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TCI Street Fighter Automatic Transmission Ratchet Shifter (05-09 w/ Automatic Transmission)

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Features, Video & Details

  • “Speed Shift” Your Automatic Transmission
  • Perfect for Street and Strip
  • No Modifications Required
  • Lighted Gear Indicator
  • NHRA Legal
  • Fits 2005-2009 Automatic GT & V6 Mustangs

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

Dave from AmericanMuscle, with me today is the TCI ratchet shifter for the 05-09 automatic GT and V6 Mustang. The idea behind the ratchet shifter is this: put some excitement and some precise control over your gear changes, back into driving your automatic Mustang. The TCI ratchet shift goes directly in place of the factory unit, no drilling or any kind of special modifications required. This part will allow you to manually shift your automatic with precise control and safety in mind. Safety, because you’re not going to miss any shifts and overshift or downshift too soon, with this neat ratcheting design, it allows you to precisely go from park into 1st and everything between. Here we are in our automatic GT, it’s the 05-09 variety so it’s a 5 speed automatic, at this point we’ve got the car in drive, I’m just going to drive round for a couple of minutes, get an idea of how it shifts on its own. Then we’ll throw it back with the stock shifter into 1st and go through all 5 gears, giving an idea of how it shifts when I shift it. The reason being we’re about to take this shifter out and as we mentioned go with the TCI ratchet shifter and come back out and try it again. Okay so we’ve just simulated normal driving, now I’m going to go ahead and throw this shifter down, put it into 1st, and go through the gears like I mentioned before, including using the overdrive button on the side here, I really want to get through all the gears with some quick shifting, manually with my automatic, let’s give it a shot. Very responsive, however definitely a delay between all my shifts. We’re back here after our stock run, we have our stock shifter out of the car and we’re about to install the TCI ratchet shifter. We’ll take it back out, run it through the same paces, see what kind of changes we notice. So we’re back with our TCI ratchet shifter installed on our automatic GT, now we’re going to take it out on the street, let it run normally, just put it in drive as if our stock shifter were still in here and see how it performs, basically to make sure nothing changed. Then we’ll have some fun, going to throw it back into 1st gear and use the ratchet shifter to manually shift our automatic for precise and ideally crisp shifting with our automatic. Now up shift. Little tire chirp. Not bad. Now what I’ve done is go ahead and turned my overdrive off, so I’m working with my bottom 4 gears at all times, keeping the car in the “go gears” as I like to call it. Let’s give it some oomph going up this hill. Very nice. Well we just got back as you saw from driving the car with the TCI ratchet shifter in it, and I’ll be honest with you, it did add a lot of excitement to driving the automatic. I’m a fan of driving manuals, I want that control, and I feel I got that control in the automatic with the TCI ratchet shifter. It’s also really nice to look down and see the illuminated numbers here, I always knew what gear I was in. The leather boot and the brushed material really went well with the interior. So final verdict: good product that works well, and fits in the interior real nice.

Speed Shift. The stock automatic shifter is good for everyday driving, but it has some drawbacks when it comes to serious street/strip performance. TCI's StreetFighter Ratchet Shifter for the GT and V6 provides a positive stop shifting action that allows you to manually “speed shift” your Mustang's transmission without fear of hanging between gears or missing a gear all together.

Race Inspired Appearance. This Ratchet Shifter not only improves your overall driving experience, but it also has an equally impressive race-inspired billet appearance that makes it at home on the track or the street and comes complete with a lighted gear indicator for perfect gear selection.

Direct Fit Installation. The StreetFighter Mustang Ratchet Shifter was designed to fit perfectly into the 2005-2009 GT and V6's center console with no modifications required to the interior or the factory 5R55S transmission. And to further simplify the installation this ratchet shifter reuses the stock shift cable.

Application. This TCI Street Fighter Ratchet Shifter is designed to fit the 2005 to 2009 V6 and GT Mustang's with a 5R55S Automatic Transmission and is NHRA legal for drag race competition.

Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Details

CA Residents: Warning: California's Proposition 65

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Questions & Answers (23)

5 Top Rated Questions

This is more of a general question but, is it safe to "downshift" while in motion? As in going 35 mph and going from d to 3 or going 15mph and going from 2 to 1?

