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Post by GT Fox on Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:20 am

Hey guys i picked up an MGW short shifter last night and i just got done installing it.. Here's the problem.. when trying to get the center console back into place the shifter is too tall and hits the piece in front of the shifter under the radio and can't get it to fit even bending the plastic.. any thoughts?
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Re: MGW Problem

Post by TT_05_Stang on Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:56 am

You took the console out to install the shifter?

shouldnt need to. I dont think there is any way of getting the front down over the shifter.

Does the mgw have a detatchable shift arm?

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Re: MGW Problem

Post by 05RedDevil on Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:02 am

Is this for the fox in your avatar or another car?

I know when I bought mine, it had very detailed and pictured photos with the written instructions as well as a DVD with a 10 min video of the install.
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Post by Boss281 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:38 pm

I'm puzzled as well. The MGW for the S197 is adjustable...don't know about the Fox version.

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Re: MGW Problem

Post by TT_05_Stang on Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:40 pm

His is the fox.

Console should not need to be removed.
There is a neoprene skirt that the shifter goes through, that I always removed. Then you can access the t-5 from the top.

4 bolts on the shifter and you should be able to take it out from the top.

If you need a hand I can help, but the console shouldnt need to be removed.

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Re: MGW Problem

Post by GT Fox on Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:24 pm

Yep, i can't figure it out, but you need to take the console out to get the two front bolts... i'm stumped lol
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Re: MGW Problem

Post by GT Fox on Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:40 pm

If you're interested i live on dorsey road which is next to the arundel mills mall.. not sure if you'd be willing to drive that far lol.. but i'd give you like 20 bucks or so for gas if that's cool
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Post by TT_05_Stang on Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:40 pm

I work in DC and dont get home till 8.

Front two bolts on the shifter? For those the sheet metal on the driveshaft tunnel covers them. Even with the console out you will not be able to get to those. Or are you talking about the 4 bolts on the neoprene skirt/cover BELOW the shifter boot?

If you are taklking about the 2 forward bolts on the shifter you can take a pair of visegrips and bend the sheetmetal on the tunnel about 1" back. then you can get a 1/4 drive with a universal on it and loosen and tighten the new bolts. Dont forget to put some loc-tite on or your shifter will rattle loose... Dont ask why I know this...

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Post by TT_05_Stang on Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:41 pm

you can also use a pair of channel locks or an adjustable wrench

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Re: MGW Problem

Post by GT Fox on Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:45 pm

i mean everythings out and the new shifter is in and I've already put rtv on it .. but I'm going to go get some loc-tite today, but I'm going to try to bend the part of the dash over the shifter a couple more times so wish me luck lol
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Re: MGW Problem

Post by TT_05_Stang on Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:20 pm

so you have this shifter right?



and you have it installed with the lever twards the rear of the car?

and you can uninstall the orange piece shown below. The shifter should be sticking up maybe 2" above the tunnel... so it shouldnt interfere with the console...

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Re: MGW Problem

Post by GT Fox on Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:36 pm

That's the shifter, and i have the orange piece off of it and it still dosen't clear the silver piece, even when angled 50+ degrees
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Re: MGW Problem

Post by Big-B on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:34 pm

I had no issue w/ my MGW in my 92. No need for console removal. I trimmed the plastic to be able to get to the 2 forward bolts under the console. Not a good pic, but.....

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Re: MGW Problem

Post by GT Fox on Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:16 am

i finally got it, with alittle bit of persuading of the plastic it finally went over it, VERY happy with it.
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