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How-to Install: Short Throw Shifter

First off I would like to say we recently started carrying these kits from Mid-West Trans. So I ordered one for my truck because I hate the long shift between gears.

10mm shallow socket
13mm deep socket
6" extension
5mm allen wrench
dead blow hammer
blunt punch
Phillips screwdriver
stick magnet
magnetic tray

2 - Cans of Brake Cleaner
1 - tube black sylicone
1 - tube red thread lock

Allow 2hrs from start to finish(this is being generous) it shoulding take long at all.

Disclaimer: I was kind of in a hurry and didn't set my camera for closeups.

First start by removing the four screws holding the dust boot to the floor

Once that is up use the 10mm and rachet to remove the two bolts holding the shifter to the tranny

Once that is pulled use the 13mm deep socket, 6" extension and the rachet to remove the 8 bolts that hold the top of the shifter to the tranny.

Be easy when removing the cover from the tranny because the Reverse lockout spring(located in upper right corner in pic below) will pop out and fall down in the tranny. So be VERY careful

Once out of the truck take your 5mm allen wrench and remove the four bolts holding the tin cover to aluminum housing

Once removed take your brake cleaner and clean up the parts real good.(makes for better reinstall)

When you take it apart remove the plastic clips that hold the shift rod in the aluminum housing.(Yellow thing in pic below)

Once you have done that reinstall plasic clips on the new shifter rod. So you remember what how they came off and where they go.

In the alumimun housing there is a detent. Take your punch and put it on the tin ring(DO NOT put it in the center hole or hit the aluminum) hammer until the detent pops out of the bottom. You may have to hit it hard and it will bend a little but once it starts it will come on out.

(sorry no pics they didn't turn out)

Once its all disassembled apply silicon to bottom side of aluminum spacer and stick to the aluminum housing from the shifter. Install aluminum plug(supplied with kit) into the aluminum housing and the detent into the aluminum spacer. (little dab of silicon helps to hold it all in place)

Take to truck and run another bead of silicon on the bottom of the aluminum spacer. Place it on the transmission and use the new bolts supplied with the kit to bolt it all down to the truck.(Using the 13mm and rachet)

Once installed in the truck run another bead of silicone on top the aluminum housing. Take your shifter handle and gently place it into the tranny. Align the ball with the socket in the tranny.

Apply a dab of thread lock to the 4 allen screws and reinstall then in the aluminum housing.

Should look like this when your through(except cleaner:doh

Once that is installed add another dab of threadlock to the 2 10mm bolts holding the shifter to tranny. Tighten down

Push rubber boot down to floor and tighten all 4 screws back down.

And your done.

By far one the best mods I have done to the truck. Well worth the time and money invested.

If anyone would be interested please feel free to PM me for more details and availability.

Note: Two hardest parts were getting the detent out of the original housing and making sure the parts realigned back in the tranny.

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Thanks for the addition. I moved it to the Tech article Section .


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I am assuming that this is a zf-5? That doesn't look like my zf-6... Great write up though. FWIW the zf-6 swap is even easier as there isn't a reverse lock out. It is a simple 8 bolts (If I remember correctly) off the transmission, and install dan's supplied longer bolts through the provided spacer with some RTV in between and you are off and running. Dan is a great guy with a great product and customer service. It feels weird to shift a normal zf-6 after my swap. You will love it.

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Yup that is the ZF5 spd and we also have them for the 6 spd

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