Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
June 1, 2005

Just when you've been around Mustangs long enough to think everything has been done twice, along comes someone with a fresh idea on how to make a product better. Take shifters for instance. Many years ago, the billet aftermarket shifter was born. The thick aluminum mounting surface and shifter "turret" were strong pieces and everyone bought one. Then, another company took the design and tweaked it, and then another company came out with its own version with subtle differences, and so on. Soon, people were mixing and matching shifter parts to their liking.

MGW has been making high-quality billet appearance items for the Mustang, Lightning, and Ford GT for a while, and it introduced a sweet adjustable shifter handle a few years back. But the shifter handle was just the beginning. Once MGW found the time (the company does a ton of contract CNC machining for the military, it designed and built what seems to be the end-all-be-all of shifters. The company's shifter design is super-quiet with its patented sound dampening system that keeps gear noise out of the cabin while maintaining crisp shifting. Its super-trick, 360-degree adjustable handle means any driver, no matter the height or arm reach, can find a comfortable shifting position. The MGW shifter is available now for T5/T45, T56, and 3650 transmissions with versions for aftermarket Tremecs coming soon. Priced at just $179, it will probably be the last shifter you'll buy.

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