PRO - 5.0 Shifter Install
Written by Mustangworld.
This mod won't make your stang any faster, but boy will it improve how your Mustang shifts! We decided to install a Pro-5.0 All billet shifter into our 4.6L. We like the feel of this shifter. It feels silky smooth and works so well, that it even has a 30-day money back guarantee! It costs $180. Don't let the name fool you, it works great on 4.6L and 5.0 engines perfectly.
As far as we are concerned they could have also included a "never miss 3rd" guarantee as well, because you will NEVER miss 3rd gear ever again. It's has a unique "patent pending" off-set shift mechanism that works well. All you have to do to get into 3rd in a panic fast situation is push up on the stick, the shifter "finds" third gear for you. We are not talking about a spring loaded self centering deal here, we are talking about a true 2nd to 3rd off-set shift mechanism. You can notice this right away while driving. The pivot point in this new shifter is raised and the stick is also shorter than the stock stick. There are no rubber bushings in the Pro-5.0 either. We did not notice much extra vibration in the stick. Pro-5.0 claims 95% of the vibration is absorbed by their "floating" design, it really does feel that way.
In actuality (for conversation), the T45 in your 4.6L is a T5. It's just beefed up a bit more than the stock T5, so most shifters made for the T5 will work on your T45 (4.6L transmission). There are other differences between the T5 and T45, but for the most part they are very similar and the gear shift mount locations are in the exact same place. This Pro-5.0 kit will fit on any T5 or T45 transmission for '83 and up Mustangs. The aftermarket Tremec trans (like we have in our 5.0) uses a different shifter design.
This shifter also uses "Stop Bolts" which makes it impossible to over extend the shift forks and damage them, so hit your shifter as hard as you like, no damage ! The stock shifter does not have this feature. The stock Tremec trans shifter unit has this feature built in however, but not the T5, T45.
Will this solve your grinding problem (if you have one) ? Probably not. Let's briefly look at the way we categorize a few transmission problems:
"Gear slamming". This is when you do a quick gear grind, BUT your trans still engages the gear, this is usually related to a clutch problem, go to your dealer or adjust it yourself if you know what you are doing. DON'T mess with the self adjusting clutch mechanism if your stang is under warranty, why? Because it's only a temporary fix, you may have a more serious problem and your actions may cause even more problems, before you do this or any other mods it's "dealertime" for you. Go to your dealer, demand a fix... If your stang is out of warranty then do whatever you want at your own risk. If you like to "powershift" (fast shifts, shifting while still on the gas, etc..) then we'd recommend an aftermarket clutch quadrant AND cable, they are easy to install and will allow "toggle switch" engagement/adjustment of your clutch for your racing needs. We use one in our 5.0.
The next is out-right "Gear grinding". This is when your gears really grind and you can't get into gear. OR when your transmission falls out of gear OR if it's hard to shift your stang. These problems mean internal transmission damage has occurred. Either bent shift forks (hard to shift your stang) or damaged synchronizers (won't engage, constant grinding of certain gears). This does not mean you can't drive with this damage in place. You may still be able to drive for another 100,000 miles WITH a damaged tranny, but don't expect top performance out of it when racing.
Getting an aftermarket shifter with these "stop bolts" will actually increase your tranny life by preventing possible damage from occurring. It won't prevent damage from out-right "bad shifting", but you get the idea.
On with the install !
OK... HERE WE GO!