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Barton Hybrid 3 Short Throw Shifter w/ Shift Knob - MT-82 (15-18 GT)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Hybrid 3 Short Shifter
    • Unique Cartridge Design - 25% Throw Reduction
    • Retains Reverse Lockout
    • Dual Mounting Options - Body or Trans
    • Adjustable Spring Pressure
    • 3-Bushing System Ensures Highly Accurate Shifting
    • Little to No Increase in Noise
    • Includes Flat Stick and Shift Knob
    • Fits 2015-2018 Manual 6-Speed GT Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey guys, Stephanie with, here with an overview of the Barton Hybrid 3 Flat Stick Shifter for 2015 and up GT Mustangs. In this video we're gonna talk about the design of the shifter, how it can benefit you, and we're going to talk about the install. I'll get into more detail later, but the difficulty of the install depends on your car and your current mods. If you don't really have much done, you're looking at a one outta three wrenches on the difficulty meter.The Barton Hybrid 3 Flat Stick Shifter is first off gonna be for someone looking for a flat stick style shifter. A flat stick is different than your normal, standard shifter. Secondly, this shifter is gonna be for someone that doesn't wanna be tied into one single design. Barton made this shifter to be for everyone, so they came up with a design that has mounting options. How you mount the shifter goes back to what you like. Lastly, this short throw shifter is gonna be for the S550 owners that want a serious shifter upgrade and are willing to pay for quality.I wanna start with the core of the shifter before we get into any of the mounting features of it. The heart of the shifter is very much like the original Barton Short Throw Shifter. It's a lotta the same upgraded components and it's gonna firm up your shifts. Barton's literally upgraded every single component of the shifter for you so it gives a very solid performance. One of the biggest features of the shifter, besides the mounting location options and all of the upgraded components, which I'll go over in a second, is it has a 25% reduction in throw. Now I wouldn't really consider the throw of the stock shifter long to begin with, so if you think about it, a 25% reduction is pretty big. Barton chose to use a 25% reduction so the shifter wouldn't feel too notchy, but feel smooth and accurate instead. When you start reducing throw too much, the shifts can get notchy, and not everyone likes that.There's a lotta things that make this shifter so great, but one of the most basic is that it is an entire replacement that is self-contained shifter components. We're not just looking at an arm with a linkage to shorten the throw. This is a completely revamped unit, so no taking apart the stock shifter, and no bringing components over. Some of the components that you end up bringing over with other short throw shifter options are actually the parts that cause some of the issues that the stock shifter has. Another thing to consider is that this entire shifter is made from C&C billet aluminum and stainless steel. The housing is also weather-tight and pre-sealed for you, so no RTV is needed. This is a rock solid shifter, and if we compare it to the factory shifter, you're going to see differences right away. One of the other reasons why this shifter has such nice, solid shifts is because of the bushings that Barton uses. You have a solid stainless steel front bushing here. The bushing and rear bracket help to control the normal vibrations that go through the shifter, and they stop nearly all of the deflection, while some is absorbed through the bushing in the rear bracket.Really breaking this down some. This shifter eliminates what I consider two major weak points in the factory shifter components, their traditional pivot cup and the ball socket design. The factory pivot cup is plastic. It allows for a ton of the flexion on the center shaft, and that means play and wiggle. The center shaft now has a pivot block with meaty pivot cups that's aluminum, not plastic, that are held in place by a pin and O-ring. So no more pivot cups and ball sockets, but a much more solid pivot block instead that even has O-rings. This is a tight fit to pick up slack, but it's not so tight to cause any binding. The block then goes into the cartridge and then into the main housing. But this shifter has a different cartridge design that's unique. You can take this cartridge apart and almost customize the shifter if you want. The cartridge does have two sets of very stiff springs in it, and you can easily access the springs that are in the cartridge and remove those if you don't like them since they are very stiff springs. But it's really gonna be up to you as a driver to determine what you want. I just recommend that you at least break in the springs before deciding that you don't like them