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Old 04-14-2014, 08:17 PM   #1
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It just arrived today so I am excited. I have already installed one (the AM brand on my v6) is there anything different that I may have trouble with or should it basically be there same? I also ordered the comfort style stick instead of racing.. Am I going to regret that?
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You probably won't regret it, I personally think the shifter reach is ridiculous on a SN95 but I fixed my tri-ax with an extension bracket.

MGW is the same install really, just make sure you swap the pivot ball cup from from your stock shifter to the MGW and that black mat that came with your shifter is dynamat that goes over the shifter not packing material lol.
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You probably won't regret it, I personally think the shifter reach is ridiculous on a SN95 but I fixed my tri-ax with an extension bracket.

MGW is the same install really, just make sure you swap the pivot ball cup from from your stock shifter to the MGW and that black mat that came with your shifter is dynamat that goes over the shifter not packing material lol.

Your talking about the black plastic piece on the end of my stock shifter right? I noticed this shifter has a thin sheet of metal with sticky pad around it for you to put down on something. My AM one didn't have that.

Hopefully I am happy with this 200$. I remembered it being a big difference between the stock and AM shifter. I thought it was a bit too notchy though. This should be a lot better considering how much more expensive it was. I'll be having this car for a long while so I wanted to invest in a higher quality piece.
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Installed it last night and took it out for a test drive. It feels ok. Of course much better than the stock, but I don't feel that much of a difference between this one and the AM one which is considerably cheaper. The mgw is very stiff which I imagine will go away like it did with my am. Throws are short... But not that much shorter than the AM one. Seems harder to put it into first now while slowly moving.. Hopefully it will all loosen up after it breaks in.
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There is a break in period. Honestly I think the MGW hype is overblown from people who have never used other shifters. Yes it is quieter but you can achieve the same thing by doing the dynamat thing with any shifter. I've been a Tri-Ax fan for years and have never seen a reason to go away from it. The Tri-Ax basically puts itself into 3rd, shifts are mega short and steeda makes an extension bracket for the 3550/Hurst that you can modify to fit any non-mgw shifter since the holes are 3/8" and most Mustang shifters (not hurst or 3550) use metric.

$1 worth of nylon bushings from home depot drilled out with a 1/4" bit





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Toss a Cobrabob gasket (actual Cobrabob not the fake AM ones) set on there and its pretty much silent itself.
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There is a break in period. Honestly I think the MGW hype is overblown from people who have never used other shifters. Yes it is quieter but you can achieve the same thing by doing the dynamat thing with any shifter. I've been a Tri-Ax fan for years and have never seen a reason to go away from it. The Tri-Ax basically puts itself into 3rd, shifts are mega short and steeda makes an extension bracket for the 3550/Hurst that you can modify to fit any non-mgw shifter since the holes are 3/8" and most Mustang shifters (not hurst or 3550) use metric.

$1 worth of nylon bushings from home depot drilled out with a 1/4" bit





Before:



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3rd gear:



Toss a Cobrabob gasket (actual Cobrabob not the fake AM ones) set on there and its pretty much silent itself.
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There is a break in period. Honestly I think the MGW hype is overblown from people who have never used other shifters. Yes it is quieter but you can achieve the same thing by doing the dynamat thing with any shifter. I've been a Tri-Ax fan for years and have never seen a reason to go away from it. The Tri-Ax basically puts itself into 3rd, shifts are mega short and steeda makes an extension bracket for the 3550/Hurst that you can modify to fit any non-mgw shifter since the holes are 3/8" and most Mustang shifters (not hurst or 3550) use metric.

$1 worth of nylon bushings from home depot drilled out with a 1/4" bit





Before:



After:



3rd gear:



Toss a Cobrabob gasket (actual Cobrabob not the fake AM ones) set on there and its pretty much silent itself.

I think that you are correct, mgw is way too hyped up by people that have never had others. I mean, a shifter 4x the price of the AM one shouldn't compare.. But it's not that much better. Quieter is about it. Definitely not 4x better.
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Honestly, nearly EVERY aftermarket shifter is a billet copy of the stock shifter as far as geometry goes. Much of the short shifter feel can be accomplished simply by putting a shorty handle on the stock shifter but then you still have the slop, no centering mechanism. MGW is quiet and adjustable and its a great product don't get me wrong but I do not feel as confident slamming gears as I do with the Tri-Ax.

With that said, I've never tried the AM shifter but I'm willing to bet the centering mechanism isn't nearly as good as the Tri-Ax just from experience with other shifters including the UPR. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you miss 3rd with a Tri-Ax you either have a worn out centering spring or you're an idiot.

Edit: It really sounds like I'm bashing the MGW... I am not at all its a great shifter and its the quietest OEM like one while shortening up the shifts. The fact that yours is not much shorter than stock is likely the comfort handle too. However I'm just saying that ppl are very quick to jump on the MGW bandwagon when I guarantee that if they tried a Tri-Ax or a Pro 5.0 (with a better handle) they might prefer those.
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