  • The TCI StreetFighter Ratchet Shifter will still allow the OEM transmission controls to function, preventing shifts that may cause damage to the engine or transmission, such as shifting from 3rd to 2nd where the downshift would cause RPMs to spike to unsafe levels, such as 7500rpm, then the computer would block the shift until the RPM drop would be within acceptable safe limits.

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What color lights up the gears when the headlights are turned on?

  • The TCI StreetFighter Ratchet Shifter will illuminate the gear selection white, with the exception of the currently selected gear, which will illuminate orange.

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Why does my Mustang not shift when I ratchet it from 1st to 2nd

  • The TCI StreetFighter Ratchet Shifter will move the transmission shift selector to 2nd, however the PCM sees this as having first and second gear enabled. To get this to manually command a gear, a custom tune would be required to change how the car interprets this action.

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I just bought this shifter, it is of my understanding that it is advised to change a part, like a clip or something, every time I'm changing the shifter, so I need to buy that part. Can anyone tell me what it is? And if you have this info, what's the part number for it? Thanks! I think it's called: shifter linkage clip, but I'm not sure... My car is a 2006 V6

  • The Shifter Linkage clips is not necessary for installation, however if you would like to get this for piece of mind, these can be purchased directly from your Ford dealer.

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Is it easy to install a custom shift knob on the top (like in some Pictures seen)?

  • Just break loose the locking nut underneath the TCI StreetFighter Ratchet Shifter's handle and you can easily remove the shifter handle and replace with an aftermarket shift knob.

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10 More Questions
Will I need to install a manual valve body? I've heard different opinions. 1 answer
If I "bang" through the gears and shift it into drive (for fourth gear) do I have to press the overdrive button when I'm ready for 5th gear? Or will the normal Drive auto-shift into 5th? I don't want to be fumbling around looking for a button when I'm trying to speed shift 1 answer
Knowing that there is a small button on the side of the stock shifter to put it into overdrive, how do I engage the overdrive on this shifter. I can't seem to find where it would be on the knob? 1 answer
Is shifter safe to be used for everyday driving? Also I have a tune with cold air. Will that affect anything? 2 answers
Full auto? Does this shifter still allow me to go fully automatic? Like when I put the stock automatic shifter into drive? 3 answers
does this hurt the transmission? 2 answers
Other stuff I have an 05 and i was wondering what other parts if any i need to put this in my car? 4 answers
TCI Street Fighter Ratchet Shifter I want to get a TCI Street Frighter Ratchet shifter with a Hurst Handle like in Kents pictures. Can I buy one like that or do I need to buy the shifter then put Hurst handle on it. 3 answers
Thread size? Does anyone know the thread size on this shifter? I'd like to change the shift knob on mine. 3 answers
Does it allow me to shift all the way through to 5th gear? 3 answers

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Customer Reviews (85) Write a Review

Overall Rating 4.6

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Afternoon

Installation Cost:0-$100

  • Performance Gain 4.046154 4.0
  • Fit 4.914286 4.9



  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 25, 2018

    Tedious work but well worth it

    Tedious work but a total game changer love it best shifter ever blah blah yeah it’s great

    EricaM

    Year: 2005 Submodel: V6

    Helpful (2)

  • 1/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 20, 2018

    Good but bad

    So I had it install and the first 30 min from the shop I noticed that the shifter where the letter are is getting hot not just a little but really hot to the touch I like the shifter alot but a few bugs needs to be worked out

    NicholasM

    Year: 2006 Submodel: V6

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 13, 2018

    Street Fighter Shifter

    It’s a lot better than the OEM. You can shift without looking at the indicators.

    JerrydelRosario

    Year: 2007 Submodel: V6

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    July 30, 2018

    Super Fun

    Beautifully engineered. Perfect fit, and incredible looks. This shifter really adds to the experience of driving with an automatic transmission. Very easy Installation. What an awesome addition to a great car.

    Paul58

    Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (2)

  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 13, 2018

    GREAT SHIFTER

    WHAT A PLEASURE TO DRIVE WITH THIS BABY. YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR MISSING!

    HECKY

    Year: 2009 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (3)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 30, 2018

    Its legit.

    I love this thing. It looks good. a great upgrade for an automatic S197.

