Ford saved $2 per car by installing a terrible shift bracket.
May 12, 2014
This bracket is a great little improvement to the shifter. I'd easily recommend it to anyone. It's a complete no-brainer.
Why doesn't the car come with this from the factory? To understand this, let's look at how the car comes from the factory. The stock shift bracket is basically a u-shaped piece of metal with a spongy bushing that eliminates noise and vibration from the drivetrain to the body at the cost of a firm shifter feel. Basically, the bean counters over at Ford said, "well, we can save a few bucks per car and make it quieter if we add some play in the bracket." When manufacturing a million cars, this small cheap part adds up to a lot.
If you like driving, and chances are you do since you bought a mustang, this part is for you. Shifter feel is fantastic, gear changes are much more firm and confidant. Changing gear provides a great clicking sound when getting into gear, but nothing that would seem strange or compromising to the ride or integrity of the car. This is because the new bushing is so much more firm compared to the loose sponge that came from the factory.
My only complaint is that it was tricky to install. You have to get under the car to see the bracket, cool exhausts are an absolute must, and you'll have to work blind half the time since it's in a very inconvenient spot. The new bushing is almost impossible to get on. It just won't slip over the shifter housing unless some major muscle is applied. Very tricky to do if you're under the car. As with some other reviewers, I had to cut mine, but it doesn't make a difference to the application. This specific part is being phased out and I think the new version may address this. Also, there is a little rubber rectangle that comes with the part. It reminds me of one of these square erasers from school. Don't forget it!. It almost was thrown out with the box it was shipped in. It's pretty important as it goes between the new bracket and the body. If you were to just put the bracket on the body without it and bolt it down, I could see how it would create a lot of vibrations or noise that many would consider too enthusiastic for daily driving.
This should be your first mod. No doubt about it. Go for it.