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Barton Hybrid 3 Short Throw Shifter - MT-82 (11-14 GT; 12-13 BOSS 302)

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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 for Highly Precise Shifting
    • Little to No Increase in Noise
    • Reuses Stock Shift Knob
    • Fits 2011-2014 Manual 6-Speed GT and BOSS Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey guys, Stephanie with, here with an overview of the Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter for 2011-2014 GT and Boss Mustangs. In this video, we're going to 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 install for the shifter is going to be a two out of three wrenches in the difficulty meter. The Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter is first off going to be for someone that doesn't want to 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 this shifter goes back to what you like. And secondly, this short throw shifter is going to be the S197 owners that want a serious shifter upgrade and are willing to pay for quality. 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 like it. This is the only shifter that's available right now that does this and gives you different mounting options. I wanna start with the core of this shifter before we get into any of the mounting features of it. The heart of this shifter is very much like the original Barton Short Throw Shifter. It's a lot of the same upgraded components and it's gonna firm up your shifts. Barton has literally upgraded every single component of this shifter for you so it gives a very solid performance. One of the biggest features of this shifter, besides the mounting location options and all of the upgraded components which I'll go over in a second, so there's a 25% reduction in throw. Now, I wouldn't consider the throw of the stock shifter long to begin with. So if you think about it, a 25% reduction's pretty big. Barton chose to use a 25% reduction so that the shifter wouldn't feel too notchy but it'd feel smooth and accurate instead. When you start reducing throw too much, the shifts can get notchy and not everyone likes that. There are a lot of things that make this shifter so great, but one of the most basic is that it is an entire replacement that self-contains 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 bringing components over. Some of the components that you end up bringing over with other short throw shifter options are actually the parts that caused some of the issues that the stock shifter has. Another thing to consider is that this entire shifter is made from CNC billet aluminum and stainless steel. The housing is also weather-tight and pre-sealed for you, so no RTV needed. This is a rock solid shifter, and if we compare it to the factory shifter, you'll 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, the traditional pivot cups and the ball socket design. The factory pivot cups are plastic. They allow for a ton of deflection on the center shock and that means play and wiggle. The center shock now has a pivot block with a meaty pivot cup that's aluminum, not plastic, that's held in place by a pin and O-rings. So no more pivot cups in ball sockets but a much more solid pivot block instead that even has O-rings. This is tight fit that can take up slack but not so tight to cause any binding. The block then goes into the cartridge and into the main housing. But this shifter has a different cartridge design that's unique. Not only is the upper half of the cartridge adjustable so you can set shift stops, you can also take this cartridge apart and almost customize the shifter if you want to. The cartridge does have two sets of very stiff springs in it. You can easily access the springs in the cartridge and remove those if you don't like them since they are very stiff. It's really going to be up to you as a driver to determine what you want here. I just recommend that you at least break in these springs before you decide you don't like them and you wanna remove them. Of course this shifter is made for the MT826B trans so it is going to be reverse lockout compatible. It will retain both a reverse lockout and the backup camera so you won't be losing any of those nice shock features if you wanna upgrade to the shifter. The reverse lockout is identical to the factory reverse lockout, so factory look and feel to it. And another nice thing is that the shifter doesn't require any permanent modifications to be installed. Other than the general overall construction and upgraded components, what really makes the 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 the Hybrid 3 Shifter for three reasons. One, because of the mounting options, two because of the linkage design and three because of the 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 that you can run this on the linkage. You have these two arms here that run up to the shifter area and that's where you're applying all of your force as you're shifting. Then there's a 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 the shift knob. If you really don't want that feeling in your shift knob, you can always mount to the body of the car. 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 component is the three-bushing design. There are three bushings in the linkage rod and this is gonna get rid of the deflection 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. And one more random thing here that I wanted to point out, the shifter comes with this foam insulation here. This isn't packaging. So when you open your shifter up, don't throw it away. You get this to give you some more noise reduction, so just make sure you don't throw it away with the box if it's something that you want. 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. The install here is a fairly easy install, especially if you have a helping hand. I'm gonna call this a two out of three wrenches in the difficulty meter and should take about an hour to complete the install. You need a few tools to get the install completed but nothing crazy, and a lift would be your best bet to get the job done. I'm not going to go into full detail here since the install is a little bit involved, but to get the factory shifter out, you're looking at doing the obvious things. Removing the factory shift knob, removing some center console pieces and getting your boot out from inside the car. Then after that, you're looking at needing to pull the trans mount so you can lower the trans enough to get the clearance to get the stock shifter uninstalled and your new Barton one in. The new shifter is very easy to install and you don't have to transfer over any parts or disassemble the factory shifter. You install the new cartridge separately once your trans is back in place from inside the car and don't forget to set your shift stops. This literally installs like the factory shifter uninstalled and it's so well-made that it went together very nicely. Everything fit well, we didn't need to hammer anything to place, but it's all snug enough to eliminate play. 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 3 Shifter, this shifter is a serious complete shifter upgrade. The entire shifter is made from CNC billet aluminum and stainless steel. It's gonna come with a cartridge that reduces throw 25%. The shifter reuses the stock 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. The shifter has a new innovative linkage and a three-bushing design in the linkage. As always, you can check this thing out more online. 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    Effortless, More Forgiving Shifts. With the Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter, you can enjoy smoother, shorter shifts in your 2011-2014 GT or BOSS Mustang, thanks to the hybrid shifter's ability to deliver a 25% throw reduction. Furthermore, its adjustable side-to-side spring pressure lets you perform flawless 2-3 shifts every time, while its 3-bushing system allows you to experience precision in your shifting like never before.

