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Barton Industries Short Shifter - MT-82 (11-14 GT, V6)

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Features, Video & Details

  • 40% Reduction in Throw
  • Retains Reverse Lock-Out and Back Up Camera
  • Billet Aluminum and Stainless Steel Construction
  • Dual Pivot Trunnion
  • Reuses Stock Shift Knob
  • Fits 2011-2014 Manual V6 and GT

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

Hey everybody, Dave here from, and as you can see I have with me the Barton Industries short throw shifter, designed specifically for the manual 2011 and newer Mustangs. Now, a short throw shifters idea is to shorten the amount of time between shifts, this particular product, as we’re going to find out later when we install it, claims to reduce your shift time by 40% over stock, making it a pretty remarkable product if it holds up. Now, this part goes right in place with no major or permanent modifications to your factory shifter. If you ever wanted to go back to stock you certainly could, but with a unit like this, you’re probably not going to want to. We’re going to install this in our 2011 GT today and take it out for a test drive. First things first then, let’s get a stock run with the stock parts on the car to see what that feels like. That second to third gear is just not crisp, it’s a little tricky really, had to hang onto the clutch a little longer than I would have liked to, and third to fourth just flat out feels far and long, not horrible, but not really a fan. We just got back from our stock run with what we felt like a luxury shift that was already installed from the factory, at this point we’re going to go ahead and remove that, we’re going to take our Barton Industries short throw shifter and get this installed in our 2011 GT. We’ll take it back out, get your honest opinion, once again. So we’re taking our 2011 manual 50 back out now with our Barton Industries short throw shifter installed. Something you’ll notice about this shifter right out of the gate is how much shorter it is from the console, I happen to really like that look and get the sporty look back in the interior. I’m also a big fan of how it feels just ripping through the gears real quick pulling out of the parking lot. Really liking what I feel so far going into third gear, not just from second to third but even down shifting from fourth to third, very crisp and it really helps me know that I’m in the gear. Here we go, look at how quick that was, right into fourth gear, no hesitation, no delay, no question. This is a great product, greatly reduces the throw and the distance, greatly reduces my time between shifts and confidence is always there. Very impressed with removing our stock shifter and installing the Barton Industries short throw shift on our 2011 manual 50. Well the verdict is in after our test drive, and the Barton Industries short throw shifter for the 2011 and newer Mustang manuals, big two thumbs up. Not only utilizing that reverse lockout that I never questioned whether I was in first gear, or reverse, but the amount of reduction between first and second, and the aid from second to third that I received from this shifter, was second to none. We gave it a rave review and we think that for your dollar, a Barton Industries short throw shifter, is a great way to go.

40% Shorter Throw. Using a Dual Pivot Trunnion design the Barton Short Throw Shifter allows for a 40% reduction in throw with only minimal loss of the neutral left to right throw. All while preserving the factory shifter ergonomics for a comfortable ride.

Retains Reverse Lock-out. The Barton Industries Short Throw Shifter was specifically designed to retain the Back Up Camera and the Reverse Lock-out safety feature of the 2011 manual Mustangs to prevent accidentally shifting into reverse.

Superior Construction. Machined from 6061 T6 billet aluminum and 304 stainless steel, for solid construction, this short throw shifter installs easily with NO permanent modifications required to your Mustang.

Application. This Barton Industries shifter is specifically designed for the 2011-2013+ V6 and GT Mustangs equipped with the MT-82 manual 6 speed transmission. The shift handle reuses the stock shift knob or an aftermarket knob with a 12mm x 1.25 thread pattern.

Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Short Shifter
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Short Shifters Specifications
Transmission: MT-82 Adjustable: No
Year/Model: 2011-2014+ V6 & GT Material: Billet Aluminum and
Billet Steel
Manufacturer: Barton Industries Shift Knob Included: No
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Boss 302 - 12, 13
  • V6 - 11, 12, 13, 14
  • GT - 11, 12, 13, 14

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Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Does this shifter feel notchy?


