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Old 04-26-2012, 11:36 AM   #1
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Steeda Tri-Axe or MGW?

Do you you use one of these short throw shifters? If so, explain your pos and negs you have experienced with it.

Hopefully, this will help others make their purchase.
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Re: Steeda Tri-Axe or MGW?

ive had both on 99-04 mustangs and MGW is by far superior. The steeda is more notchy, has more noise, it is a bit more springy though.

The big thing on the MGW is the handle is much more adjustable, 1st gear with the steeda feels like reverse with the MGW~
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Re: Steeda Tri-Axe or MGW?

Cool, and I see MGW has a new handle that you can pickup too. It has a curve on the threaded shaft.

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I wonder if that shifter handle will work well on the steeda tri-ax
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Re: Steeda Tri-Axe or MGW?

dont buy just the handle, the one I am talking about is the orange handle that comes on the shifter that gives you 360 degrees of adjustment. Buy the entire shifter. They are FAR cheaper than the 05+ version and WELL worth it.
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dont buy just the handle, the one I am talking about is the orange handle that comes on the shifter that gives you 360 degrees of adjustment. Buy the entire shifter. They are FAR cheaper than the 05+ version and WELL worth it.
True. This blue handle shifter link I added is a new accessory to your current MGW shifter, I believe.
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Re: Steeda Tri-Axe or MGW?

if it bolts on using two bolt holes then it wont work on an MGW shifter as the mount for the handle is different. Go to MGW LTD., INC. - Accessories for the Corvette, Mustang, Camaro and Viper | CNC Machined and Turned Parts. and you can view the shifter and see what I mean. It bolts to a round center part so the handle can be rotated fully for fine tuning the adjustment you want. MUCH easier reach with this one. The stock mounting handle matches the steeda mount type.

MGW see how the handle connects


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if it bolts on using two bolt holes then it wont work on an MGW shifter as the mount for the handle is different. Go to MGW LTD., INC. - Accessories for the Corvette, Mustang, Camaro and Viper | CNC Machined and Turned Parts. and you can view the shifter and see what I mean. It bolts to a round center part so the handle can be rotated fully for fine tuning the adjustment you want. MUCH easier reach with this one. The stock mounting handle matches the steeda mount type.

MGW see how the handle connects

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Understood. The MGW shifter you speak of is what I was wanting to make the Steeda comparison with. Thanks for the correction.
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if it bolts on using two bolt holes then it wont work on an MGW shifter as the mount for the handle is different. Go to MGW LTD., INC. - Accessories for the Corvette, Mustang, Camaro and Viper | CNC Machined and Turned Parts. and you can view the shifter and see what I mean. It bolts to a round center part so the handle can be rotated fully for fine tuning the adjustment you want. MUCH easier reach with this one. The stock mounting handle matches the steeda mount type.

MGW see how the handle connects

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Re: Steeda Tri-Axe or MGW?

Well I hear awesome things about MGW but I have a Tri-ax and I love it. It's stiff and the springs are too. It basically shifts itself with just a tiny bit of push. And it's center is dead on between 3-4 so picking a gear from neutral is super-easy and accurate. I really love my tri-ax.

But I have never owned a MGW. I'm sure I'd like it too.. But either one of these shifters is 1000000000000000000000 times better than the stock rubbery piece of crap shifter.
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Well I hear awesome things about MGW but I have a Tri-ax and I love it. It's stiff and the springs are too. It basically shifts itself with just a tiny bit of push. And it's center is dead on between 3-4 so picking a gear from neutral is super-easy and accurate. I really love my tri-ax.

