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Old 03-17-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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Short throw shifters

So im thinking about getting a mgw short throw what are your guys thoughts? Is steeda better and how low are each of them over stock? Is mgw a good brand? Im also gonna get a counter sunk weighted shift knob for easier shifting. Just a couple questions thanks!
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I've had a couple different kinds. Just installed a MGW on the Cobra too yesterday. They are the finest shifters out there. I had forgotten what a drastic change stock is to a st shifter. MGW is absolutely quiet, smooth. I've heard that the PRO 5.0 is nice also.
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There's a reason MGW is the most expensive.
It is absolutely the best there is.
I've driven Steeda Tri-Ax (I HATED that rattly piece if sh*t), Pro 5.0, Hurst, and MGW.
MGW is the ONLY company with a unique shift mechanism. Steeda, Hurst, Pro 5.0, and every other company just rehash the worn out old factory shifter handle mechanism and raise the fulcrum up a tiny bit to make the throw shorter. It's exactly the same as your factory shifter; same slop, same sh*tty centering spring design, same old junk design, you just pay for the higher fulcrum and billet casting.
MGW completely redesigned the mechanics of the shifter by modifying the fulcrum location as well as the handle attachment design to be fully adjustable. Their mechanism is more durable and gives the smoothest shifting possible, all while completely eliminating the rattle inherent in the factory/basic aftermarket design.
Seriously, MGW costs more because its the best.
It's completely adjustable from almost stock to a 2" throw (I don't know exactly, but mine is cranked all the way down and the throw is miles shorter than any other company's product). The handle even pivots to any direction. Sure, it gets really notchy at the shorter throws, but there's zero doubt about whether you're in gear. It clicks into every gear. The centering springs are just amazing! When going from 2-3, I honestly just push the ball up and let the springs pull me into the middle track. It's IMPOSSIBLE to miss 2-3 unless you're god-awful at driving a stick.
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Shifters are a personal opinion thing. I've got nothing against the mgw but in prefer the tri-ax. The mgw offers more adjustability but I find it less precise and less positive than the tri ax. It is easier to shift with on a dd basis. Either shifter is good but if you want a very positive and notchy shifter where you always feel when it's in gear, get the tri ax. As for the shift knob itself. I make my own from full sized billiards balls. They're heavy enough and the right size for my hands. I wouldn't pay big money for a shift knob. Just get something you like.
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I have the Hurst short throw in my 98 gt not a big fan of the handle tho
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I have always heard great things about the MGW for the 99-04's
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I have a MGW and its amazing. I haven't tried out any other shifters like Steeda but I'm sure they're good too. I think MGW is the prolly best all around and all their parts are handcrafted right here in the good ole USA. I had to wait like a month to get mine cause it was around Christmas and they weren't making enough to keep going out but I love mine. I wish I would've got it sooner than I did!
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Wish people could find the search button....I see you'd thread about once a week...always a new one.

I'm with back pressure. MGW is the most expensive because it is the best. The shifts are so short when my car is in reverse someone who didn't know I had a shifter would think it was in second. Never missed a gear, it's just the best.
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I'm happy with my SR shifter from AM
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Wish people could find the search button....I see you'd thread about once a week...always a new one.

