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Modern Billet Billet T-Handle Shift Knob (87-04 w/ Automatic Transmission)

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Features, Video & Details

  • Modern Styling
  • Polished Finish
  • 6061 Billet Aluminum Construction
  • Accommodates Factory Overdrive Button
  • Fits 1987 to 2004 Automatic Equipped Mustangs

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

Hey everyone I’m Justin with and I’m taking a look at a part that will add a subtle touch of Billet customization to the interior of any automatic 87-04 Mustang thanks to this T handle shift knob. T handle shifters have been in the interiors of Mustangs since the 60’s, and now thanks to this Billet piece, your ride can share the same classic styling, all while still maintaining your overdrive function. The name says it all: Billet. This knob is manufactured from 100% aircraft grade Billet aluminum, and is sure to last the life of your Mustang. It also features a very comfortable grip, and a nice aluminum finish, which is a great improvement over the cheap factory knob. Depending on whether or not your car is equipped with overdrive, your install time may vary a little, we’ll call it 45 minutes just to be safe. You will need some allen wrenches, a torc set, some wire cutters, and a zip tie. Don’t worry, you’re not cutting any wires but you will have to relocate your overdrive button. Once you get past that, it’s a piece of cake. Now this shift knob looks great on its own, but if you’re like me, and you’re always searching for more ways to customize your ride, then you might want to check out one of our polished Billet interior dress up kits, or even a set of chrome gauge bezels to complete the look. So if you’re tired of that boring factory shift knob and you want to replace it with something that really shines, you’ll definitely want to check out this retro T-handle shift knob for your ride.

Modern Styling. Replace your boring black OEM automatic shift knob with a polished Billet T-Handle for great modern styling. This knob will give your automatic Mustang the high-end look it deserves and it matches our other billet accessories perfectly.

Billet Aluminum Construction. Machined from aircraft quality 6061 T6 billet aluminum this automatic shift knob features a comfort grip that is designed to fit your hand perfectly, and features a smooth polished finish.

Compatible with Overdrive Button. To accommodate the factory overdrive button located on the stock shift handle, this T-Handle shift knob features a convenient billet relocation bracket.

Application. This Billet T-Handle Shift Knob is designed for use on all 1987 to 2004 Mustangs equipped with an automatic transmission, with or without overdrive.

Fitment: 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

What's in the Box
Hardware included:
  • (2) polished aluminum allen head set screws
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Cobra - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 01, 03, 04
  • Foxbody - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
  • Mach 1 - 03, 04
  • V6 - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04
  • GT - 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

Fits 1994 to 2004 Automatic Transmission equipped Mustangs only

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install instrructions

Tools needed: Torx bit set, metric and standard Allen keys, wire cutters, 1 small zip tie. Remove the shifter trim housing, put the car in 1st gear with the car off and the emergency brake on. Look for ...

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execellent product

looks awesome, easy install. and when i put it all together the release button was a little shallow for my liking, so i took the spring out of the stock shift knob and put it in this one. works like a ...

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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The factory T-Handle shift knob does not have a set screw. How do I remove the T-Handle?


  • I recommend taking a look at our online instruction guide! This may help you with your installation, I will put the link to it below.


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Does this really work on automatic transmissions.


  • Hi, This t-handle shift knob is designed for use on all 1987 to 2004 Mustangs equipped with an automatic transmission, with or without overdrive.

    Chris J

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Do they make a t handle for my '12 mustang?


  • We do have two different T handles for a 2012 mustang.


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relocate O/D button to the dash or? could the O/D button be moved to the dash area by the shifter?


  • Yea, you can put it anywhere, but why? Essentially, you are just replacing an old knob. The switch fits into the new one. Remember this, it is a factory wire harness and is designed to go in the handle. They don't use too much extra wire. To relocate it you will probably have to splice in your own wire to legnthen it for relocation. I'm not saying it will, but if you made even the slightest mistake in the splice, you will have to take it back apart. If you have some of the luck I do, It'll be dark, cold, and raining!


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Paint? I know alot like it the way it is, but i like the look of my black shifter.But, I like the style of this one better. Does this take paint? If it will, any certain kind since its the polished alum?


