August 15, 2016
BLOWFISH CURES MT82 Shifting blues
I've owned my 2013 GT for two years now and have never been happy with the way that it shifts, just driving around in the street .
It is most noticeable when doing spirited driving wanting to move gear to gear's swiftly . The transmission seems to hang up between certain gears in a inconsistent manner, especially when trying to increase RPM and then change gears soon after.
it seems that the torquing and the moving around of the engine tends to cause this problem.
the factory transmission linkage is mounted to the body of the floor and does not move in unison's with the transmission, preventing the shifter from keeping the linkage alignment and proper sequence with the transmission linkages.
From what I've heard so far there are not any shifters available to truly resolve this issue, despite efforts made by several companies in the making of aftermarket shift linkages.
The MT 83 transmission that was introduced in 2011 has been Notorious for this issue.
Well I can say there is now an answer, with the blowfish bracket installed this transmission shifts as it should, with each gear falling in place much more predictably.
I have wanted to take the car to the track but hesitated as I was not confident that the transmission would find every gear in correct order.
After hearing about the blowfish and the success, I decided to give it a try.
I was not disappointed after installing the blowfish the car shifts tightly with no troubles at all .
This bracket set up seems to isolate the shift linkage away from the body of the car and harnesses it directly to the transmission using the hardware provided .
It was a fairly easy install if you don't mind crawling under the car with it on jackstands as I did .
I was not able to get a torque wrench on all of the bolts which hold the two pieces of the bracket together over the driveshaft however with a couple of box wrenches I was able to torque down the bolts to a reasonable estimated tourque.
The blowfish bracket attached with no trouble to my aftermarket MGW shifter, (which I didn't even know was on my car ) and I have the entire bracket mounted in just about an hour , with only a few tools .
The only downside to converting to this bracket is that you will experience more vibration sensation through the shifter specially higher rpm's in fourth gear .
I do not find it to be a nuisance at all specially normal driving.
I also noticed that going to reverses is also easier.
My recommendation would be to start with the blowfish bracket before even bothering with aftermarket linkages just as a start , to see how the shifting improvements work before spending extra on additional parts.
In my case I was pleasantly surprised to find that previous owner of the car already mounted MGW shifter on it .
I fell short of five stars on my rating only because of the fact that you do experience some vibration through the handle, and the bolts that mounts the two bracket Pieces together was out of reach for a torque wrench ratchet.
I would highly recommend this to anyone even if you do not raise the car no one wants to miss a shift especially with these coyote engines that are fast runnin I would highly recommend this to anyone even if you do not race the car. no one wants to miss a shift especially with these coyote engines that are fast and high revving !
after installing the shift bracket I made it to the dragstrip and did not miss any gears running a 12.7 on street tires for my first time racing the car!