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Old 04-08-2008, 05:01 PM   #1
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Hey Guys, I installed my MGW short throw shifter yesterday and I love it. It was an easy install, but more importantly it is such more fun to drive. Below are some pics of the install...

Remove t15 storque screw holding on the shifter ball.


Remove and unplug the passanger airbag light in center console


Remove 4 screws and take off console lid



Remove 2 screws towards the front of the console


Unhook the ebrake with 2 tabs from the passanger seat



Unscrew two bolts in side of console located where ebrake boot was


Remove black side piece between console and glove box. Just 2 hooks hold it in place.



Remove the console from the top


Unghook cig lighter + heated seats...




Unhook the hazards from the top behind the heat vents.


Remove Console




Remove blanket over shifter, save it for reinstall.



Remove 4 screws holding rubber boot in place.




Remove 4 bolts holding the shifter in place.
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:02 PM   #2
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My shifter was on pretty good, I may suggest a screw driver to pry it up and off...



Peel off the gasket in grey, use a screw driver or razor plade to get all off.




Apply the supplied appoxy.


Put on the new MGS shifter with provided bolts, washers and locking washers.




Put rubber boot back on after bolts are tight. I cut the inner circle out of mine for an easier fit.



Put bolts back over ruber housing.


Insert top of shifter, and tighten with provided allen wrench.


I put my shifter cap back on and started the car up and tested the gears...


At this point I was done with the short throw shifter install.
Just had to put the console back on...



Obviously reverse through the install steps to reassemble...
Hook back up your hazards, heated seats and cigarette lighter.
Put the ebrake and side piece back in place after console is in.
Screw the console back in place, same for the lid.
Plug back in the traction controle and airbag button/ led's.
Then reinstall the shifter top and screw...


Final step:

Shifter Install Pics

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Old 04-08-2008, 05:04 PM   #3
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:10 PM   #4
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Good pics!
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:29 PM   #5
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Excellent pictures and writeup. As good a how to as I have seen on installing the MGW.
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Very nice! This will come in handy when it is my turn.

Thanks Shane!
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Great writeup and pictures. I just installed the upgraded shaft yesterday after putting it off for two weeks as I found taking the console off and on a royal pain. I never took off the passenger side trim piece like you did before lifting off the console and wished I had seen your pictures first as I think that makes it much easier. The new shaft went in great and shifting seems even easier now if that was even possible. Love the MGW shifter.
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excellent write up
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:35 PM   #9
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Great write up!!! Why didn't you do this a few days earlier before I did mine???
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With such detail even I couldn't screw up.
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With such detail even I couldn't screw up.


Thanks for the great write up and pics Shane.

I just might have to do that mod
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Nice Job. Any rattles from the stock **** or additional interior noise?. If you do notice any additional interior noise, you might want to go back and seal the area between the boot you cut out and the MGW boot with some more of the black silicone. I did this and things got quieter.

Should be noted that this install was on a 2005 model year. The 2008's are different in that there is no passenger side air bag panel in the console. You only need to remove the (2) screws inside the console tray that are under 2 plastic caps that are about the size of a nickel. Then remove the (2) screws in the side trim panel.
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Thanks a bunch... now I know I will install my MGW when I put in my new GM matching color console. Only want to have to take the console off once.
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Nice Job. Any rattles from the stock **** or additional interior noise?. If you do notice any additional interior noise, you might want to go back and seal the area between the boot you cut out and the MGW boot with some more of the black silicone. I did this and things got quieter.

Should be noted that this install was on a 2005 model year. The 2008's are different in that there is no passenger side air bag panel in the console. You only need to remove the (2) screws inside the console tray that are under 2 plastic caps that are about the size of a nickel. Then remove the (2) screws in the side trim panel.
I only took it for a little spin last night, just enough to know I really enjoyed the new shifting arrangement... I did look for an increase in noise from the trans, and I did not hear any. But again, I only went around the block... This week after I get some more miles on it, I will report back. I do have some extra black silicone, I may go back in and reinsilate if needed...

You are correct, it is an 2005. Shane
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Nice write up and pics....dont ya just enjoy the shifts now
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Great job and write up.
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Very nice! This will come in handy when it is my turn.

Thanks Shane!
Thanks Shane.
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Grrr... I hate you... LOL J/K

Wish they had it in stock!
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Another nice MGW install write up. I need to order mine already.
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WOW - great write-up & nice pictures - - thanks!
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