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Old 01-21-2013, 04:23 PM   #36
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Ah. Doesn't sound like a bad idea to get one. I sit kind of close but mostly by choice even though I'm 6'1". I did it once so someone could squeeze in the seat behind me and then just got used to it and find it comfortable minus my knees hitting the keys. Haven't really thought about an airbag breaking my face til now haha.
Just to make your decision easier I knew a girl in high school that lost her eye from sitting to close to an airbag. Popped it right out
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:51 PM   #37
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It's supposed to take more effort to ensure positive gear changes and fewer missed shifts. I love the heavy mechanical feel of the MGW. You actually know your shifting and are 100% confident in what gear your shifting to. Your not hurting the gears, things will loosen up slightly. By far the most quality engineered shifter on the market. You'll fall in love with it or you'll have no problem reselling it. Good luck!
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The MGW is amazing, I love mine, it's how the shifter SHOULD feel. I don't regret spending the time and money on installing it.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:04 AM   #38
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This has been a work in progress for a few months now, and I believe I've finally found the correct combination of things to make my shifting problems a thing of the past.

I had issues changing gears, gears not engaging, and with finding the correct gears. To fully disclose, this is my first 6-speed manual car I've owned, though I've owned manuals for many years & learned to drive on a 4-speed manual Mustang. This MT-82 has been particularly difficult to learn and get good with, partially because I only drive it on nicer days, so I have not had thousands of miles to get used to it.

The changes made have made a tremendous difference in the experience though. I've added or done the following

1. Redline Synthetic fluid change.

2. New Shifter

I removed the stock setup and replaced the shifter, bushings, and all the goodies with an MGW setup. Far and above the best money ever spent here, the engineering and quality are 2nd to none.

3. Changed the clutch pedal height/depth.

I bought a clutch pedal extension. Mustang Pedal Extension link to Bondra Performance Engineering I thought this was ridiculous at first and it damaged my pride a bit thinking that maybe I was too short to drive my own car...and causing a few jabs from friends at my expense.
At 5'10", I found myself sitting way too close to the steering wheel so I could get the clutch all the way in while accelerating, making me uncomfortable, not to mention I was kicking the door panels every time I got out. This simple little thing saves all that, and aligns the pedals as they SHOULD be, giving an offset for the pedals that I think they should have had from the factory.

Now when I drive, no issues, the clutch pedal goes all the way down, and I can smoothly & accurately select the next gear.
How is your shifter holding up since the fluid change?? I've been searching like crazy on what's the best choice on the best fluid choice on these MT82s and I cannot find a clear answer :-/ I'm seeing Redline MTL, RP Synchromax, and Amsoil MTG or MTF Synchromesh.... So many choices but they're all completely different... I'm more inclined to Redline MTL and Amsoil MTF Synchromesh and they're not too thick and can work in the cold
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How is your shifter holding up since the fluid change?? I've been searching like crazy on what's the best choice on the best fluid choice on these MT82s and I cannot find a clear answer :-/ I'm seeing Redline MTL, RP Synchromax, and Amsoil MTG or MTF Synchromesh.... So many choices but they're all completely different... I'm more inclined to Redline MTL and Amsoil MTF Synchromesh and they're not too thick and can work in the cold
I took it out yesterday and drove it for the first time in maybe a month, since the weather has been crap here, and I put maybe 50 miles on it. Shifting was great, even when it was cold, shifting was noticibly better. the 1st to 2nd shift was still a bit stiff, but it did engage fine. Once it was warm, that problem went away and it was fun fun fun all the way. The transmission also whined a lot less than it did before, noticible difference there i'd say, and the Redline MTL meets Ford specs, so i'll stick with it from here on out.

To answer your fluid question, it's getting better the more I drive it, and the warmer the fluid is, and the warmer it gets outside, the better it is.

I scoured the internet and forums about the fluid choice until I chose the Redline MTL fluid. I don't know what kind of crap Ford put into that transmission, but what came out was disgusting and smelled like hydraulic fluid.
Redline MTL fluid is as close as you're going to get to being OEM spec, but is a huge improvement over the OEM fill.
I found another site that referenced lab test sheets, materials, and the actual numbers comparing all of the competitors in an independant study. I don't have the links, and have looked for a half hour...and can't find it. In the end, this was the clear winner over all of the other big names.
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I took it out yesterday and drove it for the first time in maybe a month, since the weather has been crap here, and I put maybe 50 miles on it. Shifting was great, even when it was cold, shifting was noticibly better. the 1st to 2nd shift was still a bit stiff, but it did engage fine. Once it was warm, that problem went away and it was fun fun fun all the way. The transmission also whined a lot less than it did before, noticible difference there i'd say, and the Redline MTL meets Ford specs, so i'll stick with it from here on out.

To answer your fluid question, it's getting better the more I drive it, and the warmer the fluid is, and the warmer it gets outside, the better it is.

I scoured the internet and forums about the fluid choice until I chose the Redline MTL fluid. I don't know what kind of crap Ford put into that transmission, but what came out was disgusting and smelled like hydraulic fluid.
Redline MTL fluid is as close as you're going to get to being OEM spec, but is a huge improvement over the OEM fill.
I found another site that referenced lab test sheets, materials, and the actual numbers comparing all of the competitors in an independant study. I don't have the links, and have looked for a half hour...and can't find it. In the end, this was the clear winner over all of the other big names.
Thanks for the info, it looks like MTL is the winner from everything I read... I was thinking about doing the TSB dual clutch fluid but that would mean I would have to remove my Barton shifter and let Ford touch my car... I don't want them even touching my car... I took it in for the 1st free oil change and they put in 6 qts... Never again... My trans isn't really that bad, but I want my drivetrain to be bulletproof for the Spring, just did the rear lca's and relo bracket last night and in April I'm taking it to the performance shop to upgrade my gears 3.31 to 3.73
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Glad to help and pass on the info. The fluid change literally took me maybe 30 minutes from start to finish. Do get a hand pump though, otherwise you'll wish you did. I don't know how you'd do it otherwise, there's just no clearance. I thought about the TSB as well and having them change the fluid, and I feel the same way. I know it's done right when I do it.

How were the LCA's to install? I've had mine a few weeks now, just haven't done them yet.
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Glad to help and pass on the info. The fluid change literally took me maybe 30 minutes from start to finish. Do get a hand pump though, otherwise you'll wish you did. I don't know how you'd do it otherwise, there's just no clearance. I thought about the TSB as well and having them change the fluid, and I feel the same way. I know it's done right when I do it.

How were the LCA's to install? I've had mine a few weeks now, just haven't done them yet.
Thanks yea I do have the hand pump from Amazon.com I'm assuming the car has to be level in order to get the level right? The lca's are a piece of caKe, but the hard part is the relocation brackets and loosening all the bolts... A lift, high impact tools, and a 2nd pair of hands helps a bunch but I did it with jack stands under the axle...
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Yeah, I had it leveled on 4 jack stands, so it was level enough to do it, but it wasn't a precision operation at all... Just a simple drain and refill.

I'll have to work on tackling that soon, once I get some other projects done on the to-do list. I've got the air tools and impact setup, so it won't take too much to get it done I don't think.
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