  • well prep work is a MUST!!! can not state that enough. scuff the whole thing with fine steel wool. use a oil grease and wax paint prep (available at places like auto zone etc.) then choose the paint you want. I would use something like SEM. prob go with semi-gloss not gloss or black. but that's up to you. remember nice warm temp when painting. use light mist coats, not heavy....!!!! take your time and the results will show! take a look on youtube, some great how-to paint videos. Good luck and be sure to post pics when to see finished project.


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Shifter Boot? Could I buy a shifter boot to go along with this to make it look way better, do you have one that would fit at AM


  • There are a few you could make fit ( boots are usually for manual shifters ), and I think it would be kind of a shame to cover alot of the looks of that shifter. Personally I think it's kind of cool the way it is.


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Overall Rating 4.4

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Fit 4.6 4.6
  • Appearance 4.866667 4.9
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.55 4.6

  • 5/5

    November 16, 2009

    install instrructions

    Tools needed: Torx bit set, metric and standard Allen keys, wire cutters, 1 small zip tie. Remove the shifter trim housing, put the car in 1st gear with the car off and the emergency brake on. Look for a small hole in the front of the shifter, insert the Allen key into the hole and unscrew the bolt. You will then be able to lift the stock shifter knob off the shaft. You will then need to unscrew the 2 Torx bolts located to the bottom left of the shift indicator housing and then cut the small zip tie holding the O/D harness off of the shifter arm. Unplug the harness and remove the wire and the complete shifter knob out of the car. You can then feed the button and housing out of the old knob. Install is the exact reverse of the removal. My 2cnts

    Dave B

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  • 5/5

    June 25, 2010

    execellent product

    looks awesome, easy install. and when i put it all together the release button was a little shallow for my liking, so i took the spring out of the stock shift knob and put it in this one. works like a dream


    Helpful (9)

  • 4/5

    June 18, 2009

    Solid look

    Very nice, looks good with the billet a/c knobs. Not too \'blingy\', good solid feel. The o/d wiring is a pain though. Should have photographed the install, photos would help. Lost a star for the lack of better install instructions.


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  • 4/5

    June 25, 2010

    looks great, some drawbacks

    looks good except i have a 96 gt and my O/D button isnt on the handle so the O/D hole on the shifter is empty, kinda wish there was a plug for it atleast. and easy install except out of my entire set of allen wrenches none seemed to fit the screws that came with the billet knob

    jordan barreto

    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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  • 2/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    December 01, 2013

    I recommend this with some reservation.

    First let me say I did not call AM for assistance with this issue as I should have. That being said I bought this item for my wife"s 99 coupe because it looked awesome. Unfortunately the problem I had with it is the little screw that holds the handle on refuses to stay tight even with thread locker.& the handle release button sticks so you could easily end up in second going down the highway at 70 mph. It;s entirely possible this is an rare situation which given the high quality AM is know for is most likely. If anyone at AM know's how I can fix this issue please contact me. If you buy this item be aware you may have the same issue.


    Year: 1995 Submodel: GT Ellington Missouri

    Helpful (5)

    • Response from AmericanMuscle

      I would highly suggest you still contact our Customer Service so they can talk over the situation with you directly and can offer some tips/suggestions to get this corrected for you!

      Lisa , Customer Care

  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    December 01, 2011

    Smaller than what I expected

    The over all install is a pain but once you get the o/d connecter off the rest is a breeze also its smaller than what I expected my hand doesn't wrap around it that well, other than that looks great Oh yeah some instructions in the box would of been nice.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    April 24, 2010

    Very Nice

    Look solid and nice add !! But just be cerafull with the OD button, i pulled too hard on the old handle and had to reconnect the wires. Also recommend some lubifiant-grease on the thumb button.


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  • 5/5

    May 28, 2009

    Excellent quality

    Like the previous reviewer (Ralph) stated, \"once you get past the OD button, it\'s cake.\" Take your time with the relocation section of the install. The OD connector is difficult to get to. I had to remove the bezel around the shifter and use a flashlight to see what exactly I was looking for. Overall, this is an excellent product and really livens up the interior of your Mustang!


