Installing short shifters in cars is something muscle car enthusiasts have been doing since the dawn of motoring time. It is one of the simplest ways to get down the track faster by reducing the amount of travel between each gear’s gate. But outside of being able to shift faster, they offer a sturdier feel and striking good looks.
Our 2011 Mustang project car “Wild E. Coyote” boasts 600 rwhp through its Vortech supercharged Coyote 5-liter and an updated suspension from Ford Racing, though the remainder of the drivetrain has been otherwise untouched. We wanted to add some additional flare to Coyote’s relatively stock-looking interior while updating the problem-prone stock shifter assembly.
The main gripe in the 2011 Mustang’s shifter is the rear stabilizer that reinforces the shifter, plus the unneeded long throws. We turned to a company that has been making shifters longer than anyone else, Hurst, for their new Billet/Plus 2 shifter. It packs a whopping 27% throw reduction and improves upon the mighty 5.0’s drive-line, with a new billet aluminum base housing and a spherical pivot bearing. The higher durometer rear stabilizer bushing bolts into the stock bracket while reducing that sloppy shifter flex feel.
The Interchangeable upper stick will accept any Hurst stick with a two-bolt pattern or an addition stick is included that will retain the stock shift knob. A redesigned, spring loaded reverse lock-out improves factory “push down” lock-out detent design.
The main gripe of the MT-82 transmission has been the sloppy shifter and Hurst completely eliminates that problem.
While the Hurst shifter added some much needed bling to our relatively stock-looking Mustang’s interior, it also added function. The main gripe of the MT-82 transmission has been the sloppy shifter and Hurst completely eliminates that problem by giving you the ability to know that every time you shift you actually know it is in gear, and reducing the throw by 27% gets you there faster. The stiffer rear bushing assembly further reduces that feeling of bending the shifter during hard shift. With a street price of under $300 and an installation time of around two hours, this is possibly the easiest way to get down the track more consistently!