Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: portland oregon
Re: McLeod Muscle 5 speed install.
I'm going to assume the T5/Mcleod 5 speed are very similar to the center position of the T56, which I'm familiar with. I needed my shifter over at the left side location and moved forward also to clear my bench seat (no console). Height was a concern so I was forced to saw the oem T56 shifter low and bored a flat iron plate with a 3/4" hole to fit snugly over what was left of the shifter stub, which only extended up maybe 3/4" above the seal plate. Now I welded a shifter arm adapter to that plate where I wanted it, maybe 2.5" to the left and 2" forward. All's well with this but getting a good plug weld on that stub isn't exactly easy. Failed the first attempt and the shifter broke off in my hand with spirited shifting. I came up with a fix....drill/tap a 3/8" hole down the stub and run a grade 8 bolt down there. Now I just welded the adapter plate to that bolt and installed. After I was happy with the position, I drilled a 1/8" hole down along side that bolt and sunk a roll pin. This way that bolt can't back out. If I ever have to remove it, I'll have to drill that roll pin out and just twist the shifter back out.
This was all necessary because I couldn't find an offset shifter shallow enough to fit and look like oem from the topside. Besides, the cheapest shifter I could find was $300.
Keep in mind, the more you offset, the more the shifter will "rock" and that can interfere with your boot or the bottom of the console. That's probably why McLeod limits the offset.