Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
March 05, 2012
No more notchiness and half the cost of the big brand names!
I have been researching shifters for a while for my 11 GT. Since day one I have had a notchy shift from first to second gear, primarily when it was colder and have had it at the dealership 3 times since. First they told me to give it break-in time and it would get better, then they told me it was something they all did and nothing could be done and to give it more time, then they told me they could not reproduce the issue themselves. Now I have a good dealership and after reading the forums and researching the other shifters I knew it was something I wanted to try myself. I watched the installs on YouTube and there appears to be two basically different kinds of shifters available. I had all but decided to go with the Barton or Steeda when American Muscle brought out their own for a lot less than half cost. I figured I had nothing to lose with American Muscle's customer service the way it is.
Took about 30 minutes with the front end on Jack Stands, very straightforward and easy install. They include a 2nd spring and 3 little spacers for the reverse lockout. I tried it with the one that came with first and found it very heavy and more difficult to engage than the factory shifter so I did the swap, all of 3 minutes. Much better and about the same as factory. The shifter is very high quality and sturdier than the factory one. Shift throw is not that much reduced in fore and aft movement, but it is a lot closer in the right to left gates. It is a very secure, mechanical, snick-snick shifter now. No more 2nd gear grinding either. I am very pleased with everything. There were truly no negatives with this and since it retains the factory knob nobody even knows it is there.
I LOVE American Muscle, they make great products and back them with free shipping and the best technical service around.