(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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- How to Install a Hurst Shifter for 2005-2010 Mustang GT
Hi, I’m Justin with AmericanMuscle.com, and today we’re going to be taking a closer look at the Hurst competition plus shifter for all 2005-2010 Mustang GTs. Hurst is without a doubt the biggest name in shifters and has been ever since the late 60s when it was a favorite amongst drag racers everywhere. We’re going to be taking a closer look at this Hurst shifter but first, we’re going to take our 06 GT out and get a feel for the stock shifter, before we go installing our Hurst. Alright so we’re out here in our 06 GT before we install our Hurst competition shifter and honestly our stock shifter feels like what you’d think it’d feel like, it’s a stock shifter. The throws are kind of long, the actions are kind of sloppy but all in all it’s what you’d expect from a normal daily driver shifter from the factory. So with that said let’s get our car back to the shop, talk a little bit more about that Hurst shifter, and get it installed. Taking a closer look at this shifter itself, there’s no denying it’s a Hurst. We have that iconic name engraved on the chrome shift handle, and that white ball style knob that instantly gives it all away. As for the business side of things, we’re looking at a full steel construction, that, once you feel the weight of this thing, you know it’s ready to handle some hard shifts. Looks like we also have some high performance polyurethane bushings as well, which should really help in firming everything up. As for the performance side of things, the comp plus from Hurst is going to reduce your throw distance by up to 40%, making for much shorter and quicker throws. In addition to that, the beefed up components along with those poly bushings I mentioned earlier are really going to firm up the shifting experience, giving a much more positive feeling as you’re rolling through the gears. This is also going to get rid of some of that sloppiness you probably felt with your stock shifter. Installing this shifter from Hurst will take you about 2 hours and does require you to crawl around underneath the car a little bit, so just make sure you have your jack stands ready. Other than that though, this is a simple bolt on installation, that should really give you no problems whatsoever. Now that we have the comp plus bolted up on our 06 GT behind me, we’re going to get it out of the shop one more time and see how this shifter feels compared to stock. Getting back into the car for the second time after the Hurst has been installed, two things immediately jumped out at me, first the appearance. I just love the look of these Hurst shifters, I drove a 4 speed Muncie car back in high school, equipped with a big old Hurst shifter and I guess I get a little nostalgic every time I see another one, that’s because they haven’t really changed much over the years I mean they keep using the same design, and it works for them, it really does, it looks great in the interior. But enough about the looks, we’re all about performance here and this thing really performs. The throws are so short, I mean just slipping this thing into gear for the first time you can immediately tell this thing means business. Just driving a car casually here it’s nice, you can just leave your arm on the arm rest, slip the car into gear with your arm still on the arm rest, which is great for lazy drivers like myself, but when you really want to hammer it you can just muscle it into gear and this thing will do whatever you want it to. So overall I really dig the Hurst shifter this is a comp plus, not quite as firm as the Billet competition plus, that might just be because of their design, but I like it, it seems to go into gear a little easier than the Billet version. Definitely like it, definitely makes a great improvement over our stock shifter here on our GT, so be sure to check it out right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
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Technical Note. This Hurst shifter includes a shift knob and handle with a unique thread pattern to Hurst. The factory Mustang shift knob (and aftermarket knobs) will not fit this Hurst shifter.
Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Details
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February 01, 2020
A very easy install and I love it. The short shifts are great and the handle itself looks so much better.Helpful (0)
January 19, 2020
Nice fit, very clean piece.
