[7/30/2003] Reviewed by: Denis -

Applicable to: '90 - '97

Chrome pistol grip shift knob


I really like the feel of this knob. It seem to combne the feel of a round knob with the extra little grip under it's "beak" when you are pulling the shifter back (from 1st to 2nd, 3rd to 4th). I was afraid it would get hot, but it has not been a problem, only warm. Easy to install, looks great and seems to be high quality. I'd give it two thumbs up!

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MGW shift knob

[8/20/2002] Reviewed by: Bob Rodriguez -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Chrome plated, billet aluminium, shift knob with black plastic ring around the middle. Integral trim ring gives finished look. Price $35.00 from: .

Received promptly, securely packaged. Product quality, appearance, and function far exceeded all expectations. Foolproof two minute install with provided hex key to lock down set screw (deters theft).

The stock knob was effective but bland. Plain polished metal or chrome knobs too slipery and get too hot. The plastic band, which looks and feels like the OEM shifter material, eliminates these flaws. IMHO this is the best there is.

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MGW Pistol grip knob, Brake handle, lighter

[5/31/2002] Reviewed by: Ben Paraan -

Applicable to: '99 +

Triple-chrome plated metal pistol-grip M script logo shift knob , brake handle and cigarette lighter w/ "EJECT" logo.

Absolute joy to look at. Showed these to the ladies and they like the setup very much. Installation was very easy for shift knob and cigarette lighter. Brake handle was more involved but still an under 10-minute job. Knob unscrews, lighter was just a matter of unscrewing the old and in w/ the new. Brake handle removal didn't need any tools to break the glue in the bottom part. Remove the little plastic thingy that does not allow the new brake handle to sink in fully.

Knob feels wonderful and so does the brake handle. Can't argue against an eject button.

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MGW shift-knob

[11/6/2001] Reviewed by: Howard Leader -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Ball-type shift knob, flattened at top to accommodate either chrome "M" logo or shift-pattern. Reat of ball is black neoprene-like w/chrome collar @ base.

V.simple install w/3 screws to tighten around gear shift w/supplied key. Very important to me-- this item does not transmit tranny heat. Looks very, very good and has nice feel. Sits a little higher than Sola chrome ball, about same as stock height.

This is a v.good product that is, for me, much better than Sola in terms of finish, look and feel. The tranny heat was really an issue for me, but no longer. I've had this product since mid-August in v.high heat-- no problem, unlike Sola. Also looks good w/MGW chrome brake handle-- much thicker, graet feel and good finish too, as opposed to Sola-- too skinny for me. I also found that my sweaty palms made the Sola ball and brake handle an unpleasant experience. So, if you suffer from sweaty palms (like me), but still crave chrome, this is a great way to go. Also, the ring"theme" is nicely picked up if you've done vent and/or HVAC rings.

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MGW Shift Knob, Brake Handle, and Lighter

[8/9/2001] Reviewed by: Jim Creer -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 +

Satin finished anodized pistol grip shift knob, matching brake handle, and matching "EJECT" lighter.

Hard to believe the $35 price tag each on the knob and handle. Fit and finish is flawless. Installed now for 1,100 miles on Miata and these items are keepers. My shifting preference is to hook index around shift knob and this one works just fine! Canted the notch slightly to right so fingers hit the notch perfectly each time. No problem if shifting from top of knob as fingers just curl over the lip.

My other aftermarket brake handle had a dozen nicks and spots where plating was flaked. Anodizing is a new process that replaces the satin chrome finish on earlier units. MGW unit is beefier at 5 oz vs 3 oz for different unit. Like the thicker feel. The pistol grip knob is 6 oz (1 oz lighter than stock) and sits 3/16" taller when installed. Not concerned with the Georgia sunshine heating it up as previous units were metal and rarely needed more than 1 second touching the knob for any shift. Another new little touch is MGW now includes a nut that fits the shaft so you can clean the threads as desired. Lighter was purchased earlier as novelty item. Now have complete matched set. Paying full list of $90 total for all 3 of the matching pieces seems quite a bargain after paying more than that just for my other shift knob and handle. These 2 pieces did not match perfectly and lacked the quality of the MGW pieces.