and you wanna remove them.Of course, this shifter is made for the MT-82 6-speed trans, so it is gonna be reverse lockout compatible. It'll retain both the reverse lockout and the backup camera, so you won't be losing any of those nice stock features if you wanna upgrade to the shifter. The reverse lockout is identical to the factory reverse lockout, has a factory look and feel. Another nice thing is that the shifter doesn't require any permanent modifications to be installed, and it comes with a new shift knob for you. Other than the general overall construction and upgraded components, what really makes this shifter different than the others, even the original Barton Short Throw Shifter, is the mounting options and the three bushing system. So it's called a Hybrid 3 Shifter for three reasons, one, because of the mounting options, two, because of the linkage design, and three, because of the three bushing system.If we look at the mounting options, you can mount this shifter directly to the trans or directly to the body of the car. You have an option here depending on what you like better. If you mount to the trans directly, that means you can run the solid linkage. You have these two arms that run up to the shifter area, and that's where you're applying all the force as you're shifting. Then there's the mounting block that bolts directly to the trans which eliminates the tie to the body of the car. This means that the shifter will move with the trans under load, and everything will be directly in line. The only thing I will say here, is that your shifter will be moving, which is good, but you will feel some vibrations from the trans in your shift knob. If you really don't want that feeling in your shift knob, you can always mount to the body of the car instead. If you mount to the body, you'll use a different bracket. In this case, if the body of the car moves separate from the trans, the shifter will stay with the body while the trans moves. The linkage, which is the second part of the Hybrid 3 name, allows the shifter to do this and still maintain accurate shifts. The linkage allows for both vertical and twisting movement. And the last components is the three bushing design. There are three bushings in the linkage rod, and this is to get rid of the flexion in the linkage rod during shifting. Now throughout this entire shifter, there is no metal to metal contact, which is gonna keep things very smooth. So overall, you're looking at a smooth, precise shift no matter how you have this mounted.As far as price, you're looking at spending between $400 and $500 for this shifter. Like I mentioned earlier, this is gonna be for someone that's willing to pay for an excellent, beefed up, accurate shifter, and for someone that knows the value of something like this. You're paying for quality here, in my opinion. Besides all the different component upgrades, you're getting an entirely new unit that's very easy to install, and you're actually able to customize it and set it up how you'd like it. This is the only shifter that's available right now that does this and gives you different mounting options. If you still have stock components on your car, like stock exhaust and drive shaft, you'll most likely be able to get away with an easy install. It'll take about an hour and be a one outta three wrenches in the scale.I'm gonna glaze over the details here since this install is so involved, but to get the factory shifter out, you're looking at doing the obvious things, removing the factory shift knob and getting your boots out from inside the car. Then after that, you've gotta get the car in the air, drop the exhaust from the mid pipe back, mark and remove the drive shaft, drop the cross member, drop the shifter housing, and pull the shifter assembly from the car. The new shifter is very easy to install since it is all one unit and you don't have to transfer over any parts or disassemble the factory shifter. It literally installs like the factory shifter uninstalled, and this is so well-made that it went together very nicely. Everything fit well. We didn't need to hammer anything into place, but it was snug enough to eliminate the play, and we did decide to mount to the trans here, but how you install yours will be up to you.Wrapping things up here with the Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter. This shifter is a serious, complete shifter upgrade. The entire shifter is made from C&C billet aluminum and stainless steel. It's gonna come with a cartridge that reduces throw 25%. This shifter gives you a new shift knob and it also retains the reverse lockout and backup camera. You have two different mounting options, to the body or to the trans, and the shifter has a new innovated linkage and a three bushing design in the linkage. As always, you can check this shifter out more online. And for all things Mustang, keep it right here at