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  • This Shifter may feel slightly notchy. It may not give you a very smooth shift.


Why during the shifter installation is it necessary to remove the rear shifter bracket nuts? It's not a problem to do that but I am curious.


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  • Hi, The reason Barton has you remove the shifter bracket nuts is to make the the install of this Barton Industries Short Shifter - MT-82 much easier if you do not remove the bracket nuts you will have to use a lot more force to get this shifter in.

    Chris J

shifter knob height with the Barton shifter installed is the shift knob the same height as the stock setup or does the Barton setup sit lower in the car.


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  • I installed the same shifter and the height seems to be the same, although I did not measure. You will never again miss 3rd. Enjoy!


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Will this Barton short shifter work with the SR Shifter bracket?


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  • Yes. I just replaced the SR shifter with the Barton shifter and I had installed the SR bracket when I installed the SR shifter. They are actually 2 completely separate items (shifters and brackets) and can be installed separately, as a set, or mix and match.


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will this work with boss 302 shifter knob?


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  • Yes it will I have this set up as well fits great like it is the factory shifter assembly


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Overall Rating 4.8

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Afternoon

Installation Cost:0-$100

  • Fit 4.960526 5.0
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.723684 4.7
  • Throw Reduction 4.894737 4.9

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    December 08, 2013

    Amazing shifts in no time

    I just installed this combined with the 2 post barton bracket and I that I can say is what a difference. The throws are very crisp and short. Only thing is there is a slight noise letting you know that you are in gear but that is the greatest part of this part. You feel like you connect with the car. Installing this was a joke it took me an hour to install this and the bracket. The hardest part was securing the car on the jack and reinstalling the dust boot which is a pain in the a**. If you want your shifter to operate properly you have to make sure to install the inner part of the dust boot around the bottom groove of the short shifter, other wise you will have a hard time putting it in reverse. Also another thing is if you have a 2013 or 2014 the way I do you have to unscrew the the screw on the side and rotate the knob 180 degrees so that the knob will work properly on our reverse lock Overall great item. The car becomes a joy to drive and you and up shifting much quicker then you can imagine.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Plainview, NY, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 13, 2013

    Just about perfect

    Shorter throws, solid shifts, positive 2-3 shift, a much more "manly" shifter than the stock unit. Takes more effort to move around and to go into reverse, but it feels solid and good doing it. Very happy with this purchase.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: GT Stoneham, MA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    March 24, 2012

    Barton Short Throw

    After watching the installation video several times, I decided not to attempt this one myself ( Not very mechanicly inclined) I had a local shop throwin the shifter and bracket I purchased here from AM. They put it in in less than an hour and did a great job! Backing the car out of the shop I noticed reverse was very stiff to get into ( it has loosened up to perfect in 2 days). My first shift from 1-2 put a smile on my face. It only widened as I ran through all the gears. Each shift was clean,crisp and re-enforced with a "click". Rapid accelleration shifts are only more rewarding. This is a must have upgrade from the flimsey stock shifter. I have not missed a shift and you always know what gear you are in!


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Fairfax, VA

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  • 5/5

    February 14, 2011

    Short Shifter

    I recently wrote a review about the shifter and said it was hard to get into reverse. American Muscle contacted me with the reason. This was not the shifter error but Barton's instructions did not say this... The shifter dust boot must be wrapped around the base of the shifter after you install the shifter there is a groove at the bottom for the dust boot to fit into. if done properly the reverse is easier to get into than on our stock shifter and shifts feel much smoother. Thanks American Muscle for your assistance. I have bought products from American Muscle and they have by far amazing customer support. Without me asking they provided help and a solution. Thanks American Muscle

    Ryan Waller

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  • 5/5

    April 15, 2011

    Innovative design executed beautifully!!

