Installing and testing MGW’s new shifter for the Shelby GT350
The anticipation levels have been rather high for some time. After months of design and development, anyone looking for precision and refinement in a shifter can now cross it off the bucket list. You are no longer beholden to the Camaro-inspired factory compromise that sits atop the TR-3160 six-speed manual transmission in every Shelby GT350 Mustang. Thanks to George Ciamillo, the man behind the magic at MGW Shifters, you can now control every ounce of Voodoo performance with a flick of the wrist.
The idea from the beginning was simple—to start over with a clean-sheet design that incorporated George’s single-axis design and completely eliminated the factory pendulum design. The TR-3160 posed some unique challenges beyond what the MT-82 or TR-6060 did in GT, Boss and GT500 models.
For one, the rotation of the actuation rod is in the opposite direction of the MT-82. George and I spoke at length about this as soon as he had a Tremec TR-3160 in his possession. There was no way he was going to give up and just create a redone version of the factory shifter (which is exactly what you’ll see from everyone else down the road—unless they copy this bad boy).
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