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The missus got me a Short throw shifter for the FG 6 Speed ute for Xmas which I put in today. Fairly simple and ive taken some pictures for others who may be interested.

The shifter is from Mal Wood Auto and makes a nice difference in shift feel and timing. Its very direct and gives you a lot of confidence even over the standard 6speed, which I thought was great any way.

I drained the oil as well and put in some Penrite SYN ATF. The consensus seems to be between this and TransZ but the shop was out of that.

You will need to pull apart the centre console a little to get started. Open the armrest/storage bin and pull up the plastic centre panel above the cup holders. Theres about 8 clips that hold it on and its easiest to pull up and towards the ICC. Before removing it pull out the electrical plugs for the Aux power supply and also the Aux audio input. Then Disconnect the Gear shifter plastic surround from the underside and slip it off and away.

Last thing to do is remove the two 9mm screws that hold the black inner boot frame to the console. One on the drivers side the other on the passenger side.

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that's all you really need to remove to get the access. Then its out side to get on your back. Or not if you have a hoist.

First up, jacked up the car on the passenger side and stood it on stands before getting under it. Located the Drain plug which is on the drives side at the rear of the box. Even has DRAIN stamped into it.

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The plug requires a 3/8 square drive bit or if you can find one, a 3/8 ratchet. I used a ratched with a short extension.

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The oil comes out fairly quick so be ready to catch it. Leave it to drain for a fair while then put the plug back in.

Next with a 13mm spanner you need to locate the inner boot frame retaining nuts. There are 4 of them and not visible until your right under the car. They are up and to the rear of the cross member and drive shaft. Picture is with them removed.

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The rear two are easy to get off but the front two are a little harder as the access is restricted. Once done its back into the car.

Keep the 13mm spanner as you will need it now to unbolt the upper section of the shifter and its surround and then remove the boot frame completely, frame and rubber boot.

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Now you will need to remove the actual shift itself. 13mm again, I used a socket with extension bar to loosen the bolts and then the screwdriver attacment to undo them. Theres no room really to manoeuvre the ratchet. Be super careful with the front passenger side bolt as the cars bodywork over hangs it (the picture doesnt show it) and you will need the socket on an angle. That is, unless you have fancy sockets and ratchets with swivel joints.

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Clean up and mess on the face of the box and I got a plastic syringe and got rid of the last of the oil that had not drained.

With a funnel I dumped in the new oil straight into the shifter mounting. 4lts as suggested elsewhere, and can confirm noise is defiantly down. Near as dammit 4lts came out when I drained it also.

I used a little loctite gasket maker on the shifter mounting face and put in the new shifter and began the whole process in reverse. Then took if for a spin and had a beer. Thanks also to Phantmxr6 for his answers.

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See. Told you it was easy. :spoton:

Bet it feels all nice and tight now. :shocked:

Mods might make this one a sticky?

Edited by PHANTMXR6

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Nice clean and easy install instructions mate :shocked:

I'd recommend anyone with a T56 or TR6060 (or even a T5) to get a short shifter kit from Mal wood, very nice unit and improves the driving experience!

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Well done and what a great advert for our shifters, the FG shifter has now run out and I am in the process of building more so if anyone wants one just email me and I will put you on the list.

Mal Wood

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just bought one of these off Mal and hope to do it on the weekend, just want to know the oil doesnt have to be drained to change the shifter does it???

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Im keen top know too, does the oil have to be drained or just a recommendation?

Any pics of the completed project mate, just so I can see the height of it installed

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The height after install. It doesn't seem to be much shorter than standard but there is a definate improvement in gear changes and shift feel.

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Im keen top know too, does the oil have to be drained or just a recommendation?

Any pics of the completed project mate, just so I can see the height of it installed

No, but just make sure that you stop any debris falling in.

Cheers

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Short throw does not mean shorter in height, Mal Wood shifters are manufactured with a different pivot point, which increases the throw but still retains a reasonable length so as not to creat a hard gear stick to use, even though the spring rate has also been optimised, many believe you just cut the gear stick doen to make a short throw shifter

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Hi all,

First post. Just got my Mal Wood short shifter installed in my FG II at Brad Garlick Ford Sydney. Done in an hour and they love it too. Love driving thsi vehicle.

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Is that green thing the standard shift stick.

I like the strong spring and the short of the my malwood in my typhoon. Also removing the rubber bush really firms up the feel.

What I dont understand is why people fit a very short stick which reduces the leverage to smash those shifts. Plus its closer to the steering wheel.

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Malwood plus hurst.

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Have had the Mal Wood unit in my car (FG MkII) for a week now.

Much nicer shift action, tight and precise unlike the sloppy stock shifter.

XJR, are dealers fitting this now?

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sixman,

there are a few Ford workshops in Sydney who will do the job but most wont. Some of the guys at Brad Garlick Ford are a bit nuts like us so they did the job for experience and now would be happy to do it for anyone.

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Aaronm, that green bit is the stock shifter. In fact everything you see in that picture is how the shifter is sold. you can just buy the leather boot, or the knob, you have to buy the whole lot at $500. I fought Ford for a while to have it replaced as the leather wrap came loose and span around the knob. I was out of warranty by a few months, but still just sh*t quality and they want $500.

The green bolts face the ICC and bolts up to the short throw.

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B series bolts face east/west not north south like the fg's. Some mod work would be required to fit a hurst shifter to an fg as the shifter would be 90 degs out if you where to just bolt it up.

Naked hurst shifter:

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Arronm,

is that a bolt-on to the FG Mal Wood shifter?

No its a BA BF.

It looks like the FG bolts 90 degrees to the shift direction, so a hurst wont fit unless you put a swist in it.

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Installed a Aeroflow short shifter in my FG MKII and absolutely love it, gear shifts are nice and tight close together. I did the same as Rancidpunx and changed the oil while I had the car jacked up and the old shifter off the box, I used Castrol Dex III as recommended in the owners manual and also had a use only Dex III sticker on the gear box.

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