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Ford Mustang test of vibrating LED shift knob

Gone are the days when kids are forced into learning to drive a manual as part of driver’s education, and even more prominent is the slush box automatic transmission.  But while the lack of rowing gears through the years might not have affected the Ford Mustang as much as other automobiles on the road, it’s easy enough to see that automatic and CVT transmissions are by far the majority the populous desires.

So, what’s a good compromise for the Mustang driver who wants the advantages and capabilities of a manual gearbox, but fears the sometimes intimidating initial learning curve which comes along with learning just what to do, and when, the time comes about to shift?  Well, how about a shift knob which both illuminates and vibrates when the “typical” shift point is reached, in order to help a less-skilled driver achieve the experience of driving a manual at a more rapid pace.

With LED technology, parts from an Xbox, and a little bit of Open Source crowd-sourcing, the following video gives you the answers to the questions held this whole time.  Enjoy!

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UPR 2011 – 2012 Ford Mustang 6-speed shifter

Aftermarket Ford Mustang shifters have been one of the first modifications every enthusiast goes after within the first 5 or so tweaks to their cars.  Why?  Because a short-throw shifter is one of the quickest bang-for-the-buck ways to get a good handle on the Mustang, reducing the shifting motion by up to 20%, making for a quicker snap to the next gear, ultimately becoming more efficient & speedy while rowing down the track or the road course.  UPR Products has recently released their very own CNC Billet Aluminum shifter for the 2011 Mustang & 2012 Mustang GT and V6 trims equipped with the 6-speed transmission.  What’s more, we aren’t seeing a dramatic inflationary trend here; the price is right and about what we’ve paid for several short-throw shifter kits in the past 15 years of modifying our very own project cars.

Keep reading for the full details in the quick snippet from UPR…

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Grab ‘n Go! Ninosport Shift Knob with LeMans Stripes for the Ford Mustang

Ninosport LeMans shift ball

The team at Ninosport Mustang Performance & Styling parts has just released a classic race-inspired Retro Shifter Ball with LeMans Stripes.  It is designed to fit nicely inside any 2005 through 2010 Ford Mustang equipped with a manual transmission with the stock shifter still in place.  The LeMans Stripe shifter ball itself is crafted from a high quality resin just like the material used in competition billiard balls, so it is made to last a lifetime.  This resin, aside from its good looks, is also quite functional in the respect that it protects the Mustang pilot’s hand from heat and cold transfer, resulting in improved driver comfort.  Keep reading to get the rest of the details in the Press Release from Ninosport!

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2010 Ford Mustang Center Console and Climate Control

2010 Ford Mustang Shifter & Console

So far, Ford has shown us the front seats, the dash, and the shifter knob of the 2010 Mustang–now we get to see just a little more of the interior.  This week’s teaser gives us a full perspective of the center console and the lower accessory controls in the new pony car.  What we have here is a definite move up in class with some elegant chrome trim (of what could be the next IUP package…or could be standard) around the shifter bezel as well as the accessory knobs.  The climate control system appears to have been updated to a push-button setup and also allows for two distinct climate zones for the Mustang’s front occupants.  The traction control button also gets a relocation downward, more adjacent to the shifter.  These changes aren’t watershed by any means, but the true enthusiasts know exactly what is evolving.  The true rendition will solidify all of our past teasings and suppositions in just a few weeks, at the LA Auto Show.

Grab ‘n Go – the 2010 Mustang Shifter

2010 Ford Mustang shifter

This week, Ford shows us yet another segment of the 2010 Mustang interior.  Last week, we saw the new Mustang dash and cluster, and now, we get a bit of a zoomed look of what was blacked out in the prior image.  This 2010 Mustang shifter is definitely the highest class gear changer we have seen in the Mustang straight from the factory line.  Its unique polished metal finish gives it an aura of luxury inside the already posh S197 interior of today.  Also, it could just be the angle of the shot, but we were noticing that the actual shifter itself seems shortened a bit.  If so, this could be the aftermarket influencing the market, given the demand for short-throw shifters by many Mustang fans.  We just have one word of caution on a hot, sunny day: bring a cloth to cover the handle.  Today’s aftermarket shifter knob owners know this story all too well.