Installing Steeda Autosports’ short-throw shifter for the 2015+ Mustang
By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Steeda Autosports
For as long as we can remember, one of the most upgraded parts on a Mustang has been the shifter. As we know, Ford engineers are constantly striking a balance between honing Mustang performance and building a car that the average consumer will accept. It seems that balancing act has become even more challenging as the Mustang attracts new customers.
When it comes to shifters, performance enthusiasts want more precision, and shorter shifts. However, while those of us that have seen the car’s improvements since the Fox era don’t mind a bit of communication from our performance parts, today’s Mustangers might not be as tolerant.
That brings us to Steeda’s new Tri-Ax shifter for the 2015+ Mustang (PN 555-7316; $114.95) with the MT-82 six-speed manual transmission. It is designed to supplant the factory shift lever, while retaining the factory shifter assembly. By doing so, it hastens shifting by 15 percent, while retaining those factory NVH levels.
Installing this unit is pretty straight-forward and it can be done without removing the factory shifter assembly. However, there are several steps to this process. As such, we made a trip down to Steeda’s Pompano Beach, Florida, campus to document the installation of this unit on the company’s in-house EcoBoost Mustang. So, if you’d like to sharpen the shifting of your S550, follow along as Steeda’s Steve Chichisola swaps the stick.