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Old 10-04-2017, 01:07 PM   #1  
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Thinking about swapping out my MGW for something else and wanted some opinions from those that went from the MGW to what other shifter...

I like the notchiness of the MGW, but its still very stiff after several years of use....maybe I'm getting old, but was thinking of swapping to something with less effort...

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Old 10-04-2017, 02:22 PM   #2  
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I've tried them all, MGW is the best IMO. Do a search on "anti-venom mod". That may be something worth considering for you.
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Old 10-04-2017, 05:06 PM   #3  
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I've tried them all, MGW is the best IMO. Do a search on "anti-venom mod". That may be something worth considering for you.
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Unfortunately, your's is a common problem. Everybody reads that the stock shifter is bad, so they replace it with complete junk. Over and over..........it is SO common on this board.

Remember "Ranger" was arguably, the top drag racer on the forum. His C5 had a stock shifter....................if I remember correctly.
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:23 AM   #5  
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Unfortunately, your's is a common problem. Everybody reads that the stock shifter is bad, so they replace it with complete junk. Over and over..........it is SO common on this board.

Remember "Ranger" was arguably, the top drag racer on the forum. His C5 had a stock shifter....................if I remember correctly.
so mgw is junk and what is right for "ranger" is right for everyone else... try one thin washer on the detent and that will make it feel much better
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Old 10-06-2017, 09:34 AM   #6  
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Unfortunately, your's is a common problem. Everybody reads that the stock shifter is bad, so they replace it with complete junk. Over and over..........it is SO common on this board.

Remember "Ranger" was arguably, the top drag racer on the forum. His C5 had a stock shifter....................if I remember correctly.
many of us would NEVER consider a MGW junk but PURE shifting, but rather the stock shifter is COMPLETE JUNK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-06-2017, 09:58 AM   #7  
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I have not tried the MGW but changed my stock shifter on my Z to a B&M. I enjoy shifting it so much more. It feels precise and compact, not like I am driving an old dump truck!
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:56 AM   #8  
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I have a cheap Ralco short throw shifter from an online auction site on 1 1999 C5 and a MGW on another. Surprisingly I find the Ralco shifter to be smoother and easy to operate. Both cars have 2 washer anti-venom mod which made both shifters more pleasant to use.

The Ralco has a shorter throw, but may not have the longevity of the MGW. If I were doing it again, I would probably just run the Ralco as I can't see many opportunities for failure in either device.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:21 PM   #9  
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Some people mention the C6 Z06 shifter.
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:28 PM   #10  
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Some people like Hinson. I tried a Fidanza at Carlisle and was pretty impressed. I’ve only driven one c5 with a c6Z shifter ad I understand why people like it. I’ve cut the shaft on both of my C5’s, the Z was cut 1 3/4” and the current pewter coupe is 2”. Shift **** now looks like an egg in a basket, but I love the action. I have a single washer in the back but going by Ruffy’s remarks I may try a second.
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Some people mention the C6 Z06 shifter.
I'm very happy with the Z06 shifter.
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Old 10-07-2017, 11:09 PM   #12  
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Thinking about swapping out my MGW for something else and wanted some opinions from those that went from the MGW to what other shifter...

I like the notchiness of the MGW, but its still very stiff after several years of use....maybe I'm getting old, but was thinking of swapping to something with less effort...

Thanks....
How old is the shifter, is it the latest version with the billet lower box?
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Old 10-09-2017, 03:05 PM   #13  
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No- I bought it used from a forum member probably 5-6 yrs ago....
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No- I bought it used from a forum member probably 5-6 yrs ago....
the lower box is EVERYTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I bought a C5 with an MGW shifter installed.

I hated it. It was very stiff. It was even stiff going side to side and frequently I would have trouble getting it all the way over to 1st.

I like the short throws and how precise it felt.

For me the solution was the anti venom mod. I put 1 washer in and it became much more enjoyable to drive. It is still precise and short throws, but the effort is greatly reduced.

Now it is a shifter that I really like.

Good luck with yours.
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I came from a Breathless shifter that came on the car from the previous owner, mostly didn't like how noisy it was since it had a big gap around the shifter letting in lots of road noise. The MGW feels better and is quieter. AFAIK, it's the most pricey shifter you can put on a C5 so there's not really "upgrading" to something else. Most shifters are just the top part without a new lower box. I changed up to the MGW race shift **** and that helped too. Wasn't a fan of the cue ball shifter it had on it.
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What thickness washer do you guys recommend?
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What thickness washer do you guys recommend?
I used one of these !!!!
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same... one felt perfect to me, 2 made it feel sloppy/mushy
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The MGW with the solid shaft did not work for me. Throw was too short, effort too high, and it started to bother my 65yr old wrist as there was NO cushion going into gear. My solution was to modify an OE shaft (made it considerably shorter) and mate it to the MGW box. Throws are s little longer (so what?) .... but effort is lower and there is a slight cushion. I also added one washer to the detent. Also switched to a C4 ****. Perfect setup for me. Love it now!
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