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How To Install Mustang SVE Mongoose Short Throw Shifter (T5/T45)

Created by Taylor Ward
Date Created: 12/14/2016
Last Updated: 2/16/2022

Get quicker, and more positive shifts with our SVE Mongoose Short Throw Shifter for T5/T45 transmission applications, and never miss a gear again!

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How To Install Mustang SVE Mongoose T5/T45 Short Throw Shifter

Tools Needed:

  • 8mm, 10mm, & 13mm Sockets and Wrench
  • Silicon

Installation Instructions

  1. Unscrew the shift knob, and remove the shift boot, and console cover plate assembly. (Push your fingers into the boot, hook your fingers under the console plate, and lift up)

  2. Remove the factory shift handle with a 10mm wrench

  3. Remove the four 8mm bolts holding the inner rubber shift boot plate, and remove the boot

  4. Remove the four 13mm bolts holding the factory shifter to the transmission. Remove the shifter from the transmission. You may have to pry the shifter from the transmission because the adhesive sealant bonds the shifter to it. The easiest way to break it free is to put the handle back on, and pull on it sideways


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  6. Make sure the plastic bushing is still in the transmission where the shift lever moves the gear selector. If it is not there, look for it on the end of the shifter, as sometimes it comes out with the stock shifter

  7. Transfer the plastic bushing from the end of the factory shifter to the new shifter. Pry it off with a screwdriver, and snap it on

  8. Scrape away any remaining gasket material off of the transmission, and clean off any oil, or dirt

  9. Make sure the plastic bushing is still in the transmission, or on the end of the shifter

  10. Apply a thin bead of silicone gasket marker to the transmission surface

  11. Install the new shifter using the new bolts provided, DO NOT reuse factory bolts, as they are too short for the new shifter

  12. Set the shifter stops as follows: A) Back off the stop bolts so that the shifter moves freely into all gears. B) Place the shifter in third gear. Push forward firmly on the lever while turning the stop bolt in by hand until it contacts the shift lever. Once the stop bolt contacts the shift lever, back off the bolt 1/6 turn, until there is a small air gap (about .010") between the shift lever and the stop, while still applying pressure to the lever. Pushing on the lever takes all of the slack or play out of the linkage, ensuring you get the proper adjustment. C) Hold the bolt with a 1/2” wrench while tightening the jam nut against the shifter tower with another wrench. D) Double check the space between the shift lever and the stop bolt. When you push very hard on the shift lever it should barely contact the stop bolt, but when you let go of the lever it should not touch the bolt, but instead have a small air gap between them. E) Place the shifter in second gear and adjust the other stop bolt as outlined above. F) Shift the shifter through all gears and double check the stop clearance in each gear. The shifter must be able to shift freely into all gears without interference from the stop bolts.


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  14. Place the BootGuard washer over the shift lever. (The large washer slips over the top of the lever and slides down until it sits on the “step” in the lever.)

  15. Place the inner shift boot over the shift lever until it rests on the BootGuard. (This is the rubber boot which bolts to the transmission tunnel, not the rubber boot which was attached to the factory shifter.) Reinstall the inner boot with the four factory bolts

  16. Install the console cover plate, shift boot and knob. Important: Always use an anti-seize compound on the threads when installing an aluminum shift knob onto the shift handle


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  18. Install the new shift handle at the desired position with the two bolts (8mm x 25mm long) and lock washers provided. Tighten bolts securely with a wrench. Install the handle in the higher position for the greatest driver comfort. Install the handle in the lower position for the shortest throw


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