Whether it be the 4-speed manual on the legendary 1969 BOSS Mustang or a 2012 V6 that’s running a close-ratio 6-speed transmission; owners of every single generation of Mustang know and love the joy of rowing their own gears. From the very beginning of its development, the manual transmission has been at the center of the driving experience that the pony car engineers at Ford have carefully curated for their owners. Every single generation since 1964 has offered a manual transmission option. Even as the Mustang has evolved into a supercar shaming machine with an incredible Dual Clutch transmission and over 700 horsepower, GT models, and Ecoboost models continue to offer a huge amount of value for the “save the manuals” enthusiast on a budget.
Among the most famous of all transmissions ever offered in the Mustang, the Tremec T-5 stands at the top of the heap and did duty in one version of the Mustang or another from 1983, all the way up until 2010! The Tremec gearbox was remarkably durable and offered Mustang owners a proper 5-speed unit that could absolutely go the long haul and handle the riggers of modification. Other notable gearboxes from Mustang generations are the Tremec T-56 found in the “Terminator” SVT Cobra and the modern Tremec TR-3160 found in the incredible GT350. Getrag also joined the Mustang lineup with its MT82 unit in 2011, although this transmission is a bit of a black-sheep in the Mustang family. Let’s just say that this infamous 6-speed unit displays some serious “issues” that have led some owners to seek legal remedies. That’s another story for another day.
The connection between driver and machine is best made with a proper 3 pedal set up and a beautifully weighted shifter to properly move through the gears. Upshifting perfectly at redline or nailing a proper heel-toe downshift before going around your favorite corner is one of the great joys of owning a Mustang and the proper shift knob is at the center of this dance. Steeda offers a huge variety of shift knobs; from the Fox Body, all the way up through the modern S550. These beautifully crafted shit knobs offer up the benefits of additional grip and complementing the styling cues of the driver-focused cockpit.
Many of the original shift knobs on Mustangs were a combination of plastics, vinyl and if you’re lucky enough to own higher-end trim, you may have had a leather-wrapped knob. Steeda offers a selection of material but mong the most popular are Billet aluminum and “cue ball” style units with Billet aluminum collars. Upgrading your shift knob is also exceedingly easy! In most models, all you have to do is unscrew the existing knob and screw on the brand new unit. That’s right, it only takes a few minutes to drastically upgrade your Mustangs interior.
No matter what you’re looking to do with your Mustang interior, you should absolutely start with the simple upgrade of a shift knob and the team at Steeda has you covered!