It's a great peice, the construction is solid, the bushings are great too. It came to me wrapped perfectly no scratches in the finish at all, it has a good solid feel once installed and gives the car a good look. The install was pretty straight forward, the only issue it gave me was getting the shifter through the tunnel in and out. Contrary to what they say you dont have to drop the transmission mount, you can slide the tail end though the tunnel and past that piece without too much of a fight, but a lift is reccomended, your going to want some room to work with. It took me about 2 and a half hours, from start to finish no power tools needed, but would probably speed things up where it can reach. Overall I'm really happy with it, the handle is beautiful and the shift knob clashes really well with the black interior, not too mention the throw is about an inch from first to second.Helpful (0)
December 23, 2019
Has a "notchy" feel to it which I personally like along with the other obvious benefits such as throw reduction and aesthetics. No problems thus farHelpful (0)
November 13, 2019
Hurst short throw shifter
The item is really good and notciy. After awile you prob get to use to it.Helpful (0)
October 30, 2019
Its a good shifter, definitely reduced the throw. It looks good, feels good. Alot of people are complaining that it is hard to get into gear. It's a little stiffer but that is what its supose to be, it's technically made for racing/track so what do you expect. I like how the shifts are a little stiffer in my personal opinoin, it's nice when you get on it you can feel that it went into gear so you dont miss one.Helpful (0)
October 11, 2019
This was the perfect first upgrade for my car, especially after frequently missing 3rd gear with the stock shifter. With the supplied 6" lever shifting felt a little notchy and high-effort, so I fitted the Hurst 5387328 8" lever. Now the shift feel and lever travel is perfect (for me anyway). Somewhere between drag car and sports car. The unit looks very well built, with what look like industrial-strength components. Installation was cake, 30 minutes max.Helpful (0)
October 11, 2019
What an improvement over the stock shifter! The throws are more crisp and of course shorter and the looks are out of this world. I can't wait to get it on the track to compare my times. It did take about 3 1/2 hours for the install but most of that time was jacking my car up and getting it on and off the jackstands, I am a bigger guy so it takes longer to get the car up high enough for me to get under it.Helpful (2)
September 29, 2019
Hurst short throw
Was fairly easy to replace, we love it, much easier shifting, smoother easier burnouts.Helpful (0)
September 28, 2019
This Hurst shifter completely changed my 09GT. It really reduces the throw as advertised and makes the shifts so precise and easy to slam thru the gears.Helpful (1)
September 09, 2019
I hated the long, sloppy throw of the stock shifter. Super satisfying when this bad boy notches into gear. You need this.Helpful (1)
What is the shift knob thread size? I need to replace mine
This shift knob uses a M12 x 1.25mm thread pitch.
The instructions say to apply lubricant. What type?
White Lithium grease will be the best thing to use. You can pick some up at any parts for a few bucks. Hope this helps! On a side note I have this shifter and love it!
If i were to buy this shifter will my stock boot work with it or will i have to modify it I would like it to look like a stock install and not have to modify my boot just to have the shifter wondering if their were anything i would need to get along with the shifter that would help achieve this thank you for your time
The stock boot is reused and not modified. Hurst includes a rubber piece that allows you to move the boot up and down to show as much of the shifter arm as you desire. They also include a zip that would allow you to completely hide the shift arm...although I'm not sure why anyone would want to hide that chrome. I'm sure you could always screw the stock shift knob back on as well. The Hurst shifter is a tiny bit taller though, but barely noticeable.
I understand that this shifter doesn't fit a 2007 V6. is there any short shifter that can work on a V6 ?
At this time, we do not currently offer a short throw shifter for the 05-10 V6 Mustangs.
Where is this Hurst Shifter manufactured?
Hurst shifters are an American made product.
As long as you have the TR-3650 transmission in your Mustang already, this will work in your 2010 Mustang GT.
not that I am aware of, but it does take about a week of daily driving to break in. but after that it is fine. Nice, Direct, Firm and confident shifting
The knob can be changed, but only compatible with specific Hurst knobs. Factory or other aftermarket knobs will not fit.
Factory shift knobs will not fit this shifter.
At this time we do not offer a Hurst shifter for the 2009 GT500 model.
I apologize, this would not fit the 2004 models.
This could be any number of issues with the shifter base, the connection points within the shifter, or an issue with the material. Please reach out directly to our customer service department to help troubleshoot possible fixes for this here.
The Hurst Competition Plus Short Throw Shifter will not fit the 2012 V6 Mustang. This Hurst 5-Speed Short Shifter is designed to fit the 2005 through 2010 GT Mustangs with the TR-3650 Transmission.
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the BoxHardware included:
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