(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey guys, Stephanie with americanmuscle.com, 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 americanmuscle.com.
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February 08, 2020
Shifts great but very loud in the car I did mount it to the transmission might try using the other way soonHelpful (0)
January 06, 2020
Good shifter but MGW is easier to install
So off the bat yes the barton is way way better than stock. And you definitely need one when installing a heavier weighted knob so you dont break your shift forks. The barton has a few issues though which makes the install difficult compared to MGWs design. And though functionally it gets the job done good enough it's a needlessly difficult install because of the way its designed. 1. The method for adjusting the reverse lockout is stupid. MGW has a way better system. 2. The bolts that secure the shifter to the mount are recessed socket head screws. Since there's nothing under the shifter because it deletes alot of the stock floor seals when you go to put the bolts in they will drop constantly... 3. It retains the 13mm bolt that connects the shift linkage to the transmission shaft. This pin was next to impossible to line up and took me 4 hrs to get on. Finally I had to remove some of the foam in the linkage to get the bolt to thread. They should replace this with a spacer and a simple Clovis pin, washers and cotter pin... Idiot design by ford that barton retained... 4. Definitely drop the exhaust and driveshaft first... It sucks installing otherwise because Barton made the shifter mount needlessly bulky... Huge waste of material... To install it with the driveshaft on means you'll have to disasemble and reassemble the shifter and install it piece by piece... It sucks so bad... The MGW has NONE of these issues...Helpful (1)
November 18, 2019
Hedy but havenly
This is a solid piece of forged milled work. It took two of us about 2 hours to remove the factory shifter and install this one. Which went in without a lot of effort. Truly a very well thought out piece of metal work. Once in the shifts are heavier but they are shorter and laser like precise. For the cost I found this extraordinarily reasonable. Something which is will become insanely obvious once your remove the old shifter and lay it next to the new one and compare them.Helpful (2)
October 18, 2019
Night and day difference
While the stock shifter is "livable" its definitely the worst shifter I've ever had in a sports car. That's why the Barton was one of the first mods I made to my 16 GT. It completely changed the feel of the car. Shifts went from feeling like moving a spoon in cookie batter to putting a rifle bolt into action.Helpful (6)
October 06, 2019
This is what a shifter should feel like. No more 3rd gear lockout. Smooth shifts, shorter more postive feel. Worth the money if your driving your car hard.Helpful (2)
September 10, 2019
Barton short shifter problems
Bought the Hybrid short shifter for my 2019 Mustang GT. Had it professionally installed along with a Roush Supercharger kit at my local Ford dealer who specializes in performance work. @0 miles in, the shifter begins to rattle and not go into 2nd gear. Bring it back to dealer who fixes the rattle (loose jam nut), and re-adjusts the shifter. 20-30 miles down the road again, and it won't go into 2nd gear. Call Barton, and they said this has been a problem with the cartridge/adjuster, and will send me a new updated one. When I ask about the labor to install the new part, they tell me to do it myself, and that they never said this shifter needed to be installed by a mechanic. I paid $350 for the initial install, which took a pro almost 3 hours to do using a lift and watching Bartons videos to boot !!! Not what I call much of a warranty or good customer service.Helpful (4)
August 20, 2019
much better then the factory trans mounted with only one of the springs installedHelpful (1)
August 20, 2019
Really helps out the MT-82
I recommend this mod to anyone who does not care for the stock feel of the MT-82 shifter. This really helps with the car not wanting to go into certain gears sometimes. The shifts feel much more firm and precise, as well as being much faster.Helpful (2)
August 14, 2019
Shifter feels great, shifts are tighter and more precise.Helpful (1)
July 22, 2019
Amazing product totally worth the cash
Check out my full review and step by step install on youtube. FatGuyBuildsHelpful (1)
What are the differences between body mounted and trans mounted?
Mounting the Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter to the transmission will link the shifter with the transmission more soundly, allowing for more accurate, crisper shifting, however being mounted directly to the transmission, this will transmit more noise and vibration to the shifter handle and cabin. Mounting with the body mounts will not provide as smooth and crisp of shifts as trans mounting, but will not significantly increase vehicle noise and vibrations.
will this product help prevent the shift forks from breaking like I am hearing many are in the 2018 gt mustangs?
This Barton shifter will create less stress on the shift fork which helps prevent it from breaking like the factory shifter is prone to doing.
Will the installation of this shifter void warranty?
While the dealer may notice the Barton Hybrid 3 Short Throw Shifter has been installed, you are protected by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Magnuson - Moss Warranty Act (15 U.S.C. 2302) states that legally, a vehicle manufacturer cannot void the warranty on a vehicle due to an aftermarket part unless they can definitively prove that the aftermarket part caused or contributed to the failure in the vehicle.
Will this shifter have the same threat pattern as the stock shifter? I have various aftermarket shift knobs and would like to know if I would be able to use them on this shifter.
The Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter will retain the OEM shift knob thread size and pitch.
will the BARTON HYBRID 3 SHIFTER work with the blowfish Bracket?
The Barton Hybrid 3 Shifter would not be compatible with the Blowfish Shifter Support Bracket.
The Barton Hybrid 3 Short Throw Shifter can either be installed to the trans mount or to the body mount, but cannot be installed at both locations.
This is a short throw shifter, so it is shorter than the stock shifter by design. You would have to avoid buying a short throw shifter all together if you would like to retain a similar height of stock.
The shift will not require a tune after installation.
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You would want to transfer your boot over to this shifter.
Unfortunately, we have not yet confirmed fitment with the 2019 models at this point in time.
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||2015-2017 GT |
|Manufacturer:||Barton Industries||Shift Knob Included:||No|