View Full Version : Best Shifter for C5

07-07-2009, 12:14 AM
I am finishing up the process of buying and will have a 98 C5 Vette tomorrow. I plan on putting black Z06 Motorport wheels and I'm trying to find the best short throw shifter. What would you guys recomend as the best short throw for the car?


07-07-2009, 03:43 AM
its personal preference. i LOVE my kirban. but a lot of people dont like how notchy and rigid it feels. but thats what i was after.
the c6z is a popular one for the c5, its tighter and more precise, but dosent loose that stockish feel.

again, all on what your after.

07-07-2009, 11:58 AM
I have a B & M short throw for my C5 zo6 and love it, it also has the notchy/rigid feel. :nod:

07-07-2009, 05:27 PM
I gotta go with the C6Z06 shifter. Installs in less than an hour, bolts right in. Most ergonomic knob I've seen/used. Shorter throw, more crisp and precise.

07-07-2009, 05:55 PM
I had this one in my C5Z...I just bought it for my C6Z....

Hands down the best, these guys have the best prices....

07-07-2009, 08:06 PM
I have had the hurst and now the MGW. The MGW is hands dwon the better of the two in my opinion.

What shifter fits you may be different. Your best bet is to try to drive a car that has a certain shifter installed.

You may also find that the same shifter in two different cars shifts better or worse. I have noticed this in a few cars with the same shifter.

07-07-2009, 08:55 PM
Had a c6zo6 shifter when I bought the car. Sold it and installed a Kirban. Hated it. Traded the Kirban for another c6zo6 shifter and that's final.

07-07-2009, 10:44 PM
I really like my C6 ZO6 shifter in my 02 ZO6. Shorter throw and more precise than the C5 shifter. The knob feels better in the hand also. A very good alternative to the notchy feel of the more race oriented shifters. Works great for me and looks nice too.

07-08-2009, 01:19 AM
Another vote for the C6Z06 shifter. I had the stock shifter for 1 season, went with the Hurst the past 2 seasons and now the C6. Hurst is nice if you want a more ratchety feel though and with all the different springs they give you it allows you to adjust the stiffness.

Congrats on the 'vette purchase too. :chug:

07-08-2009, 04:24 AM
Where are you guys getting the C6Z06 shifter?

07-08-2009, 11:39 AM
Where are you guys getting the C6Z06 shifter?

Look in the C5 parts and C6 parts for sale section(s).

They usually cost about $100... not a bad price considering the improvement. :nod:

07-08-2009, 12:10 PM
I mean, the C6Z shifter is VERY nice! I have one... but it will never COMPARE to the feel of an agessive aftermarket shifter like the Hurst!

I bought my Z06 to go fast and the stock shifter is holding me back!!! The C6Z is still to long for my taste....I like the "wrist" shift of the Hurst!!!

07-08-2009, 03:29 PM

Look in the C5 parts and C6 parts for sale section(s).

They usually cost about $100... not a bad price considering the improvement. :nod:
Awesome. Thanks.

07-08-2009, 05:52 PM
^ if your waiting around for one on the for sale forum but cant find one. theres a couple guys selling new OEM parts in the F/S section. Bill Curlee (sp?) is one.

07-08-2009, 06:01 PM
Cool. Thanks. I'm going to pull the console apart to find out which short shifter I have in there now. I don't mind how short the throw is, but it's REALLY stiff.

07-08-2009, 06:40 PM
I love my BPP short throw shifter. You can adjust it to suit your needs. My buddy has one in his vette and loves it also. He says it is a shorter throw than when he had a pro 5.0 and lou's short stick on his WS6. Plus you can change the springs in it with the kit they give you. Can go from like stock to pretty darn stiff with those springs. Best shifter out there bar none!

07-08-2009, 08:37 PM
I have not tried any other brands, but I love the feel of my MGW - seems to be everything its cracked up to be. At first I had a knob that was a little bit tall on it and recently switched to a billiard ball style and it feels awesome. If you feel like spending the money, I say go for the MGW - otherwise I have heard many good things about the C6Z shifter.


07-08-2009, 08:49 PM
MGW is the best shifter available for a C5. I have had a Kirban and c6Z and liked them both. But now am running the MGW and won't change again. I do however use the C6 knob. In the end you should try a few at the next Corvette outing you attend and see what you like best. Good luck.

07-08-2009, 11:22 PM
I just looked at the MGW shifter... That looks like a seriously good quality shifter.

07-09-2009, 12:12 AM
Thanks everyone for the input...I am gonna get the MGW shifter with a biliiard style ball. I ordered chrome ZO6 motorsports today and they should be on by Saturday. I still can't believe I'm 19 years old and just got a C5 vette.

