the stock shifter takes less efford than any of them due to its longer shift handle, this makes you have more leverage on the tranny and it shifts smoother, a new shifter makes you have a much more positive feel for the car and to me is much easier to drive with. The notchy shifts in the tranny are normal, this is wht you get when you ACTUALLY drive a car with a shifter in the tranny... not a long *** bar that connects a FWD tranny to the shifter. The transmission is directly be low the shifter so your right on it.
If you have severe notchy ness shifting gears, takes alot of force to get into the next gear then it sounds to be like your linkage is not right or your clutch is going bad.
the stock v6 clutch is EXTREMLY light and takes VERY little pressure to operate compared to the gt model. It is more than some other cars that have hydrolic clutch's but its still not very much.
for your position I would first and formost make sure my clutch cable is correctly set up and my fork arm is set correctly in the transmission. You want to make SURE you have plenty of cable when you shift gears.
I would consider putting on a new clutch cable it may really smooth things out clutch petal wise. Do this with or before the next step.
You can for sure fix the problem by simply buying a clutch cable adjuster and a firewall adjuster for your car, the final peice is a petal hight adjustment kit from maximum motorsports for reasons I wont go into here ( ill link at the bottom for you )
This will allow you to custom taylor your clutch to your needed and also will give a longer life of course. If you adjust the clutch the way I have listed in my article, http://www.mustangevolution.com/arti...utchadjustment
, you will be sure you have the correct clutch set up and mark off the clutch cable and set up from potential issues.
The above items are pretty darn cheap, now if nothing works its time to check the clutch. The stock clutch parts are also pretty darn cheap to get as well. www.gefracing.com
has them, ive priced them and i was amazed. They are a ford dealership out of georgia that has a nice website. Simply go there and call them since they dont list oem ford stuff on their site now, but definatly give them a try.
You will need to replace everything, its so cheap and its also cheap insurance.... so do it ALL!!!!! this includes:
Resurfacing the flywheel if it can be or buy another (they are cheap)
Check bearing retainer on input shaft for scratches, only replace if needed
check input shaft end play
Finally make sure your clutch cable is new
These parts are cheap and if you are going to do a clutch install you had better do them all , since the labor is far more than the parts and you dont want to have a throwout bearing go bad a week after the install cuz you were to cheap to pay 35 dollars for now... now its time to spend 250 again... or more
lol dont let that happen.
Your problems are more than likly pretty easy to fix so dont freak out just yet, I have been though 5 throwout bearings from fords wonderful quality work and parts... fun stuff.
read the article above and then come back with some replies and we shall do some more digging.