(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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March 16, 2020
Great product made of solid material Has a very tight feeling with no play when installed, much better quality than cheap ebay shifters Took longer to remove center console than to install the shifter so I will be recommending to all my buddies using t5sHelpful (0)
March 04, 2020
This was such an easy install and a great starter mod for my 98 Cobra. Highly recommend!Helpful (0)
March 01, 2020
I have this shifter on my 99 Cobra, it's a huge improvement over stock, makes the driving experience much better, if u follow the directions it works perfectly.Helpful (0)
February 12, 2020
Short trhow shifter
Great price, easy install, and way better than stock shifter.Helpful (0)
January 14, 2020
Easy install and for the price it's real good quality. No issues whatsoever.Helpful (0)
September 14, 2019
Although I’ve only been able to enjoy this shifter for one day i currently see no flaws in it. I Paired this up with the classic shift know and it’s magic. No more issues with knocking or hitting drinks in the front cup holders with this short shifter. High quality feel makes the driving experience 100 betterHelpful (0)
August 11, 2019
Short throw, better yet easy to find gears almost like a gritted shifterHelpful (0)
August 09, 2019
good for the money
really good build quality for the money, easy install, but you will need a longer extension for it to truly be easy.Helpful (0)
April 02, 2019
new shift for new toy
very well built. the shift feels substantial. I would recommend purchase to someone that needs a good quality shift at a moderate price.Helpful (1)
March 08, 2019
Was a nice upgrade! Took a minute to get used to it but is awesome.Helpful (1)
Will I be able to use the front cupholder now? The stock shifter, when in second gear, hits any type of cup/mug/bottle in the front cupholder. Does this short shifter fix the problem?
Yes! Because of the short handle, it shouldn't impede the use of that cup holder anymore. So stop storing change in it and start using it for what it is intended for! *large foam cups (it will differ from different restaurants) may still rub, but 12oz cans, 16oz bottles, and such, you're good to go.
What are the major differences between this shifter and the sport version of the short throw offered by SR?
The sport short throw shifter uses a 3 piece design rather than the 2 piece design that this shifter uses. This shifter by SR would be a bit strongerin construction than the sport.
What gear should I be in? What gear should I be in when I am removing my stock one? I don't know if the car should be in a gear or in neutral during the time when there is no shifter in place.
you are supposed to be in neutral when removing and installing a shifter.
Will this fit a 1995 gt?
Yes, this will fit 1995 GT models.
What's the difference between the TR-3650 and the T-5/T-45? I have 2001 Bullitt so I'm unsure which one would fit.
Early 2001 Mustang Bullits with the Transmission code 6 will have the T45 and the later 2001 Bullits with the transmission code K will have the TR-3650. You may check your door jamb, and there should be a sticker with the VIN, and the sticker should have the manufacture date of your vehicle along with the type of transmission that came with your vehicle. If the manufacture date is no longer visible, we would recommend contacting your dealership with the VIN, and they can provide that information.
The SR Performance Short Throw Shifter will physically bolt to the T5 transmission, however we are unable to confirm how this will fit on your specific vehicle as we have no information on this combo. This will accept most aftermarket shift handles that are compatible with the OEM shifter.
The SR Performance Short Throw Shifter would not fit the late 2001-2004 GT models due to the different transmissions.
The SR Performance Short Throw Shifter will work with 1996 GT, V6, or Cobra Mustangs equipped with the T-5/T-45 Transmission and will work in conjunction with the SR Performance Leather Shifter Boot item #12132.
Yes, the SR Performance Short Throw Shifter will work on a stock 2004 V6.
The SR Performance Short Throw Shifter comes with two sets of centering return springs and adjustable shift stops which allow you to adjust the shift handle firmness to your own personal preference. Also, the handle allows for multiple positions for further adjustment.
We have not confirmed the fitment with the Hurst Shifter Shaft Kit and this SR Performance Short Throw Shifter - T-5/T-45. The holes for the hardware may be slightly different, both being offset from each other and the size of the hole in the shifter shaft. With a little diy, they could be altered to fit together, however, we unfortunately would not be able to guarantee the fitment.
I doubt there is any difference in the quality overall. I believe the SR brand is American Muscle made items, and I haven't noticed any of their items being lower quality. Normally you won't find much, if any difference in the design between the two, only a big savings in cost. That's not to say a better quality part here or there was used in the Steda, but it's nothing that would affect it's operation.
The SR Performance Short Throw Shifter - T-5/T-45 (82-Early 01 V8; 93-99 Cobra; 94-04 V6) will not fit a 2003 Mustang GT because the 2003 GT does not have the T5 or T45 transmissions.
You may check your door jamb, and there should be a sticker with the VIN, and the sticker should have the manufacture date of your vehicle along with the type of transmission that came with your vehicle. If the manufacture date is no longer visible, we would recommend contacting your dealership with the VIN, and they can provide that information.
The SR Performance Short Throw Shifter may work with a Hurst Shifter Handle. The holes on the Shifter must match perfectly with the Handle in order to be installed properly. We cannot guarantee fitment of the two.
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||1982-early 2001 V8, |
and 94-04 V6
|Manufacturer:||Shift Knob Included:||No|