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MGW Pistol Grip Polished Chrome Knob and "EJECT" logo cigarette lighter

[5/5/2001] Reviewed by: Stacey Timmerman -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Machined one piece pistol grip shift knob is made of aircraft grade aluminum bar stock and plated in high polished triple chrome or satin finishes. Cigarette lighter is polished chrome with "EJECT" logo.

My initial reaction was to be captivated by the first class shine, workmanship of the knob, and the M logo. As soon as I had it in my hand it was a perfect fit. It is rounded enough to still have a lot of the feel of the black ball MCA shifter knob that I was using. The pistol grip design is very smooth and comfortable when you wrap your lower three fingers below the notch and curl your index finger and thumb around the top - a very good ergonomic fit. It maintains a low profile and allows you to easily push or pull the shifter as you go through the gears. Installation is very easy and the knob is held on by a set screw (allen wrench provided). The "EJECT" cigarette lighter is a great conversation piece - it definitely makes your passenger wonder "What is that for?" and "Does it work?" Great pictures and descriptions of both products can be seen at .

I first heard of MGW Ltd. when the Master's Miata Club visited MGW in December 2000. Several of the club members purchased knobs, handles, and lighter buttons. I was impressed with the quality of the MGW products and drove over in April to get a lighter. I was hooked on the shifter from the first sight and even more so after using it for a few weeks. If you love to shift your Miata, then this knob will send you out to your favorite curvy road. A great addition to the interior.

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MGW Polished Shift Knob, E-Brake, Dipstick, and Cigarette Lighter

[2/20/2001] Reviewed by: Matt Miller -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

MGW Products. Polished shift knob with "M" logo, polished e-brake handle, polished cigarette lighter with "MX-5" logo, and dipstick handle with "M" logo. Purchased as a set. All products machined aluminum. Knob and handle held tight with set screws, thus preventing theft.

What an easy way to dress up an interior! All products fit perfectly- better than stock in the case of the e-brake handle. Installation of the whole set takes under ten minutes. The knob is machined aluminum with a rubber grip around the middle. Having had a Voodoo knob previously, I can say that the MGW product offers a much more finished look. It could easily pass as a Mazda factory product. Plus, with the rubber grip, it's actually possible to grab it in the dead of winter without gloves on. This was not possible with the Voodoo knob. The knob is slightly larger than stock, which I with my big hands prefer. The machined "M" logo on the top is VERY classy, and surrounded by a pattern of diagonal stripes. People who ride in the car now comment positively on the interior, which didn't often happen before. The polish is beautiful, and offsets the otherwise black interior quite nicely.

For the price, these products can't be topped. Heck, I haven't seen anything of higher quality- period- available on the aftermarket. Plus, George at MGW was very easy to work with.

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Miata Shift Knob, MGW Precision Small Parts

[12/22/2000] Reviewed by: Richard Velardo -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

MGW is producing a pair of CNC machined shift knobs for all years of Miatas. One style has the Miata "M" script on it and the other has the 5 speed shift pattern. Both have a neoprene band around it so you are not gripping the naked metal of the shift knob. These are very nicely machined and can be had in either a satin or chrome finish, I chose the satin finish and it is very nice. The knobs screw on and then lock with a set screw (allen wrench provided). They are a couple of ounces lighter and sit a little lower than the stock knob.

Installing this was as easy as it sounds, unscrew the stock knob, screw on the MGW knob and using the supplied allen wrench lock it in place. The set screw is below the threads on the shifter rod so it will not damage the threads and make later removal dificult.

This is a very nice part for the price of $35, it is very high quality and attractive. If you're looking for a shift knob check these out at;

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