    DysonWilliams

    Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 19, 2018

    gt shaker

    great product well made does what its supposed to do i would recommend all automatic mustang owners to consider installing one in their mustang

    somebowler

    Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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  • 2/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 29, 2018

    Well

    Well I ordered this due to a family member recommending this. When I got it the silinoid was broken and all the pins that were suppost to line up were all wrong. The instructions were also wrong. When you install it make sure both shifters are in nutrual. After hours of messing around we finally got it to work. didn't work when the stock shifter was in nutrual but ratchet shifter was in drive. It worked when we tried both in nutrual. But over all when everything was fixed it works fine.

    BrandonE

    Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 23, 2018

    Really good item

    Enjoy the ratchet shifter,much better than the stock better shifting time

    JoeyN

    Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 14, 2018

    WOW!!!

    This replaced my factory shifter that went bad. This Ratchet Shifter is Awesome!!! Would recommend to anyone having to replace the automatic factory shifter.

    StaceyC

    Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (5)

  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 15, 2018

    Nice look, little performance

    I love the look of this piece. I put a Hurst aftermarket handle on it, and it looks just as a 60' musclecar. Performance wise it pretty close to stock.

    KimN

    Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 13, 2018

    Got to love it

    I cant believe how simple the installation was Made a huge difference in shift speed No more worrying about missing a gear

    DaleB

    Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    December 10, 2017

    Slap her in gear

    Nice fit, sexy look! Metal shifter does get hot in summertime, but still better than the plastic one that came stock. No more missing a gear.

    JeffC

    Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    November 22, 2017

    crisp! EZ install

    i love how crisp the shifts are now, there is a noticeable difference in the shifts. the "shift lag" has dramatically improved, i do wish the O/D was on the shifter but thats more to do with what i have always been used to, it is kinda cool having the O/D being a push button above the P on the gear line up. as for the install it was fairly EZ took me about 45-60 min that was also due to the fact that my car is lower so getting it up is alittle more difficult sometimes but i would say if you had a normal clearance and knowledge of how to take your center console out plus how to disengage the shift line underneath it would take about 30-45 min.

    JerahmeS

    Year: 2008 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    November 02, 2017

    WHAT A FEEL!!!!

    this ratchet shifter is the bomb! Well with the expense for the long haul. I plan on keeping my mustang and this shifter completes a long list of improvement ford left me to do. Check it out.... You won't be disappointed!!!!

    BluePony

    Year: 2005 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 27, 2017

    Works Just How I Wanted

    I was worried about self install with this product but it turned out to be really easy!

    BroDudeMan

    Year: 2008 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 24, 2017

    Best Replacement Shifter for Automatics

    The 05-09 faux chrome (metal) shifter is absolutely awful and was already showing signs of wear and cracking. I went online and saw this and immediately had to have it. It is AMAZING. It has a great feel to it and when racing, it allows you to bang shift without jumping more than one gear at a time, or worse, going into neutral. I have nitrous in my car and missing a gear would be bad. My only minor suggestion for those that live in a hot and sunny state like I do (FL), cover it up because it gets scorching hot. This is real aluminum (metal) unlike factory. I learned my lesson the first time I drove it after installing it.

    SandraCooper

    Year: 2007 Submodel: GT

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  • 2/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 13, 2017

    Ehhh

    I has this shifter installed by ford, it was a good purchase for about 3 months, and then it locked on me, couldn't shift out of park, so i had i to put the stock shifter back, pretty disappointed in this product

    Steven

    Year: 2005 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 13, 2017

    Must Have. New driving experience

    The TCI Ratchet Shifter is by far one of the best upgrades that I've done to my car. My car is a daily driver and this spices things up. It allows me control my shifts when launching at red lights which is a lot of fun! This is fairly a straightforward install with the hardest part being messing around with the transmission cable where it connects to the claw-arm. I had to contact TCI during my install and they were extremely helpful with product information so if you need to talk to one of their technicians don't hesitate to call. Overall, this is an awesome product and a definite must have.

    MikeB08

    Year: 2008 Submodel: V6

    Helpful (3)

  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 08, 2017

    Ratchet shifter

    Fun addition to the car but after about 4-5 months solenoid seized up and was stuck in park and wouldn't come out of gear .apparently really common , other than that faulty part real fun addition

    DavidB

    Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

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