Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter Installation Instructions
T-5 and T-45 transmissions.  


Note: 1986 and earlier cars require removal of the center console to install the shifter.   Consult a shop manual for this procedure.   All other cars follow the procedure below.  

  1. Unscrew the shift knob and remove the shift boot and console cover plate assembly.   (Push your fingers into the boot, hook your fingers under console plate and lift up).  

  2. Remove the factory shift handle with a 10mm wrench.  

  3. Remove the four bolts (8mm) holding the inner rubber shift boot plate and remove the boot.  

  4. Remove the four bolts (13mm) holding the factory shifter to the transmission.   The shifter is bonded tightly to the transmission with adhesive sealant.   A quick blow to the base (not lever) with a block of wood should break the shifter free without damaging it.   If that doesn't work, try using vice grips to grab the forwardmost/right edge of the body of the shifter, and "peel" it back towards you.  

  5. Make sure the plastic bushing is still in the transmission where the shift lever moves the gear selector.   If it is not there, look for on the end of the shifter, as sometimes ft comes out with the stock shifter.  


  1. Scrape any remaining gasket material off the transmission and dean off any oil or dirt.  

  2. Make sure the plastic bushing is still in the transmission.  

  3. Apply a thin bead of silicone gasket maker to the transmission mounting surface.  

  4. Install the new shifter using the new bolts provided (8mm x 1.25 x 20mm long stainless steel).   Don't reuse the factory bolts, they are too short for the new shifter.  

  5. SET THE SHIFTER STOPS as follows:

    • Back off the stop bolts so that the shifter moves freely into all gears

    • Place the shifter in first gear and thread the stop bolt towards the shift lever by hand until ft contacts the shift lever.  

    • Once the stop bolt contacts the shift lever, back off the bolt 1/4 to 1/2 turn, until there is a small air gap (about  .015") between the shift lever and the stop.  

    • Hold the bolt with a 1/2" wrench while tightening the jam nut against the shifter tower with another wrench.  

    • Double check the space between the shift lever and the stop bolt.   When you pull hard on the shift lever it should contact the stop bolt, but when you let go of the lever it should not touch the bolt, but have a small air gap between them.  

    • Place the shifter in second gear and adjust the other stop bolt

    • Shift the shifter through all gears and double check the stop clearance in each gear.   The shifter must be able to shift freely Into all gears and rest in gear without interference from the stop bolts.  

  6. Place the BootGuard washer over the shift lever.   (The large washer slips over the top of the lever and slides down until ft sits on the "step" in the lever.  )

  7. Place the inner shift boot over the shift lever until it rests on the BootGuard.   This is the rubber boot which bolts to the transmission tunnel, not the rubber boot which was attached to the factory shifter.  ) Reinstall the inner boot with the four factory bolts.  

  8. Install the new shift handle at the desired position with the two bolts (8mm x 25mm long) and lock washers provided.   Tighten bolts securely with a wrench.   It is recommended that the handle be installed in the higher position for the greatest driver comfort.   For the shortest throw, install the handle in the lower position.  

  9. Install the console cover plate, shift boot and knob.   Important Always use an ant-seize compound on the threads when installing an aluminum shift knob onto the Steeda shift handle.  

    NOTE: Because the Steeda shifter eliminates the factory rubber noise isolators (as do all high performance shifters) you will hear more gear noise or "gear whine" from the transmission once the shifter is installed.   This noise is normal, and comes from the transmission, not the shifter.   The vibrations that cause the noise are always present but are hidden by rubber isolators in the original shifter and shift handle.   The isolators which absorb the noise are also mostly responsible for the sloppy, rubbery feeling of the stock shifter, so ft is necessary to eliminate them for a performance shifter.  

    Some of this noise can be eliminated by removing the rubber boot from the original shifter and stretching ft over the top of the new shifter (after the stops have been set and the BootGuard washer installed).   To make room for this extra rubber boot ft is necessary to attach the handle in the upper position.  

    Click here for a description of how I dealt with this vibration and noise.