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View Poll Results: Which Shifter to go with
MGW X-Spec 11 64.71%
Barton Hybrid 3 3 17.65%
Steeda Tri Ax (Current Setup) 2 11.76%
Go back to stock 1 5.88%
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Driving over to MGW in a couple of months for mine. They do the install free if you go to them, and I am only about 2 hrs away.
Ray, you're going to love that shifter! George (the owner) installed mine. He's a great guy. I had a good time talking with him. The install was only about 30 minutes!

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Let me know who you get to install it. I'm only about 20 minutes from you and may be interested also.

My friend is a mechanic and has been offering for the longest time now to install mine for free, but that is just too big of a favor to ask someone in my opinion. He is a great mechanic but is getting close to retirement age and having health issues, etc. So I feel kinda bad having him do it.

There are some places though about 30 minutes south of us that I think specialize in Mustang Mods
I'd say that if you have any mechanical aptitude, you can get this done yourself. As I mentioned in the post above me, the owner of MGW did mine in 30 minutes. He has two things going for him though; he's done it a billion times and he has a lift.

The process seemed pretty easy. Take apart the interior parts on the center console, loosen the trans crossmember to drop it a couple of inches, uninstall your old shifter setup, and install the MGW gear.

When I arrived at MGW, he had my shifter laid out on the table and assembled for installation in the car. He even had parts of it covered in Dynomat and had precut pieces of dynomat for the bottom of the trans tunnel (I think this is included with the kit but I'm not 100% sure). He said the 2015 and newer cars have insulation under the trans tunnel but our cars don't.

I HIGHLY suggest one of the weighted shift knobs that's optional with the MGW kit. All together it's a really nice package!!!!



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I'd say that if you have any mechanical aptitude, you can get this done yourself. As I mentioned in the post above me, the owner of MGW did mine in 30 minutes. He has two things going for him though; he's done it a billion times and he has a lift.

The process seemed pretty easy. Take apart the interior parts on the center console, loosen the trans crossmember to drop it a couple of inches, uninstall your old shifter setup, and install the MGW gear.

When I arrived at MGW, he had my shifter laid out on the table and assembled for installation in the car. He even had parts of it covered in Dynomat and had precut pieces of dynomat for the bottom of the trans tunnel (I think this is included with the kit but I'm not 100% sure). He said the 2015 and newer cars have insulation under the trans tunnel but our cars don't.

I HIGHLY suggest one of the weighted shift knobs that's optional with the MGW kit. All together it's a really nice package!!!!
The shifter can reuse the stock knob correct? Unless it is the shortened one. I have a shift knob that is a 1/2 lb. I want to reuse it on the X-Spec I am going to buy.

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The shifter can reuse the stock knob correct? Unless it is the shortened one. I have a shift knob that is a 1/2 lb. I want to reuse it on the X-Spec I am going to buy.
Yep. You should be good to go.

I'm using the customizable Weighted Gripper from MGW. I actually "designed" the laser etching on this one so George sent me one of these gratis. You can order your shift knob from him in different configurations and weights (different color top inserts, laser engravings, and different color stem finishes).



I love the feeling of my Weighted Gripper!!!!

This is the original Weighted Gripper that George installed when he did the installation of the shifter. Again, a great feeling shift knob!



And here are some random pics from when the MGW shifter was installed at MGW...
















And interestingly enough, just in case you didn't know, MGW stands for "Maryland Gun Works" (if I remember correctly). Their main business is firearms parts and tools. And I didn't put that together until the next day when I was at work and I realized we had a couple of their sight pushers in our firearms maintenance room!
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Just put in my order for an MGW X-Spec.

Also looks like some joker voted for me to go back to stock. NEVER!
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Had my MGW X-spec for about a year. Still have a hard time with high rev open throttle shifts, but not nearly as bad. All in all, it's the best shifter I've ever put my hands on.

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Have you taken your shifter out and re applied grease and replaced the plastic ball socket bushing? If not that is why you are having vibration and lockout issues. It does not matter what part you put in. If you do not do some sort of maintance on anything, your shifter is 4 years old and you probably did not replace the plastic ball cup when you put the tri ax in, will fail until you do some maintance to that part or assembly. The cup is 20 bucks and the grease is 10. I personally would try that first.
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I have a hurst shifter and love it, ut I real want to try the Barton Hybrid, I like the idea of it being mounted solidly to the trans and not the chassis.
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Ok, so I installed the MGW yesterday.

Pros: Feels awesome to shift, solid and positive going into all gears. I had the Steeda setup with the Blowfish bracket, this is much better.
No vibration/noise under load.
One thing I like a lot, more force required to get into reverse. There were a few times with the Steeda where I thought I was in first and it was really reverse.
The shifter itself is really nice, it is a shame you don't see any of it once the car is all buttoned up.

Cons: Install without a lift was a PITA. If I had to do it again I would take it to a shop, working on ramps an jack stands doesn't give you much clearance to work with.
Instructions can get confusing around the part where you mount the MGW bridge, plus the instructions are on video only, would be nice to have a print out when actually doing the install.


I'll report back in about 500 miles to let everyone know how it is holding up.
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Ok, so I installed the MGW yesterday.

Pros: Feels awesome to shift, solid and positive going into all gears. I had the Steeda setup with the Blowfish bracket, this is much better.
No vibration/noise under load.
One thing I like a lot, more force required to get into reverse. There were a few times with the Steeda where I thought I was in first and it was really reverse.
The shifter itself is really nice, it is a shame you don't see any of it once the car is all buttoned up.

Cons: Install without a lift was a PITA. If I had to do it again I would take it to a shop, working on ramps an jack stands doesn't give you much clearance to work with.
Instructions can get confusing around the part where you mount the MGW bridge, plus the instructions are on video only, would be nice to have a print out when actually doing the install.


I'll report back in about 500 miles to let everyone know how it is holding up.
Congratulations!!!! Running the MGW stuff is just awesome driving compared to the the stock bits.


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Awesome choice; enjoy those shifts!

The Force truly is with you young Jedi!

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