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UPR's '05-'10 Short Throw Shifter Installed

Here are some photos we snapped of the short throw shifter installation on our 2006 Mustang GT, featuring UPR's Blu Thunder Billet Shifter:

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Ford Mustang TR3650 TR-3650 Short Throw Billet Competition Blu Thunder Shifter at UPR Products - Lifetime Warranty!

The installation instructions are listed here:
http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/yhst-...stallation.pdf

Unbolt the original shifter from underneath the car.
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Move up top to remove the center console so you can pull the shifter out from the top.
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...s/Shifter2.jpg

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UPR Blu Thunder Billet Shifter vs OEM floppything.
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...s/Shifter4.jpg

Install the Blue Thunder Shifter with the long side of the lever toward the driver's side.
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...s/Shifter5.jpg

Adjust the stops.
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...s/Shifter6.jpg

Attach the handle and the inner boot.
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...s/Shifter7.jpg

Reinstall the center console, shifter boot, and your choice of shift knob. We chose the billet ball with the 5-speed pattern.
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...s/Shifter8.jpg


DRIVING IMPRESSIONS: This was a good upgrade. The UPR shifter tightens up a lot of the slop which is caused by the soft bushings in the factory shifter, and the shorter throw is much more like I've been accustomed to in my other Mustangs.

I should also point out that due to the "semi-remote" design of the shifter on these S197s, there is still a slight feeling of vagueness caused by the twisting motion of the drivetrain, but when we installed polyurethane engine mounts on this '06 GT, it made the shifter feel even more precise.

As is always the case with UPR Products, this shifter is Made in America, it carries a Lifetime Guarantee, and we offer forum members a 10% discount on it.



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Anyone else try this shifter and have any reviews? Looking at upgrading mine soon.

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Do you have any more pictures of the final installation? I'd like to see how close (or far away) the knob is to the AC controls. Stock is super close and I've seen other makes that move the knob back a couple inches or so from the controls.

Also - does this shifter have an "assist" spring? I may have just overlooked in the description.
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Do you have any more pictures of the final installation? I'd like to see how close (or far away) the knob is to the AC controls. Stock is super close and I've seen other makes that move the knob back a couple inches or so from the controls.

Also - does this shifter have an "assist" spring? I may have just overlooked in the description.
Here, I just snapped a pic for you and attached it below. The shifter is in third gear and it's nowhere near the climate controls. FULL DISCLOSURE: I'm a tweeker. I've had three different handles (not knobs, handles) on this shifter. The Trick Stick, the 79-04 handle (which is offset toward the rear), and this custom handle. The Trick Stick was a little tall for my taste, so I tried the 79-04 handle thinking it would be lower and farther back. However, fourth gear was awkwardly far back. My elbow was past my side, behind my back. Not good. So I made a custom handle which is about 1/2" shorter than the Trick Stick and that's what's in this picture. Honestly, you probably wouldn't notice the difference if I hadn't mentioned it. But I'm all about truth in advertising. I want misrepresent our products.

There is not a centering spring in our shifter. It uses the transmission's centering springs. I've powershifted the car a few times and it works flawlessly. Personally, I'm not sure the centering springs are all that helpful on a semi-remote style shifting mechanism like S197s have. If you want a really precise gate, you need to use a direct-shift transmission like the Tremec Magnum XL. Anything else is sub par.

In my opinion the UPR shifter works really well, at half the cost of some of our competitors. As I mentioned earlier, the polyurethane motor mount made the shifter feel more precise as well. I'd say this combo is as good as it gets without upgrading to the Tremec Magnum XL.
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Thanks for the picture and the update

It appears to be a solid piece, and the price is right compared to the others on the market.
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Thanks for the picture and the update

It appears to be a solid piece, and the price is right compared to the others on the market.
Thanks. I'm very happy with it.

The only way I'll be removing this shifter is if I swap to a Tremec Magnum XL.


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