(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Hey I’m Justin with AmericanMuscle.com, here with the SR Performance short throw shifter, fitting all 1982 to 2004 manual Mustangs. Alright, before we get into all the details pertaining to this very budget friendly short shifter, I think we should take our 98 GT out of the shop with the stock shifter still in place, that way we can do a proper comparison with the SR Performance unit, when we do get it installed. Alright so we’re out in the 98 GT, and we have the stock shifter still installed, and I’m battling with this thing man, it’s pretty horrible, the throws are horribly long, the action is terribly sloppy, granted the car is 15 years old, but it could definitely use some improvement. So with that said let’s get back to the shop, talk a little bit more about that SR Performance shifter, and then get it installed. Taking a closer look at the shifter itself, you get the impression that it’s built very well, this can partially be attributed to the 100% Billet aluminum construction, which should be up to the task of handling some hard shifts, and then some. In addition, this shifter features two sets of centering return springs, so it’s going to have that nice tight feel while in neutral, as opposed to all that sloppiness we felt with the stock shifter. Finally, this shifter does include these two adjustable stops so you can adjust the shift handle firmness to your own personal preference. You can also tweak the position of the shift handle, for more adjustment, so ultimately you can dial in your perfect shifting experience. Speaking of shifting, what good is a short shifter without reduced throws? Well, using the SR Performance unit you can expect a roughly 30% reduction in throws, which I know may not sound like a whole lot but believe me, once you get in the car and roll through the gears a little bit, the difference will be night and day. Since the install should all be inside the car, it really shouldn’t be all that difficult, you will need to slightly disassemble the shifter bezel in order to uncover the bolts necessary to remove the factory shifter and install the new SR Performance unit. While this is all pretty basic stuff, just be sure to leave yourself a couple of hours to get the job done. It is worth point out that the SR Performance shifter does not come with a shift knob, but it does share the same thread pitch as your factory shifter, meaning your factory shift knob should work just fine, or any other shift knob that shares the same thread pitch as OEM. Well, now that the SR Performance shifter is installed, let’s grab our 98 GT one more time, and see what this shifter is all about. Alright, so we’re out in the 98 GT with the SR Performance short shifters installed, and first impressions looks wise is a good one, I mean the thing sits at least 3 to 4 inches shorter than our stock shifter, it’s got rid of that goofy bend and that means we can finally use that front cup holder again. But let’s see how this thing does shifting shall we? Get down into second…third…I mean it’s definitely a night and day difference versus our stock shifter, the throws are real short and the action is really crisp, I mean it’s nice and firm, get a positive feeling every time you go into gear, it’s a great value man, so be sure to check out the SR Performance short shifter right here at AmericanMuscle.com
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January 18, 2020
Great shifter just one solvable problem
Great product. came fast and feels like a wonderful shifter. But I will say. I never knew how much the tr3650 trans vibrates until after installing this shifter. The neck of the shiftknob mount vibrated loose and left me stuck in second while driving around town. Scared me a bit but then I found the problem. And then just a few days later I took a trip to the mountains where I was driving pretty hard. After finishing my first lap I got locked out of the top gears in the shifter. I thought my trans overheated but come to find out the shift point bolts vibrates loose which caused me to be locked out of 1st, 3rd and 5th. Like I said wonderful product but would recommend putting in the instructions anything to avoid this situation especially for future buyers. Maybe provide some thread lock and some extra hardware because of the nuts vibrates loose and fell out. But thanks a lot for the good shifter!Helpful (0)
January 10, 2020
Good for the price
This shifter out of the box looks strong and quality and installs easily. It sure tightens up the shifts and cut nearly 2 inches off the overall shift from 1st to 2nd gear. Doesn’t even really shake or vibrate while sitting at a stop light unlike the stock shifter which visibly moves. The one complaint I have is that the bolts that attach the handle to the shifter assembly have come loose on me a few times (can tell when shifts started feeling sloppy) but this was easily solved by applying a very generous amount of threadlocker to the bolts and tightening as much as possible. Overall very happy and good quality.Helpful (1)
September 10, 2019
Shifts smooth, great price easy install and only took me 20 minutes to do highly recommendHelpful (2)
June 18, 2019
Shirt Throw shifter
Easy to install and works as advertised. Definitely cut down the play the factory shifter had.Helpful (0)
June 03, 2019
Let me start off by saying I’ve never experienced a Barton or MGW shifter but after installing this SR performance short throw shifter I have no ambition to. It feels so good, got rid of all that sloppiness you feel in the stock one and the shifts feel great. Definitely glad I took a chance on this and saved some $$$. Install was a breeze took about a half hour. Make sure you have new silicone.Helpful (3)
May 18, 2019
Easy to install
I had my brother in law install the shifter for me in about 1 hour He had already did his car so he had no problems with mine It shifts a lot better and easierHelpful (0)
April 17, 2019
I bought the shifter almost a month ago and it has not let up yet, it is really tight and very sturdy. I would recommend this product for every manual driver around.Helpful (0)
April 11, 2019
Quick and Easy installation, even for someone with no prior experience. Gets rid of the Rowing motion and greatly decreases time to shift.Helpful (0)
March 19, 2019
Upgraded from the stock shifter in my 2004 Mustang GT. Huge improvement in shifting, and makes the drive even more enjoyable...Helpful (0)
March 08, 2019
It's worth the money
Installation was very fast and so easy, and once I took my car for a test drive there was a huge difference in shifting time and smoothness. Definitely will shave off some times between shifting.Helpful (0)
will this work with the mach 1 billit shift knob? Will this work with the mach 1 shift knob?
The threads are stock, so it should work with no problem.
A better explanation of the plastic bushings that need to be transfered (picture?) would be helpful. Where are they on the old shifter?
I would suggest taking a look at this installation guide, as this would be very helpful! https://www.americanmuscle.com/shifter-t5-t45-t3650-install.html
Do you have to replace the stock shifter bushing? I’m worried a worn bushing won’t do the short throw justice
The SR Performance Short Throw Shifter will not require replacement of the shifter bushing, unless excessive wear is present.
This shifter fit my car my car has this numbers. 2zE2G TO5
I do apologize, I am unable to confirm if this works with your car by providing those numbers. The SR Performance Short Throw Shifter - TR-3650 (01 Cobra; Late 01-04 GT, Mach 1) is meant to work with the TR-3650 that is included in the late 2001 to 2004 Mustang GTs.
How do I know if my 01 GT is an early or late model?
You'd have to check your door tag and confirm which transmission you have. Here is a link to help you: http://www.americanmuscle.com/transmission-tag-identifier.html
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the BoxHardware included:
|Year/Model:||Late 01-04 GT, 01 Bullitt, 01 Cobra, 03-04 Mach 1||Material:||Billet Aluminum|
|Manufacturer:||Shift Knob Included:||No|
Fits 2001 Bullitt, 2001-2004 GT, 2001 Cobra, and 2003-2004 Mach 1 Mustangs with Tremec 3650 manual transmission