1983-00 Mustang SVE Mongoose T5/T45 Short Throw Shifter Installation Instructions

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

Installation Instructions

Step 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)
Step 2:
Remove the factory shift handle with a 10mm wrench
Step 3:
Remove the four 8mm bolts holding the inner rubber shift boot plate, and remove the boot
Step 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

Step 5:
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
Step 6:
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
Step 7:
Scrape away any remaining gasket material off of the transmission, and clean off any oil, or dirt
Step 8:
Make sure the plastic bushing is still in the transmission, or on the end of the shifter
Step 9:
Apply a thin bead of silicone gasket marker to the transmission surface
Step 10:
Install the new shifter using the new bolts provided, DO NOT reuse factory bolts, as they are too short for the new shifter
Step 11:
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.

Step 12:
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.)
Step 13:
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
Step 14:
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

Step 15:
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

Installation instructions provided by Steeda

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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.