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Been out and about with the wife and family over the last few days, so have been using her Ford Focus (bit of a squeeze in the Mini).

Back in the MCS today, with the power and handling that I prefer :). But the gear-change... I hadn't realised just how "notchy" it is (even compared with the Focus). Don't think it's just my current mini either - pretty sure it was the same on the R56 (and the test drive cars).

Does the JCW have a slicker gear-change?

Are there any mods available that can improve this?
 

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I did the same recently... Little mini went in for some accident repair work... I got a courtesy car and really noticed the smoothness of the gears - certainly made my little mini feel not by afterwards. I had the mini in to be checked and they said the gear was normal and they tend to be a little notchy
 

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I think it's great! Positive action, a nice snick between gears. My only complaint is that there isn't enough of a detent protecting accidental selection of reverse instead of 1st

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I think I may have scared a few people at traffic lights when I've accidentally popped it in to reverse! Getting used to it now but you're right, it's easily done.
 

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When i first for the F56, I was engaging reverse all the time.... haven't done it for ages #touchwood .... a glance at the dash to check the gear selected is now a habit! But i agree that reverse and first is very close, i think a collar selector or a 'down and across' selection would make things better. I bet there have been a few near misss for some!
 

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It depends of ride mode. In eco and normal, the gas response is slower, so at low speeds changing from 1 to 2 gear is smoother.
I had my adaptions reset from my gearbox by the dealer. That helped a bit


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The combination of a short throw shifter and a Cravenspeed shifter retaining clip took a lot of the free play out of the stock Mini feel, or lack there of.
 

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The combination of a short throw shifter and a Cravenspeed shifter retaining clip took a lot of the free play out of the stock Mini feel, or lack there of.
Yep. Cravenspeed short shifter, retaining clip, and shift knob has mine exactly the way I want it. It takes a conscious effort to select reverse. This combo gives everything a very positive feel, kinda like a big toggle switch.
http://www.cravenspeed.com/adjustable-short-shifter/
http://www.cravenspeed.com/mini-shift-knob/
http://www.cravenspeed.com/mini-shifter-retaining-clip-pro/

 

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The combination of a short throw shifter and a Cravenspeed shifter retaining clip took a lot of the free play out of the stock Mini feel, or lack there of.
My only real complaint so far with my MT JCW is the "feel" of the clutch and shifter. It appears to be getting better as I drive the car more (since I'm still under 600 miles), but the clutch is definitely lighter than my vintage Bimmers & the shifter is "not notchy enough" for me! I like a crisp "feel" and a little effort to get the gear I want (reduces errors), but it needs to be easily selectable (no guessing & efficient...i.e. FAST).

I pefer the stock shifter "look", but maybe some day someone will come up with a shift kit to shorten the "throw" similar to the UUC Shift Kit I have on my 1988 BMW E28 M5. I also believe the "supposedly 0.2 second slower" 0-60 time with the 6MT compared to the 6AUTO JCW is attributed to the time lost when shifting manually. With a solid shifter arrangement that time can be made up! :D

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My only real complaint so far with my MT JCW is the "feel" of the clutch and shifter. It appears to be getting better as I drive the car more (since I'm still under 600 miles), but the clutch is definitely lighter than my vintage Bimmers & the shifter is "not notchy enough" for me! I like a crisp "feel" and a little effort to get the gear I want (reduces errors), but it needs to be easily selectable (no guessing & efficient...i.e. FAST).

I pefer the stock shifter "look", but maybe some day someone will come up with a shift kit to shorten the "throw" similar to the UUC Shift Kit I have on my 1988 BMW E28 M5. I also believe the "supposedly 0.2 second slower" 0-60 time with the 6MT compared to the 6AUTO JCW is attributed to the time lost when shifting manually. With a solid shifter arrangement that time can be made up! :D

John
My shifter is the stock mini with the NM adapter and cravenspeed retaining clip. The sifter is positive with a more define gate. Almost ratchet like.
 
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