    I have owned all the famous shifters: Hurst, Pro 5.0, Steeda, and MGw, and this is the best so far. The unique dual trunnion design allows for a 20% > throw reduction than has been accomplished before; that's 40% total!! Shifts are crisp and positive, and the Narrow Ford gates are much less likely to results in an error in upshifting (hassle) or downshifting (dangerous). Construction details are outstanding, and there are no funky bolts acting as shift stops either. Reverse takes a bit of muscle compared to a Honda, but this IS a muscle car after all, right? Barton does not offer a jam assy for those with the deluxe trim, but I used a Grabber Pony adaptor with no issues. (Barton should correct this oversight). The instructions could be better written, but if you read and think about each step carefully, you will "git it done"! A winner and one you must try before you buy. BTW, Dave is a delight to work with, and Barton's CS is top-notch. I would re-assemble the baseplate using 1/4-20 3/4" socket head bolts as this makes subsequent R&R much easier. One more thing - Barton makes an optional shifter bracket - it is must have in my book, as the S197's chassis flex makes for imprecise results when accelerating hard out of a turn; with the sturdy Barton bracket installed, this is remedied.

    Glenn Strauss (aka RoadRage)

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    May 10, 2011

    Nice addition!!

    Installed in ~ 45 minutes. Leaps and bounds better than the stock shifter. This thing is a work of art. Shifts are very precise. The instructions were spot on and I had no difficulties with the install. I got the eight ball shift handle to match the interior... very nice. Has the shift pattern on top and Barton stamped on each side. I highly recommend and it has made driving much more fun if that is even possible. I do recommend getting the shifter bracket as the stock bracket is junk compared to Barton's. It's extremely well made.


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    January 17, 2011

    Barton Shifter

    never more will I doubt what gear I'm in. Requires more effort to get into reverse which is good for going forward at stoplights. Shifts are much shorter and much more mechanical. More of a heavy duty clicking feeling without effort. so far....I love it.

    Paul Howald

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  • 5/5

    April 15, 2011

    Innovative and highly functional!!

    I have owned Hurst, Steeda, and Pro 5.0, and MGW, and they are all fine units as far as they go. But they are designed along the same lines, and accomplish the same reduction in throw length. The Barton's innovation is the dual trunnion, which doubles the ffective throw reduction. It also is beautifully machined, with no funky shift stops to mess with. I think the optional bearing is a must. The boot is a hassle until you get thje feel for it - I used a dowel with a rounded end to work the boot over the shifter's groove. Barton does not provide a solution for those of us with the deluxe trim, but the jam assy. from a Grabber Pony fits just fine. All told, the effort is worth a small hassle - shifts are positive and reliable, if one remembers to let the centering mechanism set you up for the 3-4 and 4-3 shifts. Reverse takes a bit of - well - muscle to get right, but soon you learn to "hump it" into position, and if that is the only gripe compared to all the pro's, that is OK with me. This IS a muscle car after all, right? A winner overall. GOS. P.S. I suggests installing 1/4-20 3/4"L socket head screws when re-instaloling the base -plate, as this makes for much easier removal/install down the road.

    Glenn (RoadRage)

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    January 09, 2011

    Barton shifter

    This is by far the best upgrade for your 2011 Mustang. I can't believe the difference it has made in the driving experience. Shifts are short and crisp with good feedback. The instructions are easy to follow and it took maybe 30 minutes to install. I love this shifter!


    Year: 2011

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  • 5/5

    April 23, 2011

    Barton Shifteer

    Easy install, but putting the dust boot over the shifter was very difficult. I still think it goes into reverse hard. It usually takes 2 times till it goes in. But you couldn't ask for a better shifter for ripping through the gears. A huge difference in shift reduction. I'm sure I'll work out the reverse problem, and after all you don't race in reverse. *Very satisfied.


