Mustang Transmissions: How To Fix MT82 Missed Shifts

Mustang Transmissions: How To Fix MT82 Missed Shifts

Last Updated February 5, 2020 | Chris Cervenka

The Infamous Third Gear Lockout…

If you have driven a 2011+ Mustang with the manual Getrag MT-82 transmission, odds have it that you’ve experienced second into third gear high-rpm lockout. If you’ve owned a Mustang in the past a Fox Body, for example, the T5 handles a hard third gear shift a lot differently than an MT-82. Where a T5 responds better to a swift, quick and hard push into third gear, the MT-82 will more than likely lock you out of third using force over finesse.

Due to these differences in Mustang transmissions, it’s important for the driver to practice and ensure that there isn’t operator error when it comes to pushing these transmissions to the limit. Once you have reached that point, there are some aftermarket parts out there that will definitely aid your MT-82s supposed downfalls.

Blowfish Racing Manual Shifter Bracket

Mustang Blowfish Transmission Support Bracket Installed Blowfish Bracket Installed On Mustang

Regardless of whether you stick with your factory shifter or upgrade to a short throw, the most bang for your buck when it comes to fixing those missed shifts will come from a Blowfish Bracket.

The MT-82 transmission features a semi-remote mount shifter which means the shifter doesn’t sit directly on top of the transmission like the T5 in a Fox Body Mustang, for example. Ford did this more than likely because it results in reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) for comfort characteristics, but as you could assume, driveability is affected. For example, there is a small amount of deflection in both the semi-remote mount linkage and flimsy shifter bracket which can result in unwanted missed shifts under load.

The Blowfish Bracket solves this issue by essentially converting the MT-82’s semi-remote mount shifter into a solid mount setup. The added rigidity from this mount will take the notchiness and uncertainty out of the factory mount and replaces it with buttery smooth, confidence-inspiring shifts. The best part is that this bracket works with most aftermarket short throw shifters and the factory shifter.

Barton Short Throw Shifter

Gotta Have It Race Track CJ Pony Parts Factory 2011-2014 MT-82 Shifter Bracket

The next step to solving your missed shift problem on your Mustang’s MT-82 transmission after picking up a Blowfish Bracket would be a Barton Short Throw Shifter. When you take the ~40% reduction in shift throws and combine it with the confidence you get behind a Blowfish Bracket, the results are purely awesome.

If you’re worried about NVH, don’t be. Blowfish Racing’s latest design features built-in bushings reduce NVH to near stock levels all while having the benefits of essentially having a solid mount shifter. Pair that with the Barton Shifter, and you’ll be nailing that pesky 2-3 shift every time.

CJ’s Gotta Have It Race Project Car

Questioning this combo? It’s been tested and proven by the CJ Team. Time and time again, we’ve used this lethal combination of the Barton Short Throw Shifter and Blowfish Bracket on the CJ’s Gotta Have It Race 2013 GT to eventually push that naturally aspirated Coyote motor deep into the 11s with a few bolt-ons!

The combination of the Barton Shifter and Blowfish Bracket allowed our Product Specialist, Bill Tumas, to power our project car through the 1320 foot marker at a best of 11.050 @ 123.8 mph! Obviously, we had other bolt-ons installed on the race car, but the shifter/bracket combo allowed for consistency among Bill’s run down the quarter mile. And for anyone who is continually trying to get their quarter-mile times down, this is the fix for you!

Mustang Transmissions: How To Fix MT82 Missed Shifts

It can be frustrating when you’re getting on the gas, practicing your launches and have trouble hitting the 1-2 and 2-3 shifts in your MT-82 equipped Mustang. Adding a Barton Short Throw Shifter and Blowfish Bracket will help alleviate any notchiness or uncertainty in your shifts and get you down the quarter quicker than ever. So, be sure to check out the selection of transmission parts available for your Mustang at!

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