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This is a discussion on Shifter within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Have a 1998 Camaro SS LS1 has anyone tried a MGW shifter. I was going to get a Hurst, but ...

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    Have a 1998 Camaro SS LS1 has anyone tried a MGW shifter. I was going to get a Hurst, but my uncle has a stang with a MGW and says its better than PRO 50 or Hurst. Anyone with a LS1 shifter please leave a comment.

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    The Pro 5.0 and the MGW are probably the (2) most popular shifters that people have on these cars. I personally have the Hurst Billet aftermarket shifter and have had no issues with it the last 4 years I've had it installed.

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    I drove a buddy's/member's MGW-equipped Firehawk, and I will say, it is precise. Notchy, but precise. You will have to get used to the shorter gates and shifts.

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    Any ideas about a new boot My clip is broken in the boot and I was thinking momo boot and knob.

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    The MGW should come with a knob...but a Momo boot wouldn't hurt.

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    when i went to the mgw website it says coming soon with no pic. Do you know where to find it.

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    That's odd. In GMHTP, the ads have the knob already on the shifter. I guess the company is designing new knobs.

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    If you want to be creative, get a Hurst ball for the MGW.

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    You can get the MGW with threads to use your OEM knob

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    I hate the original ball, but thanx for all the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002ssslp View Post
    I like the Pro 5.0. Notchy but accurate.
    ^ I agree with this comment about the pro 5.0. I've never missed a shift with this shifter


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    Hurst billet shifter all the way. Ive had mine and driving a f-body with a stock shifter is uncomfortable to me. Side not-try to avoid adding the short stick to any aftermarket shifter. To get in reverse you basically have to hold yourself against the door to have the leverage to get it up and over in gear.

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    The whole shifter argument is long and everyone has their opinion. Everyone has their favorite. My best advice would be to pick one you think you might like and if you end up hating it, sell it and move on to the next one.
    I've never taken my hand at a pro 5.0 or the Hurst billet but have messed with the B&M and wasn't crazy about it and ended up picking up an MGW. You will be better off with anything other than the stock shifter as there are no stops to keep you from overthrowing shifts causing internal damage to the transmission.
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    As far as notchy, that is indicative of the design of the shift rails internal to the T56 itself. Also coupled with the poor hydraulic system on these cars makes shifting at WOT not as smooth as other transmissions in general.
    It's on jackstands.

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    I'm not going to say which one is the best.

    I'll say that any one of the 3 (Pro5.0, MGW, Hurst) are a far cry better then the stock shifter.

    It comes down to what you like vs price.

    If at all possible I'd say if you had ppl in your area that has one of each ask them to try it. See how you like them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    I'm not going to say which one is the best.

    I'll say that any one of the 3 (Pro5.0, MGW, Hurst) are a far cry better then the stock shifter.

    It comes down to what you like vs price.


    If at all possible I'd say if you had ppl in your area that has one of each ask them to try it. See how you like them.
    good advice

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    Here's the install guide, it has both the pro 5.0 and the MGW shown. How to Change/Install a Manual Shifter

    Some quick facts we all agree on;
    1. Stock shifter sucks, change it.
    2. The pro 5.0 is the most popular (its been out the longest).
    3. MGW is the most expensive.
    4. Pro 5.0 has adjustable bump stops, MGW doesn't.
    5. MGW has 2 different thread sizes for the shifter knob and shaft height is adjustable.

    I personally have the m g w. I chose it because I found more people have switched from the pro 5.0 to the m g w and are happier.

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    I also just installed an MGW. I love it. Notchy? Yes! Tite? Yes! Precise? Kinda! Like most ppl say, it's so short and close that it's kinda hard to tell (by looking) what gear you're in. I'm an (ole skool) drag racer, a Muncie 4 speed with a Hurst Comp Plus...this is NOT. If you don't know what those are..I told you I'm old..LOL. The 6 speed with an MGW feels more like a "super" sports car/road racer. Mine came without a knob. I got a white Hurst 6 speed ball on it..I like it, but I might try a pistol grip. About the boot prob, try contacting (blackcar) he once told me he had a stock boot for sale. Maybe he still has it. Good luck and happy shifting...

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