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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 18, 2017

    Great Looking Shift Knob

    After install, the knob looks great. However the install with the overdrive button is very time consuming. It took me about two hours to get everything hooked up correctly. I recommend doing what other reviewers have stated and unscrew the center console to reach the OD connector more easily. I also added a leather shift boot for a manual transmission as I never cared for how the factory gear position indicator looked. This came from Amazon for about 12 dollars and really helped the new knob change the appearance of the interior. With a little modification to the leather shift boot and none to the actual car it fit right over the old display and the plastic trim clipped over it easily. Ill put a picture in customer photos if anyone is interested in doing the same. Again, I really recommend this quality product for anyone wanting to change the looks of their interior.


    Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 10, 2017

    Gives it a great look.

    Gives it a great look. Better then that regular stock shift knob.


    Year: 1999 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    September 07, 2016

    Sharp Looking Shifter!

    Install was pretty easy, mainly the most time consuming is removing the console, and trim panels to get to the torque screws, etc. in order to disconnect the O/D wire. Not difficult, just time consuming! Well worth the effort! Looks 100 better than the stock shifter. Well made, and worth the price!


    Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    July 05, 2016

    Awsome dress up idea.

    Install was not quite as easy as I expected. It took a little time to install, but was WAY worth it! If you loosen the whole center console and move it back a couple of inches it is all down hill from there.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: Mach 1

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 19, 2016

    Great replacement for the stock handle.

    Looks great, feels great. If you are looking for a replacement for that dull factory shift handle this is it. It also has a relocation area for the overdrive button built in.


    Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 10, 2014

    Trickier than expected...

    I found several sets of instructions online (none came with the handle) which were all fairly similar and made the install sound pretty simple. as usual, this wasn't quite the case for me. I found that removing the original handle after loosening the grub screw took a LOT more effort that the "gentle pressure" advised in the instruction. Also the plastic shaft cover comes off with the handle and needs to be trimmed before being reinstalled. I also had to buy a dedicated T20 torx driver to remove the two screws holding the shifter cover panel. this was because a socket/bit combination is too fat to fit in the tiny spaces. the wiring for the overdrive switch was also badly chewed up and needed to be completely redone but works now. Aaaaaaannywaaay, after all that the new shifter knob looks great and works well (including the O/D switch). it's nicely made and is way better looking than the original. i'm sure it often installs nice and simply but be prepared for some fiddling...


    Year: 2003 Submodel: V6 Redondo Beach, CA, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 12, 2013

    needs the thinnest shaft T-20 torx driver you can find

    The install is simple if you have small hands and a super thin shafted torx driver. It took longer to find the size tool (T-20) and figure how to get to the screws, than the actual work. The terminal block for the OD wire does have a flat-head screw driver slot for release (if you can see it) Total time 2-hrs, I also used the original spring in the lever. It actually shifts soomther and better than the plastic original and does look cool. I now could do this same install in less than a hour.


    Year: 2002 Submodel: V6 Texas, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 22, 2012

    Excellent look and fit. 1998 Mustang GT Convertible

    Installed on my son's 98 GT. This after market item is very very nine and actually works better than the stock OEM shift knob. Note:if you have over drive the installation is much more involved and takes a bit longer. Getting to the torx screws can be tricky. You well definitely need three hands to get the job done. Be careful and not drop the screws, which is easily done. Follow the directions that come with the kit, just remember that an over drive car will be more difficult and a second person will help. It took my mechanic about two hours to install. However, it is worth the effort.


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT Greenwood, IN, USA

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  • 4/5

    May 30, 2009

    Good addition

    It\\\'s a great product. Install is tricky with the OD wire. You\\\'ll end up needing some star bits to remove the bezel and get rid of the zip tie holding the wire down and as mentioned the connector is a pain to get to. I disconnected my center console to get to it a little easier.


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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 17, 2017

    Improves the look of your interior

    Good looking and easy to install but need metric allens and you need small fingers to unplug the over drive plug.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 15, 2017

    Ed z

    it gives your Mustang a great look. this is my second shifter.


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    September 26, 2016

    Shifting in style

    Gives my interior more of cleaner look love the product.......Thanks AM


    Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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