Wow, dead thread returns... That mustang I was waiting on about owned me...luckily the car hauler dude smashed it unloading it, I couldn't even get a test drive...reordered without as much obsessing over it, best car I ever owned... 6 yrs later still a blast to drive, as much as the first time I got the keys. Ford did a great job on these cars.
On the shifter topic, I put a 09 gt take off shifter in my 06, way,way better than the flimsy 06 version, haven't missed third since.
The tranny in thes cars do NOT like redline shifting...burned my 2nd gear synchro second time at the track. Royal purple synchro max 'fixed' it! I put up with a balky 2nd for over 6 months, tried the RP, within a half hour was better than new, another couple dozen runs down the track, I can still redline shift 2 nd and 3rd fine... But my clutch is getting a little on the chattery side
Cannot strongly enough recommend royal purple synchro max for anyone with this transmission. I have heard similar ' night and day' difference stories about a couple other synthetics too, but personally never tried them.