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Shift Boot Retainer (05-14 All, Excluding 11-14 GT500)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Hey, guys. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at and installing a shift boot retainer for 2011 to 2014 Mustangs, except for the GT500. So you're gonna want to be checking this shift boot retainer out if you guys just bought an aftermarket shift knob that didn't come with a new retainer, or you're just looking to replace your current shift boot retainer. So the shift boot retainer basically holds up your shift boot and makes a nice, clean, finished connection between the shift boot and an aftermarket shift knob. This one's made of billet aluminum. It's anodized black, and it costs about $20. It's very easy to get installed. I'll call it a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and we'll show you how we got it on the car now. All right, guys. To start the install of your new shift boot retainer, you're gonna have to remove your stock shift knob, and you're obviously gonna be pairing this with an aftermarket shift knob. So in order to do that, we're gonna go ahead and pull up on the plastic bezel here that's holding our shift knob in place. From here, we're gonna unscrew our factory shift knob. There we go. So from here, we're gonna separate our factory shift knob from the shift boot, and this just pulls out. We'll just work the shift knob out. We are going to grab our new shift boot retainer, and it actually is gonna sit like this. And we're gonna work this into our shift boot. Once this is popped into place, you can go ahead and get your shift boot back on the car. This'll work with any 12 by 1.25 shifter handle and shift knob, so it really leaves you with a wide variety. So I'm actually gonna leave this like this for now, because we will need to make some adjustment here because the bottom of our shift boot retainer needs to meet the bottom of the shift knob. So I'm gonna leave everything loose for now, kinda sitting here like this. I'm gonna grab the shift knob and go ahead and get that in place too. I'm gonna leave it a little off-center, because what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna raise the retainer up to meet the bottom of the shift knob. So we're gonna keep going up with our retainer until it makes contact with the bottom of our shift knob. There we go. And then from here, we're just going to finish tightening up the shift knob to get it straight. All right. And then once it's straight, we will get our bezel back down into place. And if your shift boot rotated, you guys can always move it on your retainer here to make it straight and look nice. All right, guys. That's gonna wrap up this review and install. Keep in mind that you can always check this retainer out more online. I'm Stephanie. And for all things Mustang, keep it right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Shift Boot Retainer
      • Black Anodized Finish
      • Billet Aluminum Construction
      • 12mm X 1.25 Thread Pattern
      • Fits Manual Mustangs with 12mm X 1.25 Shifter Handle


      Shift Boot Retainer. Securely retain your manual Mustang's shifter boot in place with this Shift Boot Retainer from AmericanMuscle. It also allows you to use a wider variety of aftermarket shift knobs.

      Quality Materials.
      This Shift Boot Retainer is a made from solid billet aluminum and is completed in a black anodized finish for good looks and durability.

      This Shift Boot Retainer is designed to fit the 2005 to 2014 manual Mustangs or Mustangs equipped with a 12mm x 1.25 thread pattern shift handle. Excludes 2011+ Shelby GT500s.

      SR Performance

      Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

      MPN# 12724

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (100+)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.7 out of 5 overall rating from 100+ customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • March 22, 2020

        4 2007 GT - MustangFreak Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Good addition.

        Easy to install. A little taller than I would have preferred, but still looks good.

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      • January 05, 2020

        5 2007 GT - Jay Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Shift your booty - or booty your shifter

        Purchased aftermarket shift knob but had no way to retain the shift boot. This is it...and it does just that!! Looks good too!!

        Helpful (0)
      • November 24, 2019

        5 2005 GT - Shepherd Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Easy install

        Great price with a quick and easy install. Definitely recommend.

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      • October 26, 2019

        5 2005 GT - kevinreddick Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        most awsome

        great finish just don't order extra shift ball comes with one my bad

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      • October 22, 2019

        5 2009 GT500 - Manuel Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        It gets the job done

        This little part gets the job done. It has a clean stock appearance. It's an easy solution.

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      • October 21, 2019

        2 2006 GT - Paultownsend Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        Its faded to a maroon color...not black anymore. Easy to install too.

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      • October 12, 2019

        5 2007 V6 - Mario4575 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Very Nice>>>

        Very easy to install. Gives a whole new interior look.

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      • October 02, 2019

        5 2007 GT - CButler Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        This retainer fit perfect and was high quality. The threads were a bit damaged on my existing shift arm. But the retainer was solid enough that I was able to use it to thread past the damage and repair the shifter threads. Took about 5 minutes to install. I used a heavy zip tie to secure the new leather boot to the retainer, instead of the original rubber o-ring. It was far easier!

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      • August 27, 2019

        5 2005 GT - Fields221 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Did exactly what I needed.

        Fits great and gives a clean look, tight fitting and looks factory.

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      • July 25, 2019

        5 2011 GT - bigdaddy Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Quality product

        Easy install. Attractive looks quality piece this is a necessary item for anyone installing most aftermarket shifters. Provides a super finished look.

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      Questions & Answers (8 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Will this fit a hurst short shifter? I drive a 08 GT

      • Hi,This Shift Boot Retainer will not work with the Hurst shifters because of the handle shape this retainer is good with a stock handle or a aftermarket handle that is cylinder shaped not flat like the hurst shifters.

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      Will this work with a MGW Shifter?

      how do you stretch that over the boot ?

      • The boot should fit snugly around the first part of the retainer, and may require some adjustment to install properly.

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      • As long as your Mustang is 2005-2014 and has a manual transmission with a 12mm x 1.25 thread pattern shift handle, for the exception of the GT500, this will fit.

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      Will this make my shift knob be a little more taller to be able to shift better?

      • These will raise the shift knob just a tad but nothing that is going to be very noticeable.

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      Will this fit stock boot..with a boss knob?? 1 answer
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