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A few days ago there were several posts about T-5 shifter improvements. I have a T-5 in
my soon to be driveable fastback. I think the stock shifter works great. It is such an
improvement over the bars and bellcrank system used on all old U.S. iron in the past.
Clue me in. Do the aftermarket kits change the throws? Do they even shift nicer? I'm going
to destroy the factory 4spd. shift lever to adapt it to the new tranny. Can you do this
with the aftermarket units? Thanks.
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One of the major factors in T-5 failures is that the stock shifter does not have stops. The aftermarket shifters do. Most of them also shorten the throws and shift better than the stock shifter.

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My 66' has a Tremec in it. Although the stock Tremec shifter is more robust than the one in the T5 I put a B&M Ripper Shifter in it. It is much nicer, so I can imagine the difference in a T5. The Ripper is biased and really makes the 2-3 shift a dream. Beware, the unit now comes witha one-piece shifter handle so if you want to adapt it to a stock looking Ford handle you'll have to cut it off and drill/tap some holes in it. Go slowly as it's made of cast 17-4PH stainless steel (brittle).

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I believe my T5 has a steeda shifter on it. It's shorter, has positive stops, and I like it much better than the stock shifter. Stock feels pretty sloppy once you have an aftermarket shifter, but you're right, it's already 200% better than the old 4 speed.


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What are stops? I have the T-5 in my Fastback with a stock shifter that came with the crossmember kit...Can you use the stock looking arm and wood handle with the aftermarket shifters?

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Hurst makes a handle for their shifters that has that retro look to it, the guys on horsepower tv did this swap in a red 66 fastback. Stops stop the shifter from going to far and screwing up the shift forks in the tranny. This is what happened to my '91 and now it won't stay in 2nd sometimes. I guess I bought Mac shifter to late!

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