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 01, 2013

    Barton Short Throw Shifter

    Installed on a 2011 GT. Removal is straightforward. Installation is a bit more challenging as the rubber insulating boot takes some time and patience to secure properly but is necesary to ensure proper clearance between the shifter mechanism and the boot. Suggest using a 1/4 inch drive socket to remove and reinstall the shifter assembly as the smaller diameter 1/4" drive socket and extension provide necessary clearance for tightening all bolts and particularly when removing and reinstalling the lower right mounting bolt. The shifter action is definitely more deliberate than the stock unit but realize that initially it may also feel a bit stiff or notchy when moving through the different gear positions. This will smooth out quickly after only limited use. The throw is definitely reduced although it is not reduced as much as I envisioned...still a nicely noticeable but not profound difference over stock. There is no appreciable increase in noise vibration or harshness (NVH). I also previously installed the Barton shifter bracket which in my assesment is necessary to realize the full potential of the Barton shifter. I would note that if also installing the shifter bracket it is beneficial to not overtighten the bolts which mount the bracket to the underside of the vehicle as overtigthening runs the risk of accidentally pulling the bolts through but as importantly overcompresses the built in damper pad on the top of the bracket (as outlined in the installation instructions) which will increase nvh and also potentially eliminate the small amount of necessary "play" for smooth and precise shifts. Overall a very nice product and though I thought the stock unit was better than many comments I read, the shorter throw and deliberate engagement of the Barton shifter feels just right!


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Stafford, VA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 23, 2012

    Such an Amazing Product!!

    After reading everyone's reviews on here and other forums I decided to go with this short throw shifter and it was the best decision I could have made. I also installed the new Barton 2 Post Bracket and with those two combined, the shifts are superb in every way. The shifts are instant and the reduction in throw time is substantial. No regrets on either the purchase of the shifter or the newest bracket from Barton. Love it!!


    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    December 17, 2011

    Great shifter

    Good craftsmanship and easy to install. Reverse is a little tight at first, but will settle in with a few days driving. Can really sling it into gears now!


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Atlanta, ga

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 10, 2016

    Oh Yeah!!!

    Miles apart from stock. Had a shop help me with the install of the Barton shifter and two-post bracket. $90 and took about 35 minutes with a lift. Tight short throws with no missing of any gears! Professionally made, worth every penny. A must mod for your MT-82 manual transmission.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 11, 2014

    Good compromise in a shifter upgrade

    I had been putting off installing a short shifter because I generally don't like short shifters. Improving the shift mechanism is good, but they almost always lower the knob height, which is wrong, and the throws are often too short, simply for the sake of being shorter than stock, not because it is actually an improvement. Often different is only different and not better. Ideally, I'd like the knob height retention and the smooth mechanicals of the Barton (and some others), the throw reduction of the Steeda, and the spring-loaded reverse modification of the Hurst. Those don't exist in one shifter of course. I have the Barton shift extender which puts the job height, which is low and awkward from the factory, at a much better height. I installed the Barton shifter and kept the extender. The Barton shifter is a great design and has firm but smooth operation. Being a short shifter, it does take more effort to shift, but the improvement in overall feel over the stock shifter is worth it. The combo of the extender and the shifter is a good one. Not great, but good, and worth the money. I'm quite sensitive to NVH increases, and I was pleasantly surprised that the Barton shifter had zero increase in NVH. As the instructions say, measure your reverse lockout bar height. I have a 2014 GT and had to perform the handle realignment to make the reverse lockout work correctly. If you don't do that, reverse lockout will not work because you could theoretically shift into reverse unintentionally. It took me a little over an hour to do the install, mostly due to struggling with getting the rubber boot reinstalled correctly around the shifter base and tucked into the hole. It's tedious, but you have to do it right, and it can be accomplished eventually with some patience. Without a good seal, you'll get noise and water coming up through the body under the shifter. Any shifter will have this problem and is no fault whatsoever of the Barton product. I have an upgraded shifter bracket as well, but it's never made any difference. I never had problems with the OE bracket and didn't see any improvement with the upgrade. This shifter, however, is a real measurable improvement.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT TX

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  • 1/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 01, 2014

    Snapped in Half !!