    Hybrid Functionality. The Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter 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 is deigned to fit all 2011-2014 GT Mustangs and 2012-2013 BOSS 302 Mustangs equipped with the MT-82 manual 6-speed transmission. The shift handle reuses the stock shift knob or an aftermarket knob (not included) 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: Yes
    Year/Model: 2011-2014 GT, BOSS  Material: n/a
    Manufacturer: Barton Industries Shift Knob Included: No
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    will it fit v6


    • This Barton Shifter is not designed to fit the V6 models and will only fit the GT and Boss Models.


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    Can I change the Barton flatstick and use my Roush flatstick in its place?


    What's the difference between the gt mt-82 And the 3.7 mt-82 that makes using this a problem on the v6?


    • The Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter will not fit the MT82 in the V6 due to different shifter mounting positions caused by slight differences in transmission mounting cause by the shorter engine.


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    Will this work with the Blowfish adaptor installed ?


    • The Blowfish Shifter Support Bracket works for most aftermarket shifter applications.

      Rob S

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    will this shifter fit a 2017 GT with a MT82 transmission?


    • Hello! The Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter will not fit a 2017 GT. It will only fit an 11-14 GT


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    Overall Rating 4.8

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    Installation Cost:$100-$250

    • Fit 4.9 4.9
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.5 4.5
    • Throw Reduction 4.4 4.4

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      February 20, 2018

      Barton hybrid 3

      I have bought a lot of different shifts, hands down this is the best shift I bought


      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      February 04, 2018


      The Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter is very well engineered! I was able to install the shifter myself using jack stands and hand tool in about 2.5 hours. I mounted mine to the transmission which causes a little vibration in the handle but its nothing major. If at some point during the install you become overwhelmed or stuck Barton does supply you a link to their YouTube page where you can find an install video. I am extremely happy I did this mod and can't wait to try it out at the drag strip!!


      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      December 15, 2017

      Killer Shiftet

      I love my new Barton shiftet! Can’t wait to drag race in spring! It shifts so smooth and u won’t miss a gear! Well worth the money!


      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 01, 2017

      Barton Shifter

      What a difference from stock. The shifter is precise and smooth. Takes a little getting use to but once you do, it's amazing. Should have done this sooner.


      Year: 2012 Submodel: Boss

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 22, 2017

      Heavy Duty Shifter!

      So I just had my transmission replaced by Ford after the synchros went bad in 4th gear due to high rpm lockouts. I didn't tell them that though. I decided to give the hybrid 3 a try with the new trans to see if better luck would come my way while driving the car like should be (it's a GT track pack for heavens sake). Install took about 4 hours working by myself on jack stands. After testing it out I absolutely love it. I did the trans mount option so shifts are firm and precise. Havent really got a chance to see if it cures the lockout issue but the fact that it gets rid of all the slop of the stock shifter means it was money well spent!


      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 26, 2017


      Day n night difference just feels great!!! Easy to install n adjust


      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 13, 2017

      Great Engineering!!

      Was gonna get a MGW but picked this instead, very modular piece. Shifts are short but not too short. Very crisp and precise.


      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 16, 2017

      BUY ONE!!!

      The best money I've ever spent and was totally worth it! A buddy and I did it our selves in 4 hours was a pretty smooth operation, it was a tight space to work in but we got it done. We watched videos of how to install it to make it a quick swap and WOW such a huge difference it deffinitly put a smile on my face from the stock shifter and missing gears when stepping on it. I transmission mounted mine so there is a bit of vibration but only in the shift knob nothing to be concerned about, I think this beats any other short shifter out there! The quality the look and construction put into this product is awesome I deffinitly would recommend this to anyone!


      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 07, 2017


      So I bought the product thinking it'd help me from skipping second gear but it really didn't change much as a matter of fact it's a bit hard to change gears....shorter yes but not gentle like my original use to feel then again I raced today and beat a 370z easily


      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: 0-$100

      November 22, 2016


      Very smooth and super crisp shift each and every tim


      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

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