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Ford Racing Nation’s Recommended First Modification for any Stick Shift Mustang!

January 18, 2015 by Bridgett Davis


While many often choose exhaust, gears, or even an intake upgrade as their first modification of choice, Ford Racing Nation recommends starting with none of the above when beginning performance enhancements on any stick shift Mustang. Nothing worse than missing a gear on your first pass down the 1320 in your new ride, FRN highly recommends dropping in a new shifter as your first modification to avoid the utter embracement most all of have experienced at one time or another on the hot and sticky.

With the purchase of Ford Racing Nation’s first project ride named Ruby, our goal is to not only provide the everyday Mustang enthusiast with great aftermarket product information but to help educate the novice in performing easy do it yourself mods in the comfort of your own garage.

In this latest FRN instructional video Chad Houghton demonstrates how to install our selected aftermarket shifter of choice, the MGW shifter which is currently available for the SN95 model Mustang (1994-2004). In an easy to do it process, that is estimated to take around sixty minutes with all tools available, Houghton beginning with a product description of all items included in the MGW shifter packaging explains each item included and provides helpful tips and suggestions often overlooked helping you to perform the best install for your needs.

Providing you with further assistance we have included below a list of all tools needed and recommended for this install. Ford Racing Nation helping to educate the everyday Mustang enthusiast we invite you to visit the Ford Racing Nation YouTube channel for all things Ford related from street to track, bringing you the latest in the scene. Look for our follow up video review coming soon on the install of the MGW shifter as we test all three shifter size options in a test and comparison. If you have a topic suggestion you would like to see a video on drop us a comment below for consideration.


Tools needed:

  • Towel (to keep from scratching the console)
  • Rags
  • White marker or Whiteout
  • Razor blade
  • 8mm socket
  • 13mm socket
  • Ratchet with extension
  • Small flat head screwdriver
  • Rubber mallet
  • 19mm wrench
  • 14mm wrench
  • 10mm wrench

Note:  I used a small impact gun because I have one. :)