    Well initially I loved it! seemed well built, definitely much shorter, crisper and accurate shifts but about a month after install, it literally snapped in half at the base of the stem while I was out of town driving leaving me stranded, with a tow truck bill and repair bill since I wasn't even in my own town to fix it myself. I don't know if this is a one time freak incident? I don't "power shift" or beat on it too hard as I'm already afraid of hurting the infamous MT-82 tranny but as impressed as I initially was, I cant recommend this shifter after what happened.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Abilene, TX, USA

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    • Response from AmericanMuscle

      This is definitely not something we have heard of happening with this shifter. Barton does have a (1) year warranty against defects. I would highly recommend contacting them directly at your earliest convenience to further discuss what happened. I'm very sorry to hear about this. If you need any additional help, please don't hesitate to give us a call - we'd be happy to help.

      Lisa , Customer Care

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 30, 2014

    Definitely Different

    This shifter replaced an SR shifter, so it's not as big a change as going from the factory piece to this. Having done this before the installation was a snap. Takes more time to get the car high enough in the air to undo the bracket than it does to do the install. The genius at Ford who decided that the hole in the tunnel should not match up to where the shifter goes wins the WTF award for this year. Shifts very nicely and crisply. Even compared to the SR, there is a very positive engagement in every gear. Getting into first is a little touchy sometimes. I think that's because there is so little slop in the mechanism that it has to be placed "just so" with no sideways pressure on the lever before it will slide in. Reverse is not a problem at all. Great piece, should have spent the $$ the first time.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Nevada, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 26, 2014

    Great Bang for the Buck

    This is the shifter I should have bought the first time. The shortness of the throw is what you would expect in a high performance shifter. Don't skimp and get the less expensive model. (This is the shi*t you're looking for).


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Middltown Ct.

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    June 06, 2013

    A pain to put in but great result

    Was not an easy process getting my Barton put in. I looked at all the shifters and decided that throw reduction was the most important feature. I'm glad I went with Barton. Had my local shop put this shifter in. That was my first mistake. Should have done it myself . There are enough great videos out there showing you how. My shop took two hours when most places said one hour. First install was terrible. Cost me two hours at $82.00 an hour. Ouch . The shifter was knotchy and would not go into second downshifting. After a two day struggle I called Barton and talked to crackerjack trouble Shooter Dave. My Garage had put in the shifter incorrectly. They did not read or understand the instructions and disregarded the clearly written warnings. I was able to take my console apart easily and make the repair myself . Simply put , there are two Shift housings from Ford. One is from China and One from Canada. The shifter housing that surround the actual shift shaft can be flipped to an A and a B position with the removal of the Allen Key set screw. My shifter had the year ( 2013 ) on the tab that worked correctly facing the drivers side. I had the 2" high reverse lock out gate. In other words, there are two points you can choose one does not work. Once Dave talked me through this problem I flipped the housing 180 degrees and BINGO ! Shifting Nirvana ! The Barton totally rocks and is fast and tight/ Accurate. Sure there is more road noise and the shifter does make audible noise. I don't care and it is worth it 100% to have quality shifts and no misses! Was considering the MGW and did not want to wait the three weeks.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: GT Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 21, 2012

    More impressive than my previous MGW

    This product is absolutely spot on in its description of throw reduction. The shifter makes all the gears seem very close together which made me a little nervous of miss shifting at first but then I realized how "locked in" you feel coming to every gear. The MGW shifter seems to have a heavier spring feel to it, but its really just not needed on Barton. Everyone in the garage was skeptical of the brand name when they watched me pull it out of the box. No one has anything to say now after shifting for themselves and riding with me. I also added the Barton shift bracket to help prevent miss shifting under higher RPMs and it was absolutely complementary to the shifter. Barton all around was A++++. I have been an MGW for life shifter guy until now. I took a risk that has changed my outlook for good :)


    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Columbia, TN

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