    Precise, Smooth Shifts. The Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter with Flat Stick and Knob implementation is engineered for precise and effortless shifting on your 2015-2018 Ford Mustang GT. It's able to achieve 25% throw reduction while also increasing side-to-side distance between gears, allowing for easier, more forgiving shifts with little or no increase in noise. In addition, its side-to-side spring pressure feature lets you consistently make perfect 2-3 shifts, while its 3-bushing design eliminates most of the slop and deflection for highly accurate shifts.

    Hybrid Functionality. The Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter with Flat Stick and Knob has a unique linkage design that allows you to install it either by using a transmission mount or by attaching it directly to the body. With the trans mount, the shifter is installed as a solid linkage, while mounting directly to the body frees a hinge point that permits the device to act as a pivot, moving where it needs to when you hit a bump on the road.

    Unique Cartridge Design. Barton Industries engineered their short throw shifter with a unique "cartridge" system that allows the user to change the amount of throw reduction by just swapping out the center cartridge. Cartridges are available in 25%, 20% and 15% - sold separately. A 25% throw cartridge is included with this shifter.

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

    Superior Construction. CNC-machined in the USA from 6061 T6 billet aluminum and 303 stainless steel, for rock solid construction, this Barton short throw shifter includes all the hardware required for installation.

    Application. The Barton Hybrid 3 Short Shifter with Flat Stick and Black Knob is designed for the 2015-2018 GT Mustangs equipped with the MT-82 manual 6-speed transmission. Flat stick and black shift knob are included.

    Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

    What's in the Box
    • (1) Short Shifter
    • (1) Flat Stick
    • (1) Black Knob
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Short Shifters Specifications
    Transmission: MT-82 Adjustable: Yes
    Year/Model: 2015-2017 GT Material: Billet
    Manufacturer: Barton Industries Shift Knob Included: Black w/ Flat Stick
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    Will the push down reverse feature move up and down in any gear, like how you can pull up on the reverse collar in any gear on the other stock 2015 GT shifter and Barton shifter?


    • With the Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter the reverse lockout will function the same as the OEM, with the exception of pushing down as opposed to pulling up.

      Rob D

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    Compared to the factory hight. Does this sit the same higher or lower?


    • This shifter will sit slightly lower than the factory shifter height.


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    Will this shifter work with a blowfish racing shifter bracket?


    • Hello! The Blowfish Racing Shifter Bracket is only designed to work with the factory shifter.


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    What is the difference between this shifter and the original Barton hybrid 3


    • This Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter will include the flat stick and knob, whereas the other version comes with a standard handle.


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    What are the pros/cons of transmission mounting vs. body mounting this shifter, aside from the one sentence in the product description? Could someone explain it or point me to a resource? I'm having some trouble finding solid info. Thank you


    • The biggest difference between the two ways this is mounted for the Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter w/ Flat Stick and Knob - MT-82 is that if you mount to the trans you run a solid linkage and the shifter will move with the trans which is good but it can cause some slight vibration in the shifter. If you run the body mount the shifter will stay with the body which will have less to no vibration. Any more specific questions please reach out to our customer service line.


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    What is the thread pattern on this shifter?? gt350 shift knob is 10mm x1.25 and the regular mustangs is 12mm x1.75...


    • This shifter will have the stock thread pattern which will be 12mm x1.25 and will fit any stock size knob.


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    Overall Rating 4.9

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    Installation Cost:$100-$250

    • Fit 4.785714 4.8
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.785714 4.8
    • Throw Reduction 4.642857 4.6

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 17, 2018


      I went with the flat shift model and only videos, I Could find, were on the other model. Installation was pretty straight forward. I only had one set of ramps and a lift would have cut time into half or more. I took probably 4 hrs searching for a. Video or tips on THIS model. I mounted it to the tranny and the feel is incredible. I notice little if any vibration or new noise. The price was steep, but transformed the way the car feels. Good stuff ain’t cheap.


      Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 17, 2018

      Barton Hybrid 3

      Love driving my car more, due to the fact that it’s easier/ direct to shift


      Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 01, 2018

      Great Shifter!!!