But I have never owned a MGW. I'm sure I'd like it too.. But either one of these shifters is 1000000000000000000000 times better than the stock rubbery piece of crap shifter.
Thanks for the info. I'm feeling like either one would be great, but hope to get some more input, for me and the group. Working OT for the next few weeks so I can pick me up one. Did you happen to install your Tri-ax yourself?
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Thanks for the info. I'm feeling like either one would be great, but hope to get some more input, for me and the group. Working OT for the next few weeks so I can pick me up one. Did you happen to install your Tri-ax yourself?
Yes I did. it was rather easy. First you just have to unclip you 2 dash pieces and unplug the buttons for trac control, fog lights, and the 12v power outlet. then you unscrew your shifter knob and remove the shifter sleeve. then take off the stock handle and remove the stock boots and rubber pieces. then unscrew the two plates holding the shifter down and remove the shifter. It's gonna be on there pretty good; what I did was put it in fourth gear and pull back on it pretty hard and it'll come. then just line the bottom of the Tri-ax to go into the little tranny hole and put it on. Don't forget to use a gasket or make one with rtv sealant. Then reinstall everything else in reverse order. 1)Wimpy stock shifter 2)Stock shifter off 3&4)Pics of the Tri-ax on I used RTV copper sealant to make the gasket 5)stock boot back on 6) Handle back on.
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Yes I did. it was rather easy. First you just have to unclip you 2 dash pieces and unplug the buttons for trac control, fog lights, and the 12v power outlet. then you unscrew your shifter knob and remove the shifter sleeve. then take off the stock handle and remove the stock boots and rubber pieces. then unscrew the two plates holding the shifter down and remove the shifter. It's gonna be on there pretty good; what I did was put it in fourth gear and pull back on it pretty hard and it'll come. then just line the bottom of the Tri-ax to go into the little tranny hole and put it on. Don't forget to use a gasket or make one with rtv sealant. Then reinstall everything else in reverse order. 1)Wimpy stock shifter 2)Stock shifter off 3&4)Pics of the Tri-ax on I used RTV copper sealant to make the gasket 5)stock boot back on 6) Handle back on.
Sweet, this is helpful! Was your little thimble sized thingy that you have to put on the new shifter in good shape. Can't remember what the called, bushing maybe.
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Sweet, this is helpful! Was your little thimble sized thingy that you have to put on the new shifter in good shape. Can't remember what the called, bushing maybe.
Yes. All pieces should just transfer right over or not be used at all. A few of the rubber pieces will actually be deleted using a short throw shifter which is what allows that pesky transmission sound to sneak into the cabin.

But honestly... I never hear the tranny noise because my car is really loud and so is my stereo. haha
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Yes. All pieces should just transfer right over or not be used at all. A few of the rubber pieces will actually be deleted using a short throw shifter which is what allows that pesky transmission sound to sneak into the cabin.

But honestly... I never hear the tranny noise because my car is really loud and so is my stereo. haha
Yup, I don't think I'm gonna give a flop about noise either. Thanks!
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Re: Steeda Tri-Axe or MGW?

if changing the shifter yourself take the time to change your transmission fluid, you can pour it into the area the shifter bolts to after you drain the current of course
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if changing the shifter yourself take the time to change your transmission fluid, you can pour it into the area the shifter bolts to after you drain the current of course
Good point! I read in other sources that Mobile 1 ATF is the preferred fluid for the TR-3650. I put Royal Purple in when I first got the car and had synchro probs even when it was warm. I put in the Mobile 1 and all that went away.
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Question - Is there a "break in" for these short-throw (or any aftermarket) shifter?
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Question - Is there a "break in" for these short-throw (or any aftermarket) shifter?
There were no "break in" instructions with my MGW
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I just ordered an MGW shifter today, I'll report back once I install it.
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I just ordered an MGW shifter today, I'll report back once I install it.
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I just ordered an MGW shifter today, I'll report back once I install it.
Unfortunately, I need to wait until July. Can't wait to hear how you like it! Also, info on the install.
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Re: Steeda Tri-Axe or MGW?

Hello guys. New to this forum. I wrote a brief install guide with plenty of pics for the MGW[another forum]. It's a great shifter and i have been running it for 6 years now. Here is a short video of the smoth easy shift's it makes Mgw Daily driving - YouTube i will get around to posting my install guide tomorrow
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