March 10, 2017
What a Difference!!!
Ok, so let’s set the stage here that will form the basis for my review of this great product: I am a 55 year old Grandpa but when I get behind the wheel of my 13 Mustang GT with Track Pack I morph into “John Force” and although I don’t track race the car, I’ll drag race the heck out of folks at red lights. Occasionally, under heavy load, I’d have a problem shifting from 2d to 3rd if I didn’t delay that shift by an extra second. When you’re trying to beat down a Camaro and that happens, it can be embarrassing. I bought the car with the Premium package, so it came with a really cool looking billet shifter knob, and I’m use to the throws of the stock shifter so I wanted to keep it. I took to You Tube, consulted the AM staff, and decided to get both the Barton Two Post Shifter bracket AND the Whiteline Transmission Mount (I’ll review that under that product page). Both went in well but the retaining clip for the old shifter bracket was a bit of a pain to remove. I ended up prying it up a little with a screw driver and then snipping one side with wire cutters. After that, I took my needle nose plyers and pulled it around the stud and finally removed it that way. The Barton bracket directions say to use Blue Loctite; however, quick consultation with their reps revealed this was no longer necessary due to the bracket being upgraded since the time they printed the instructions. The instructions were pretty straight forward otherwise but can’t stress enough to be careful not to over tighten the bracket to the Mustang studs; the Barton experts advised to tighten the nuts up against the car then ¾ turn more and you’re good. A test drive after installation revealed a slight increase in NVH from the transmission but this is all useful sensory information when driving the car hard; and most importantly - no gear missed, no matter how hard I slammed the stick shift. Thanks to AM, I have nearly all the bolt-on power adders you can buy, along with a Bamma 93 Octane Race Tune installed on my NA Mustang. Camaros beware!!