      Out performs the stock shifter and eliminates problems with the stock shifter in the 2018. I've been very impressed with the Barton shifter! It's a must have for any Mustang.


      Year: 2018 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 18, 2018

      Great shifter!

      Great shifter. 4 our of 5 on difficulty install in garage with jacks. Cleaned up 2nd - 3rd great. Extremely difficult to mount to trans.


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      March 13, 2018

      Completely satisfied..

      I did a lot of suspension mods to my car including the "Steeda stop the hop kit', and replaced the soft rubber bushings in the rear subframe etc. I had a lot of shifter noise mainly coming from the pull-up collar for the reverse lockout. That's why I went with the flat stick. I did wrap the shifter housing completely with dynamat and then cut out all the mounting holes. It's trans mounted now and not a peep. Shifts are close and solid.


      Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      December 08, 2017

      Great Quality Product

      I started off by researching stock shifter rear mount upgrades, then moved to the Blowfish bracket (which also looks awesome, in that it mounts the stock shifter to transmission, and is easy to install), then moved to short throw upgrades to replace the internal socket that rests in the linkage. At that point I realized I was just looking for shortcuts to replace the whole thing... and bought this. If you don't think you'll be able to install it yourself, don't try. If you do think you can, it is very doable, just takes time, patience, a 10mm swivelling/ratcheting wrench, and 1/4" socket swivel adapters. I removed the exhaust also, and VERY glad I did. Fit and finish is fantastic, and shifts feel AMAZING. It's a little embarrassing to see the OEM shifter in person, side by side with this piece of engineering, as this one is vastly supirior, and Ford should have just built the OEM one better. Since upgrading, I haven't been able to cause a lockout, or missed shift. Short throw feels great and incredibly precise... almost too much for some who aren't used to it. If you're looking for a REAL upgrade to the shifting experience, while eliminating the annoyances of stock - this is a great option!


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      November 23, 2017

      All I can say is you wont regret this purchase

      Missing a gear is a thing in the past with this shifter! Feels better then the OEM shifter, American muscle staff answered all questions I had with this product and they also had the cheapest barton shifter on the internet!


      Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      November 22, 2017

      Old school feel

      The Barton H3 shifter with the flat stick has the feel and look of performance cars of the 60s and 70s. Just what I was after. When the shifter is transmission mounted you can feel the gears thru the flat stick, not a bad thing. The shifts are noticeably shorter and precise. When going from second to third I no longer guide the shifter I just push and it goes in to gear effortlessly. The construction of the unit is first rate and everything needed for instillation is packed in the kit. Did I need this shifter, no. But I am sure glad I bought it. It makes driving my mustang even more enjoyable.


      Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 26, 2017

      wonderful shifter

      top notch smooth I love the feeling use the trans mount get ride of body so much better


      Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 13, 2017


      Great shifter this should be the first mod on your mustang. 4 stars because the difficulty of the install.


      Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 15, 2017

      Quality galore!

      It's a shame none of the parts can be seen once installed however the night and day shift feel makes up for it slightly, install is straightforward and common sense if your general mechanical knowledge, if not you'll be fine seeing a step by step vid on YouTube.


      Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 06, 2017

      Shifter is Night and Day difference

      I decided on the Hybrid 3 Flat shifter as I wanted to get away from the lift reverse lockout. This Shifter brings a big grin to my face everytime I Chirp 3rd gear With Ease! Shifts are rock solid positive and very reassuring shifting into 3rd which was my problem gear. I did have to contact customer support as initially the reverse lockout did not operate. The video online is not for this shifter. The cartridge can be installed 180 out which disables the press down to release the reverse lockout feature. The flat shelf like side goes on the drivers side to engage the shifter when in the neutral gate.


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 16, 2017

      Dad's Stang

      Great shifter. Easy install. Great look and shifts smooth and quick. I mounted it to the transmission for the old style feel.


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 14, 2016


      It feels great to be honest way better then the stock one. You can tell the difference almost automatically


      Year: 2016 Submodel: Ecoboost

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