Thanks for the tips.
So far I'm not having fun. Using an apprentice assistant (my son) and working on jack stands it took me five hours to install the Hurst billet shifter.
After finally getting all bolts tight and parts lined up, I think, it shifts much better than the OME but is noise especially in the handle. If I hold the handle it is not as noisy so something is not right.
The instructions that came in the box were for the one that looks like the Ford Racing shifter. So there is no mention of the shift stop studs or how to adjust them. Does anyone know the thread size of the shift stop studs as I can't find mine.
Would it help if I put the two rubber pads between the upper and lower stick?
The instructions say that the long end of the tube at the bottom of the shifter should point to the passenger side of the car. I installed it that way and it is a pain in the butt to tighten the two screws that hold the upper and lower stick together as the lower shift arm is very close to the console.
Looking at the pictures for both type of shifters I see that the bolts that hold the arms together are on the opposite side of the stick than mine. To have the head of the bolts face the passenger side the longer end of the tube on the shifter bottom would have to face the driver side and that is not what the instructions say.
As soon as I saw made in China on the box I should have sent it back.
BTW I don't have any "scrubbing" sound the OP reported when going over large bumps. I even hit a speed bump at 30 MPH in different gears.
2009 Mustang GT Deluxe, fake hood scoop, Ford Racing Bullitt cold air intake and tune, Hurst billet competition plus shifter.