If you never used a short throw shifter, I recommend you give it a try. It's throw is so much shorter than the stock shifter that once you use it you will think the stock shifter felt like rowing a boat. The quality is excellent. The installation is a bit of a chore so if you aren't mechanically inclined I recommend you have it installed professionally. If you are used to doing things yourself, you can get it installed in 1 - 2 hours.
This was a very simple installation(less than two hours)and the product is great. The difference it makes is remarkable and really adds to the original nostalgic look and feel of yester-year. I am very satisfied with the application and the quality of the product.
Installed this shifter in my 2006 GT Mustang without a problem. The install was very easy, less than two hours. An extra set of hands is highly recommended. Easy DIY install if you have the tools. Big improvement in the length of throws between gears, almost 40%. Very happy with the end result, and it looks great.
This is the best upgrade I have done for the GT so far! It looks and feels fantastic. I was concerned that with the shorter throw the shift effort would be noticeably higher, but that was not the case. The urethane bushings definitely take the slop out of the shifter and the throws are very precise - although it is "noisier" than stock. I did the installation using a lift at an auto hobby shop. Total time was less than 2 hours. The only problem I had was with the bolt that attaches the front of the shifter rail to the transmission. It's a tight fit up there at the top of the tunnel and a ratcheting wrench is definitely recommended. I had to cut out a small square of the sound/insulation matting on the right side of the tunnel to get that front bolt out and in easily.
The installation was relatively easy, but required some way of raising the car in order to reach the undercarriage. Unbolting the stock shifter and bolting in the new shifter was a matter of unscrewing 3 nuts and 1 bolt. Changing out the shifter itself wasn't as difficult as reaching certain parts underneath the car. The Hurst shifter produced a noticeably shorter throw, and I thought it made the shifting motion much more precise. The only way I can compare it to the stock shifter is that with the Hurst, the 1st to 2nd throw is about as short as 3rd to Neutral with the stock shifter. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase. It looks great, drives great, and was delivered in one day to boot!
Shifter arrived on time and in great shape. The instructions were easy to follow. I am NOT mechanically inclined and I had the old shifter out and the new one in in an hour. The action is a little notchy, but I am finding that it gets easier as the shifter breaks in. Looks great with the retro look of the Mustang.
If you have a 05-09 Mustang GT, this is the first thing you must change or replace. After my brother and I installed the shifter, I really enjoyed driving my car with the huge reduction in travel. This item takes about an hour to install. Worth every penny!
I just completed an installation of this Hurst shift assembly and after a short joy-ride in my 2006 Mustang GT, I am initially very very pleased with the change. I have a 100% stock drivetrain (with the now obvious exception of this shifter).
The installation was not difficult - I'm plenty good with my hands, but I feel that I could have done it with no prior experience given the clear instructions and pictures included in the package. It took perhaps 2 hours for me to complete, but that at a leisurely pace. Were I in a hurry I could have done it in an hour.
Feel before and after is night and day. What I remember of the stock assembly after 130k miles is extreme slop in comparison to the feel now. It's crisp and short, with a definite positive engagement for each gear. The previously difficult transition from 2nd gear to 3rd is replaced with a clean and solid movement.
Included in the package is two rubber gaskets that can be placed between the upper and lower stick to keep the noise and vibration down. I left them off, and am not at all sorry I did. The entire assembly feels rock-solid and much more sport-oriented. For someone who wishes to retain the softer feel: try the insulators.
The only part of the process that was something of a challenge was figuring out how to get the assembly down into place (I foolishly disregarded how I slid the OEM assembly out). Once you figure out where to start it slides in place easily.
Appearance is of course the final important aspect, and Hurst makes a perfect score there.