View Full Version : shifter for Cobra

06-11-2008, 05:39 PM
Is there any reason to replace the stock shifter with something better? If there is a better one, which one and why?

06-11-2008, 08:20 PM
if your going to use it mostly as a DD then stick with the stocker.if you plan on using it for a good amount of track duty then you my want to upgrade to an MGW,pro 50,or a steeda unit.

RF Cobra
06-11-2008, 08:44 PM
Some people don't like the stock shifter. Two "problems" are some people have a problem with third gear (trick is not to try to make it go into third, just guide it and it will shift fine). Another issue is the notchiness that can be experienced with the stock shifter. If you decide to replace it, MGW is the way to go for short smooth shifts.

On the flip side, one problem experienced with a shorter shifter is shifting faster than you get the clutch pedal down so it can take some adjusting to get used to an even shorter shift without grinding the gears if you like to shift fast.

Overall, it's mostly personal preference.

07-01-2008, 12:49 PM
I hated the stock shifter even for normal driving. I got the MGW now and its short and crisp.

07-01-2008, 09:37 PM
If you decide to replace as I did then the MGW is the only way to go!!!!

07-02-2008, 02:25 AM
I prefer the Tri-Ax over the MGW. The MGW is smoother and less notchy, but I think the Tri-Ax is easier to bang gears with. I'm also not fond of the MGW handle positions, but many like them.

07-02-2008, 06:40 PM
I really like the MGW you cannot go wrong. I had 1 in a 97 cobra and now in the 03 cobra excellant product.

07-20-2008, 12:31 AM
I dont know about you but I have the T-rex problem, have big chest and short arms, and with the stock shifter at my knees it was awkward to shift in the stock form. I bought the B&M shifter and love it. It sits taller then the other shifters but it is short on throw and very solid. I have it on the 26% reduction it goes to 30% but I'm telling you that I can shift just as fast as the other guys and I have havent missed a shift yet and I have been running it for about 3 months.

07-21-2008, 04:09 PM
Stock, Steeda, 5.0 I missed 3rd gear like I was doing it on purpose if I was at WOT.... I now have the MGW and LOVE IT!

07-28-2008, 07:41 AM
I sat in a Cobra with an MGW. What a better feel than the stock shifter which I still have.

Visit the Tremec web site, they recommend to replace the stock shifter for several reasons: bent shift forks as well as damage to syncros.

Daily driver routine: typical shift 1, 2, 4, 6. Forget finding 3rd gear, and fith is even worse. Sometimes I miss the gear I want and wind up downshifting by accident. That is not good when you do that at the track (hit second gear when going for 4th after maxing out 3rd gear, lucky I did not damage anything).

Anything has to be better than the stock shifter. My plans are for the MGW.

07-29-2008, 07:17 AM
All of this talk on the MGW shifter, had to get one so I ordered it yesterday.

07-29-2008, 10:40 AM
you wont be sorry!!!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


08-01-2008, 07:38 AM
Only took two days to get the shifter. Installed in less than an hour the following day. Decided not to use the adjustable stops as they were not necessary with the T56. Wow, big difference. I can reach every gear without having to stretch my arm out. :thumbsup:

I am too familiar with the factory shifter's sloppyness in neutral, it will take a bit of getting used to with the stronger centering springs. So far I enjoyed my first test drive. Down shifting into 2nd gear is a bit different but at least I have a better feel where the gears are. Very nice piece of equipment. :thumbsup:

08-03-2008, 06:26 PM
A few days after install, noticed a bit of gear noise when in 6th gear. Other than that I love the MGW shifter. I can actually use 3rd and 5th with ease. I am 6'1" and had to reach far to get into 3rd gear and 5th was a bit too far unless I leaned forward. Now I can shift without any effort.

08-16-2008, 12:11 PM
Update: Shifter much quieter now after driving for a while. Best thing I ever did to my car. :thumbsup: I do not know how I managed without it.

08-16-2008, 01:07 PM
glad you made the switch!

08-17-2008, 09:11 AM
I will have to see if any improvement can be done to my ET. With the stock shifter my average is 12.8 and best run 12.5. I felt like I was spending too much time fishing for gears. Now that it is broken in a bit and I am more familiar with it, I will have to go to the track and see if any improvement can be made. I will not be disappointed regardless of the outcome.

08-19-2008, 06:35 PM
Is the "notchiness" you're talking about from 1st to 2nd, or from 2nd to 3rd? I'd like to switch shifters in my 99, but it is most notchy from 1st to 2nd.

09-02-2008, 10:26 PM
You may want to visit cobrabob.com for his gasket solution


09-03-2008, 07:20 AM
You may want to visit cobrabob.com for his gasket solution

WGthat gasket is not needed, if you install the MGW exactly to their instructions. Just a waste of money, in my opinion.

09-04-2008, 07:31 AM
I would consider the term crisp rather than notchy. The feel is actually from the feel of the transmission shift control arm. The MGW does not have all of the rubber bushings and dampers that the stock Ford shifter has. All of the rubber dampers gives it a spongy feel which can prevent you from finding the position for each gear. As for the MGW dust boot, I bought it in case I needed it. The stock shifter had an inner boot plus the top boot that closed up the hole in the floor where the transmission pokes through. After removing the the bottom dust boot to reveal the stock shifter assembly, I noticed there would be a gap between the stock dust boot and the top of the shifter so I modified the MGW inner dust boot so it will fit lower and cover the area that the upper dust boot would not. Having both installed did not impair the shifting.

09-06-2008, 02:27 PM
I would have to agree that it feels crisp rather that notchy as well. I have a Pro 5.0 and I love it. There is zero flex with the Pro 5.0 once it is in gear. If I hit a gear hard with the stock shifter it flexs....with the aftermarket shifter the shift is crisp and clean, shorter, and feels extremely solid when the gear is engaged. I put a bead of RTV gasket maker to seel the shifter to the tranny. They make a kind of RTV that sets in minutes (It looks like a can of Easy-Cheese). I just reused the factory upper dust boot on mine. It fit really snug around the new shifter and the only problem I had was sealing the base of the top boot cover that covers the hole in the floorboard... so I used the RTV gasket maker and put a bead all the way around the base before screwing it back in seal the seam to the floorboard. It's quiet, completely seeled, and works like a champ :thumbsup: . I would never go back to the stock shifter, but to each their own.