I'm with back pressure. MGW is the most expensive because it is the best. The shifts are so short when my car is in reverse someone who didn't know I had a shifter would think it was in second. Never missed a gear, it's just the best.
Couldn't agree more sir!
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MGW hands down, I got one and i can't even imagine going back to stock or having picked any other shifter. It truly is amazing.
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MGW hands down, I got one and i can't even imagine going back to stock or having picked any other shifter. It truly is amazing.
How long did it take to ship to you?
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How long did it take to ship to you?
+5 I wanted to know too I've heard 2-5 weeks ;(
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I received mine in about 1 week. I live in California.
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I received mine in about 1 week. I live in California.
It too about 3 weeks for mine just cause it was Christmas time and they were running out a parts but they had amazing customer service and once they got everything they sent mine out super fast and it was no time until I get mine. By far well worth the wait and extra money than all the other ones. I also got a shifter gasket from CobraBobs and it seems to help with no noise inside the shifter.
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Sounds like mgw is just the best out there and its like 20$ over the others so why not buy it cant wait to get mine thanks guys!
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Stangmods.com has them in stock all the time. It's a second option instead of waiting. LINK:MGW T-5/T-45 Short Shifter with CobraBob Shifter Gaskets
*I am looking for a white w/black racing stripes Cobra snake emblem shifter ball/ Less than $65.00. In case someone has a connection...
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Ive had the MGW for a couple months and like it. But Friday I had a problem, the pivot ball kept coming out of the nylon socket. I cant blame the shifter though, the nylon cup looked pretty worn, so I found a new one on Ebay, hopefully that solves it. My advice is if your car is older get a new pivot cup when you get your shifter. Just so everything is new and tight.
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Ive had the MGW for a couple months and like it. But Friday I had a problem, the pivot ball kept coming out of the nylon socket. I cant blame the shifter though, the nylon cup looked pretty worn, so I found a new one on Ebay, hopefully that solves it. My advice is if your car is older get a new pivot cup when you get your shifter. Just so everything is new and tight.
Its an 04 but has 18,000 miles so hopefully it wont be an issue.
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Its an 04 but has 18,000 miles so hopefully it wont be an issue.
Nice! That how many miles I have on my Bullitt. I had no issues when I installed mine a few thousand miles ago.
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Its an 04 but has 18,000 miles so hopefully it wont be an issue.
Mines a 02 with 70k when I out mine in and mine was a tight little biotch....
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from experience in driving the 94-04 style cars the reach SUCKS so MGW helps solve that vs others on the market. Pro 5.0, Steeda, or MGW pick the on you want all are good, I just like MGW for each and quality (and noise is FAR lower than the others but steeda has more spring in it so it sems)
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So when you guys put yours in, the cup actually snaps onto the pivot ball tightly? Just curious because mine slips in and out like a cheap hooker.....
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So when you guys put yours in, the cup actually snaps onto the pivot ball tightly? Just curious because mine slips in and out like a cheap hooker.....
Mine snapped on nice and tight.
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So when you guys put yours in, the cup actually snaps onto the pivot ball tightly? Just curious because mine slips in and out like a cheap hooker.....
I actually had to use one of those micro screwdrivers to pop my cup off of the original pivot ball because it was so tight. It snapped onto the MGW ball very cleanly and it spins around but will not come off if I pull it.
Sounds like yours has seen better days.
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I actually had to use one of those micro screwdrivers to pop my cup off of the original pivot ball because it was so tight. It snapped onto the MGW ball very cleanly and it spins around but will not come off if I pull it.
Sounds like yours has seen better days.
+1 I had to use a small screwdriver to pop it off as well..went into my new shifter with a bit of effort, it spins a bit as well but won't come off of I tug, imagine I'd need a screwdriver again...I'd say find yourself a new one
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Yep, sounds like mine was toast, I have 88,000 miles. You cant order the OEM cup without getting the whole shifter. I found an aftermarket one on EBAY for 24 bucks. Hopefully Ill be back in business when it gets here.
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Yep, sounds like mine was toast, I have 88,000 miles. You cant order the OEM cup without getting the whole shifter. I found an aftermarket one on EBAY for 24 bucks. Hopefully Ill be back in business when it gets here.
Gross. I hope it works for you, man!
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Both my cars r like cheap hookers too.
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actually, long story short after talking to mgw, i have a T45 with an 11 inch clutch. so I have an MGW shifter for sale for a 3650. jtz in the classifieds.
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I got mine a week from when I ordered it.
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I just pm u about the shifter for sale
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Yeah, it sold pretty fast. I talked to George who is the Vice president for MGW. he gave me a break on a new one for a T45, pretty cool of him.
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Dam somebody's selling a mgw shifter, I thought they were gold lol.
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