Installing MGW shifter

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    My 2019 R has been sitting with 20 miles on it since I bought it last September because of the stupid NJ winters. I was pumped to take the cover off and rip it around this spring but I just found out that my VIN is one of the ones affected by the OEM shifter recall. I'm contemplating installing the MGW shifter instead of replacing the OEM unit with another OEM.

    I don't trust the dealership to do the MGW shifter install properly so I would like to do it myself. Hell, I don't even trust the dealership with replacing the OEM unit with another OEM.

    After watching the install video from MGW I don't know how I will be able to do the job with my Quick Jacks or even with jack stands seeing that you have to lower the transmission in order to do the install.

    If I use my Quick Jacks, I don't think I will be able to use a transmission jack or even a conventional jack to lower and support the transmission. If I put the car on jack stands I think I will be running into the same issue with lowering and supporting the transmission.

    Has anyone done this install themselves using something other than a commercial lift?

    If so, do you have any pointers?
     
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    Yup, did mine on the floor on jackstands. Piece of cake. Got all four corners up and then just use my small, 1.5 ton floor jack under the tranny. No “transmission” jack or special tools needed. Unless you’re just spoiled from having a lift and don’t mind laying down, up on stands is plenty of room.
     
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    I did this installation on my 2014 car with Jack Stands........lowered the Trans a few inches and got the OEM one out in one piece.......go for it!!:)

    Not exactly Easy Peasy but doable especially with Quick Jacks!!:like:
     
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    Just a heads up, I found a low profile aluminum 1.5 ton jack on clearance at Lowe's last week for $39(regular $105), harbor freight has them for about $70ish. Would work perfect for supporting the trans, and then you can use it later for track day or whatever...handle easily breaks down and it'll sneak right into the trunk.
     
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    Thank you fellers !!!!

    I'm surprised to hear there is enough room under the car with jack stands to be able to use a conventional jack to support the transmission. I'm having trouble visualizing enough space under the car to be able to work the arm on a conventional jack but if you guys did it then it's obviously doable.

    One other question and observation. How far did you have to lower the transmission?

    I'm thinking lowering the tranny too much will cause an issue with the alignment where the tranny mates to the motor.
     
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    you da man Jay !! I'm going to check my local Lowe's this weekend.

    I know you had an MGW on your 350 and loved it. Did you have it installed or did you do it yerself?
     
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    i cheated and used a 4-post lol...and am spoiled to it and it’s sliding tranny jack. it’s been awhile, but i think we just loosened the crossmember a bit and supported it so to not mess up the threads. the hardest part was getting my forearm up top to the 10mm(i think) nut.

    if you’ve watched the videos provided by George, you will be good to go brother!

    i always tell people if you are doing a res delete(you have an R so scratch that) or a driveshaft, now would be the time to do it!
     
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    #10 Tank, Feb 22, 2020
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    Here's a tip sheet on the MGW Install. It’s from @Zombo :like:

    If I recall correctly, it's used in conjunction with the the MGW video.

    Lotsa helpful stuff! DON"T forget to mark the corners of your crossmember BEFORE you unbolt it!

    Good luck!!

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    thank you Tank. I will use those bullet points during the install. I appreciate the info !!!
     
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    Alain,
    If you want to take the drive down to Delaware you can use my shop with 4 post lift to install it. Not sure how far away you are.
     
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    Sox3, you’re a good man sir!!

    many thanks for the offer but I literally live on the border with upstate NY.

    I owe you a beer just for offering your shop my friend. If you ever make it to northern NJ, let me know.
     
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    I kind of thought you were far north. Thank you, If I get up that way we will have a cold one.
     
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