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I have seen various threads singing the praises of aftermarket shifters but also mentioning things like noise and vibration. I haven't had any trouble with my factory shifter (or trans) but I have noticed that it can be sloppy at times and even prone to selecting the wrong gear when shifting quickly on occasion. The car is a daily driver and although I sometimes get on it when entering the highway, it will never be used for any kind of competition.

I don't really care about a shorter throw although a little shorter wouldn't be bad. I'm looking for more precise action without a noticeable increase in noise or vibration. In fact, I'd rather stay with stock if NVH is an issue with an aftermarket shifter.

So, what are your opinions? Barton? MGW? Steeda? Other?


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MGW. Best mod I've done to date. You won't understand until you see it. It's the real deal.


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I wasn't sure I wanted to go full whack with a short shifter ($ and the fact that the shifts are already pretty short), but I had some of the same issues as the OP. So I installed the Steeda shifter bracket with the harder of the two supplied bushings. The shifts are smoother, more positive, and more accurate, although care still does need to be taken. (I think I will install the Whiteline transmission mount bushing to take out that last bit of movement in the driveline). NVH has noticeably increased. Some of the new sounds are good...like the slight gear whine upon acceleration...but driveline clunks and clanks are increased and even the exhaust (I am running GT500 AB's) is more intense. I'm OK with all of this as I feel I have added back some of the mechanical soul that is engineered out of modern cars. There is also a softer bushing (that is still way harder than the OEM marshmallow) that apparently gives virtually the same improvements in shifting without any increased NVH. Overall, I feel that the bracket is a good first step for those who want to improve the shifting experience without making the much larger investment that is the short shifter itself. On the other hand, the fact that I am clicking on short shift threads means that I still feel there is room for improvement.

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MGW! It would be exactly what you're looking for.
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Although I never had any problem with the stock shifter, I went ahead and installed a Hurst about two years ago. It is more precise than the OE unit, but didn't 'set the world on fire'.
If I hadn't gotten a nice discount on the shifter, I probably would still be satisfied with the stocker.
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If you do go with the MGW, I will guarantee you won't miss third again!!

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I didn't change my shifter, but I did replace the shifter bushing with a Steeda one. I just couldn't stand how ****** the stock shift bushing is. I felt somewhat offended to have that part on my car.

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I guess im one of the odd men out because I actually like the factory shifter, and have never missed a gear or had problems with it. Ive raced fox body and SN95 Mustangs for years and always thrown a short throw in them, but this stock shifter seems far superior then any of the other stock shifters Ive ever had. Now I did buy my car used, and havent pulled the cover. I might just have a aftermarket shifter under there. It wouldnt surprise me with the way people talk about the stocker. Maybe I will do it this weekend just to take a peek.

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I daily drive an MGW car.

Get one.

Install the heatshield, extra sound insulation, and dynamat (all included in the price) exactly where their 45 minute long installation video tells you to, and it will be every bit as quiet and smooth as the factory one. There's a tactile "clunk" felt in the shifter when it drops into gear solidly, like slapping the bolt closed on a hunting rifle. But unless the car is off, you'll never hear that. You'll feel the shifter saying that yes, the car is 100% certainly locked into this gear, on each and every shift, instead.

Put differently, it has a world class gearshift now. Like an M-series BMW or a Miata, it just works. You stop thinking about getting the shifts "just right" and just flick the lever straight forward to slip into third, for example.

I bought the most expensive shifter (MGW) and most expensive axleback, and I'm thrilled with both choices!

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I daily drive an MGW car.

Get one.

Install the heatshield, extra sound insulation, and dynamat (all included in the price) exactly where their 45 minute long installation video tells you to, and it will be every bit as quiet and smooth as the factory one. There's a tactile "clunk" felt in the shifter when it drops into gear solidly, like slapping the bolt closed on a hunting rifle. But unless the car is off, you'll never hear that. You'll feel the shifter saying that yes, the car is 100% certainly locked into this gear, on each and every shift, instead.

Put differently, it has a world class gearshift now. Like an M-series BMW or a Miata, it just works. You stop thinking about getting the shifts "just right" and just flick the lever straight forward to slip into third, for example.

I bought the most expensive shifter (MGW) and most expensive axleback, and I'm thrilled with both choices!
Here you go man! I was lucky enough to be living in Augusta, GA at the time so I dropped by their warehouse and had them install everything personally (the guy in the video). Absolutely love the new shifter! It was funny because it litteraly just a warehouse (with an awesome BOSS 302r in the back). He was kind enough to give me a tour of their manufacturing plant while the parts were installed. Great guys and service and product.
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I guess im one of the odd men out because I actually like the factory shifter, and have never missed a gear or had problems with it.
Same experience here. However, I disconnected skip shift and did replace the factory shifter bushing with the Energy Suspension one. Easy $18 upgrade and a noticeable improvement with these simple mods.
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One more vote for MGW.


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I went barton. Shorter throw than MGW and easier install. Plus cheaper and I don't have to wait for it to be made to order. It performs great. Yes there is noise but it's minimal. I made a long review about it somewhere on this site. Might be worth searching for.

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