Installation Time: Afternoon
September 29, 2013
FRPP shifter and 2-post bracket
This shifter is by and far the best mod I have done to my 2013 5.0 to date. Why this is not a stock part from the factory actually upsets me. Clearly a corporate move to save cost, but come on! Even the BOSS came with the same sub-par shifter. At least have it as a dealer option! I would have gladly paid an extra few hundred $ on the sticker price to have this in it!
The fit and finish of the shifter arm and assembly and the 2-post bracket is flawless. The anodized blue is actually really good looking, and I'm a bit upset that it gets covered by the shift boot. Everything fits perfectly, and bolts right in with ease. The 2-post bracket is a bit more challenging to get on, but really not hard at all. The hardest part actually is removing the stock bracket. I wish I could post a pic with this review for those who have not seen it.. This bracket, which is supposed to keep your entire shift housing in place and stable, is nothing more than a big hunk of soft rubber that is literally zip-tied.. PLASTIC ZIP-TIED! .. to a half inch wide strip of metal with a couple bolt holes in it. This is approximately 90% of the reason that many, myself included, experience the lock-out effect under spirited driving, and the notchy feel and the "ghost" missed shifts.. It is because the stock bracket is garbage, and allows the shift housing to flex and torque, which then misaligns the control arm that your shifter controls, thus the problems.
Once installed, the shifter will feel quite firm, especially compared to the stock one. This is normal, and desired. The reverse lock-out is retained on this model, which is a feature I prefer. In my opinion, unless you are a really advanced driver, having the reverse located in that spot in the tree on a 6-speed is really tough to work with. The Hurst shifter for the 2011+ 5.0's is a great example of this. It does not have the reverse lock-out, and it is REALLY easy to think you are in 1st but be in R, and the throw from 1-2, unless executed with utmost precision, is going to hit the R-gate, making for sloppy, notchy shifts with lots of clunks. The FRPP model is superior by far.
Another issue I would like to address is the increase in Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) that many are reporting. Please keep in mind: the increase is there, but it is slight. Some people make it seem as though once it's put in it starts shouting at you or something.. not true. This piece is made of all-aluminum, and as I said, very solid. The 2-post bracket replaces a hunk of rubber, which deadened a lot of sound, but, remember those awful shifts..? The main difference I have noticed between this and the stocker is the sound of the shift movement. The stock has a sort-of "clunk/thunk" when shifting, where as the FRPP has a very crisp, sharp metallic "snap." To me it is pleasing, and conjures up the felling of a much higher performance race car, and the feeling enhances that even more. If you are wondering about any increase in noise because of any rattling or looseness of components, there is NONE. In fact, this is far more solid than the stock piece, and running through the tree solidifies that. Since the stock insulation and boot are re-used on this installation, there is no additional road noise or anything like that.
Another positive point on this shifter is its' fit and compatibility. The 2011, '12, and very few '13 models have a slightly different reverse lock-out gate height, which for any other aftermarket shifter is a problem, because they may not be compatible. The FRPP shifter has that handled. If you have a later model 2013, or 2014, then you simply need to loosen the allen nut on the shift shaft, rotate the plate 180 degrees then re-tighten. Problem solved.
Overall I highly recommend this shifter to ANYONE and EVERYONE with a 6spd 2011+ Mustang. I am beyond pleased with the performance of it, and it looks awesome.
Everything above said, unless you really want the Ford Racing ball and the anodized blue arm and ford racing logo, both of which get covered up by your shift boot, you can save yourself a little bit of $ by getting the Barton shifter and 2-post package. Ford actually outsources production of this part to Barton, the ONLY difference between the FRPP model and the Barton is the shift ball, and the anodizing. Other than that, same EXACT part. Like I said, I got the FRPP one because I wanted the white Ford Racing ball. It looks just too good. If you can live without the sweet Ford Racing ball, or want to customize yours with a different ball, you have the option to go with the Barton and save some money.