07-09-2009, 12:16 AM
That's pretty awesome, dude. 19 with a C5 is a big thing. Just be careful. There's a big difference between the LS1 and the 5.0 in the Mustang. :)

Get out there and pick up on chicks! :D

07-09-2009, 12:35 PM
Thanks everyone for the input...I am gonna get the MGW shifter with a biliiard style ball. I ordered chrome ZO6 motorsports today and they should be on by Saturday. I still can't believe I'm 19 years old and just got a C5 vette.

I'm 19 as well, and got a steal on my 2001 c5 zo6. 26k miles, procharged, spec stage 3 clutch, RPM stage V tranny with reinforced shift linkage, B&M short throw, Lingenfelter fuel system making over 500rwhp.

The looks that 19 year old's get in NICE ass vettes is amazing. :D

07-09-2009, 07:17 PM
Ah geez. I'm 26 and just now getting my first Vette. You lucky bastards! LOL. When I was 19, I drove around a '79 sh!t brown Pontiac Bonneville. :D

I got looks too... Frowns and disgust!

hifi dream
07-09-2009, 10:36 PM
I'm 36 and just got my first vette - a 99 C5 coupe. I would've loved a Z, but it was still too much for me :(

When I was 19 I was driving around a shit box 4cyl S10 :)

hifi dream
07-09-2009, 10:38 PM
BTW, I hate the long sloppy feel of the stock shifter so I tried the MGW! Really short and laser precise, but was way to stiff for my taste (especially if my wife wants to drive it).

I'm trying to find a C6Z shifter now.

07-10-2009, 12:18 PM
Guess I won't give my age when I got my first Vette :emb:

I have the C6 shifter (not Z06, not sure of difference either) and it is the way the car should have come. Had the Hurst for two weeks, hated it and sold it.

07-12-2009, 04:09 PM
MGW is by far the best shifter, I have the MGW in my '01 Z06 and its awesome, I have felt the C6Z shifter and the MGW is much, much better

07-12-2009, 05:53 PM
Love my Hurst :)

07-12-2009, 06:55 PM
Hope you enjoy the MGW. The difference over stock is awesome (goes for any aftermarket shifter). Seems like more and more young guys are getting C5s with the dropping prices - I am 20 and just bought mine in Feb. I have never looked back :D , especially after modding. Have fun and ignore the reactions of naysayers - I have met many folks who just dont accept that I am 20 and have THAT car :eyes:.


07-12-2009, 08:48 PM
I went from stock to mgw to c6z and the c6z is my favorite!

07-14-2009, 04:00 AM
MGW or bust

07-14-2009, 04:48 AM
Looks like I'm DEFINITELY changing shifters... The one I have now is just WAY too stiff. I let a few of my friends try it out and they're all saying the same. If I were to stick with it for a few weeks, my right arm will get built up like pop-eye's.

I guess I'll pull it out and put in the C6Z shifter.

hifi dream
07-14-2009, 12:26 PM
I just bought a MTI six shooter (new design). I'll post up what I think after it's installed.
Marketed as a shorter more precise throw without the stiffness.

Fingers crossed.........

07-14-2009, 01:00 PM
Sounds pretty sweet. Price?

I look forward to the update.

07-15-2009, 04:52 PM
im 22 and i had a pro 5.0 in my camaro. well i just bought lg short shifter with the tall knob for my 03 z06. great looking pice. should have it in in the next day or so

hifi dream
07-15-2009, 05:03 PM
I called MTI and was able to take advantage of the Spring sale for $174 + shipping.
really nice guys to work with :)

07-16-2009, 09:55 AM
I have a brand new in box/plastic B&M Ripper shifter part number 45057 for C5 Corvettes. $135 shipped and I'll cover paypal too. PM if interested, I can send a pic too. Thanks!

07-20-2009, 07:36 PM
Man i went with a kirban and love it! especially after i machined up a shift stick 1"1/2 shorter with a dog leg in it so its centered over the shifter, now its got the shortest throws ive ever felt in any car ive been around.:D

07-20-2009, 10:57 PM
I've got BPP shifter and love it.. very precise and adjustable.

hifi dream
07-21-2009, 10:27 AM
MTI six shooter has finally been installed! :)

Much shorter and more precise than stock. However, not quite as short as the MGW. For me I much prefer the MTI since it's not nearly as stiff as the MGW. stiffer than stock, but something you could drive everyday without fatigue. The only knock IMO is that is it's a little louder than the MGW. Where the MGW was just about silent the MTI has a little noise coming through. Although not bad at all. The MTI reminds me a lot of an F-body shifter with a Lou's short stick!

For me hands down, MTI all the way. Great product as described at a very good price.