.
- Jack the driver's side of the car up and support it with jack stands. Slide under the car and access the shifter bracket that is located right above the tail shaft of the transmission. Remove the two 10mm nuts on the bracket and begin to move the bracket down off the stufs. Remove the retaining clip on the bracket with a screwdriver and remove the bracket.
- Unbolt the factory shifter by removing the 4 10mm bolts and set the bolts aside to reuse.
- Remove the factory lower shift bushing from the stock shifter and install onto your new shifter and lubricate the shifter ball and bushing.
- Drop the new shifter into place and bolt it down with the factory hardware being sure not to overtighten.
- If your shifter includes a new shift bracket, you will need to disassemble the bracket by removing the 4 hex head screws. Once this is disassembled, you will need to slide the thin back plate onto the tail of the shifter housing, following by the black bushing and then the larger portion of the bracket. The "Barton" on the Bracket should face towards the rear of the Mustang. After you get the bushing pressed into the back of the bracket housing, simply re-install the 4 hex head screws with an allen wrench. This part can be a little tricky, but take your time and everything should bolt together perfectly
- Once you have finished re-assembling the shifter bracket on to the shifter housing, you will need to lift up on the rear of the housing and re-install the two (2) 10MM nuts. After you have tightened the nuts, hop back up top and move the shifter around to ensure there is no binding and that the bracket is flush against the body of the Mustang.
- Now you can lower your Mustang back to the ground and reassemble the console pieces. Make sure to install the lower shift boot correctly and plug in all of your harnesses when reinstalling the upper console panel. Slip your stock upper shift boot back down on to the new Barton shifter and reinstall your shift knob.