OK, at this time it's kind of obvious that everyone in the Mustang world thinks the MGW shifter is the best. It's plastered all over every Mustang forum on the web including this one.
So now, I ask which MGW shifter? And which combo of components?
MGW offers 2 different shifters for our cars, the Standard and the XSpec. I had a local shop that specializes in Mustang mods recommend the XSpec to me. But, the scoop from MGW's Facebook page suggests that the XSpec does give a shorter throw, but it does cause more wear and tear on the transmission.
Now I am not really a racer and I'm trying to just have a nice street car so my purpose for wanting the shifter is just to clean up the existing one (You know, the missed shifts, etc.).
So which one??
Next option is the stick. They have a standard and low profile? Which one and why?
Next option is the knob. There are several options here. Which one and why?
I am new to the forum, but one of the first mods I performed on my 2017 GT with performance package was to get the MGW shifter. Yeah, I agonized over what to replace the stock one with....Steeda, Barton, MGW, etc.. As it turns out, I had business in Augusta, GA and am only about a 3 hour drive away. I spoke to the people there and ordered the X-Spec with the standard handle. To be honest: I COULD NOT BE ANY HAPPIER!!!! The X-Spec is a little shorter throw, but the standard handle means you can have a Starbucks cup in the console cup-holder and still be able to reach the shifter. I made an appointment and George (the owner) installed the shifter on my new Mustang himself. What a heck of a guy! You talk about top-notch....add a notch above that! He couldn't have been any friendlier. It took about an hour, as he has had plenty of experience. His Shelby GT350 was right next to my car...sweeet. I opted for the black ball MGW shift knob, since my car is the Magnetic (metallic grey) color with a black interior. Very understated and I would not change it now 6+ months past install. They can set you up to have the stock type 'lift-up' ring for engaging reverse or have it the way they designed with 'push-down up and left'. You will NEVER hit reverse accidentally with their set-up.
A few points to make, since I would have loved someone to let me know before purchase/install: 1) the default gate is for the 3-4 gears, meaning if you just go forward and backwards with the shifter you always get gear 3 and 4, 2) gears 1-2 require pressure to the left (spring loaded) to hit that gate/those gears, and 3) gears 5-6 need pressure towards the right to engage that gate. It is so damn straightforward that if you miss a gear...you should be ashamed of yourself and I would be inclined not to tell anyone. It would be like walking and tripping over your own feet. The spring pressure for left and right gates gets smoother over time, making it very enjoyable. It is not the sloppy vague feel of the factory shifter. To say I did not care for the sloppy vague factory shifter is just being honest, but once you get the MGW installed....you could NEVER go back! The stiffness of the new MGW shifter is somwhat like a brand new gun...like a bolt action rifle. Certainly it works great when new, but give it some usage and it 'breaks-in'. George told me about this and this is not my first modified car...and I've had my fair share of guns...so I expected it. Within about 4 weeks I loved the way it felt much better (worn in a little) and now after about 7-8 months.....WOW! I hope this reply was some help to anyone out there that reads it. Great shifter! Great company! Great owner! Honest.