Installation Time: Afternoon
December 08, 2012
Easy install, great results!!!
I installed the shifter and the two post bracket on my '13 GT in the driveway. I put the front end up on ramps and realized that my ever widening body wouldn't fit under the middle of the car to reach the shifter bracket. I chocked the front tires on the ramps and jacked the back end off the ground and put jack stands under the rear. With the car on the ramps, jack stands and jack the car was stable enough to climb under. Not a lot of room to spare, but enough to wiggle under. I followed the directions and was finished in under 2 hours. The factory rubber shifter boot wasn't too hard to reinstall once I figured out that it sits in the groove at the bottom on the shifter. There is no way to get a good picture of what the boot looks like installed because it is covered by the upper part of the boot. If it isn't in the groove properly it will let road grit into the shifter mechanism. Once I had the boot reinstalled I climbed back under the car to make sure it was in the groove, all the way around and it was.
The shifter makes a little more noise than the stock unit, but the difference in positive shifting is well worth a little noise. The shifter now feels like it is connected to the car as opposed to feeling like it's sitting on a rubber mount (which it was). Shifting in the upper RPM range there is no question whether it will go into 3rd anymore. I'm not sure how much of an advantage the reduced throw is, but the positive shifting is a definite advantage. I would recommend it for a daily driver, I got used to it by the time I drove out of the neighborhood.
I chose this over the Hurst shifter (owned and loved many Hurst shifters) because there is no way I would let someone drive my car without reverse lockout. I would be worried they would back into someone pulling away from a stop light (led indicator or not).