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Old 07-24-2010, 11:15 PM   #1
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MGW vs Hurst

Is there anyone out there in cam5land that has had both a Hurst shifter and a MGW shifter on a 5th Gen. Or maybe you've had the opportunity to drive both of these shifters on 2010 Camaro?

If so, please post your comparisons and impressions of the two units. No flaming please, just your honest, fact based opinion. I only want to hear from you if have tried both. I am interested in your comments on 3 characteristics:
  • Throw (short, long)
  • Engagement (positive, sloppy)
  • Required shifting effort (hard, easy, smooth)

I currently have a Hurst on my car and it will soon be hanging on a nail on the wall of my garage.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:13 AM   #2
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Caverman did a nice write-up comparing stock to Hurst to MGW. This should help alot. I have the MGW and am very happy with it, but I also haven't compared it to anything other than stock. Can't imagine any shifter being better overall than the MGW. Some may have shorter throws but at the expense of increased effort. I'd post the link, but don't know how. Why are you swapping out your Hurst?
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:07 PM   #3
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Caverman did a nice write-up comparing stock to Hurst to MGW. This should help alot. I have the MGW and am very happy with it, but I also haven't compared it to anything other than stock. Can't imagine any shifter being better overall than the MGW. Some may have shorter throws but at the expense of increased effort. I'd post the link, but don't know how. Why are you swapping out your Hurst?
I like the short throw and the positive engagement of the Hurst....no guessing which gear I'm in.

But, I hate the effort it takes to shift into each gear. I have to pull or push too hard to enter each gate.

I suspect MGW may be the answer as Caveman's experience seems to suggest. I'm trying to avoid the "trial and error" method of finding the ideal shifter...don't want to have 3-4 shifters hanging on the garage wall.
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:40 PM   #4
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:02 PM   #5
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Sell me the Hurst?
My Hurst shifter currently has about 900 miles on it and it has the classic white ball. It will be for sale after my MGW is delivered in about a week or so. Are you seriously interested? PM me an offer...otherwise I'll put it on eBay and see what I can get for it.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:09 AM   #6
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I think you'll be real happy with the MGW. Just be patient and give it some time to break-in and the shifts are precise and effortless.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:20 AM   #7
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I think you'll be real happy with the MGW. Just be patient and give it some time to break-in and the shifts are precise and effortless.
When you say "give it time to break in", what will it feel like at first?

Stiff or hard to shift until it breaks in? How many miles for a break in?

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Old 07-26-2010, 10:13 AM   #8
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The centering springs are a little on the stiff side when new. Will be most noticeable let's say when you are in neutral and go to shift to first. You're working against the spring that wants to center the shifter back to the 3rd 4th gear gate. I'd say give it a good month or so, but pretty much depends on how much you shift as opposed to how many miles. Once broken-in the spring tension is perfect. There was a thread several months back where an MGW shifter was installed and and the owner wasn't happy with it. George from MGW explained to them about giving it some time to break-in, which was done, and than the owner loved it.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:18 AM   #9
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Found the thread



http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...&highlight=mgw
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:05 PM   #10
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Thanks...that's exactly what I was looking for.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:28 AM   #12
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Just installed MGW last nite.....While it is stiff ....and will break in .....Its simply incredible.....Well made ....and incredibly positive. There is no guessing the gear and the ability to just shift with your hand and wrist is absolutely perfect.....

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and its not a Hard install........
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:41 AM   #14
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I love my MGW!!
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:36 PM   #15
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MGW

I installed an MGW shifter in my car. I had the rare opportunity to drive both a Hurst and an MGW (and of course the stock shifter). They are both far better than the stock set up. There was, however, no comparison. The MGW feels sure and true ... all shifts are confident. It may have been a bit stiff at first, but I thought it felt great that way. It loosened up in a couple days at most ... or maybe I just got used to it. The stronger centering spring action makes 2nd to 3rd shifts pure and quick. It just clicks into gear. I like pushing a bit to get into 5th and pulling a bit to get into 1st. I also like the way it feels to skip around ... 2nd straight to 4th etc ...

I think it makes a big difference that the MGW is the complete shifter and not just a shaft. It completely replaces the entire stock system and it is quite easy to install. It was extremely easy for me to install because I did it at the same time that I installed my Texas Speed exhaust system, so there were no pipes in the way.

I opted for the retro shaft. It's appearance reminds me of the early 70's Hurst shifters. I also love how the knob (white with black rally stripes) matches my car.

I highly recommend the MGW shifter ...
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