(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Hey everybody, Dave here from AmericanMuscle.com, 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.
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Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details
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(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||2011-2014+ V6 & GT||Material:|| Billet Aluminum and |
|Manufacturer:||Barton Industries||Shift Knob Included:||No|
May 18, 2020
After one month and two reports that assured me that they were working on it nothing has happened. Will consider myself lucky to get it at all.Helpful (0)
July 31, 2019
Completely Changed how this Car Drives
I bought a jack and jack-stands and installed it myself, while it was not the easiest thing in the world, with a little patience it was manageable. It changes how this car drives entirely. Just a note it is a little harder to get into reverse but the throw is so much better, I actually feel like I am accomplishing something with every shift.Helpful (3)
July 08, 2019
No more rattle... Great feel.
I had previously installed a competitors "Race" shifter that bolted directly to the transmission. The feel was good, but the problem is that all of the noise and vibration from the gearbox transfers directly to the lever with that design. For a competition car it would be okay but not for a street car. I could not get rid of a buzz in the shifter that was obvious every time we drove the car. I decided to go with the Barton. I installed this along with the gasket and their mount. The noise is absolutely gone. The feel and precision of this one is just as good as the "Race" version I had before. I wish I had installed the Barton to begin with... Highly recommended!Helpful (3)
April 29, 2019
This is a must buy... the shifter really fixes the long throws and makes shifting crisp and easy must!!!!Helpful (3)
February 06, 2019
Money well spent....
Shifting is unbelievably more fun. It is sharp and positive. As it should have been from Ford. 1 to 2, and 2 to 3 shifts aren't done with a grimace and a prayer. Now they are done with a grin. I heard the stock Ford bracket was cheap, but I was amazed that from the factory there were tie wraps holding the rubber grommet in place. What an embarrassment. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.Helpful (5)
December 25, 2018
A real man's shifter
If you think you here more noise from it, then your mut is to quiet. If you think you feel more vibration, then your suspension is to soft. I think the shifter is the the best. In just under an hour you can have the shortest throw offered for the pony. Which is the goal. "Faster shifts". No complaints. Picked it over the hybrid 3 and the mgw. I'm happy 12-25-18Helpful (6)
October 25, 2018
Much better than the stock shifter. Worth the upgrade for me.Helpful (6)
August 24, 2018
Best shifter I have had. Stock shifter is soft and sloppy, no definite feel for the gears. Originally I would miss 3rd and hit 5th all the time and never liked the feel of the stock shifts. This unit is crisp and solid! You not only get the shorter throw on the shifter, but the 2-3 shift is effortless and every shift has a solid click. Absolutely love this product.Helpful (6)
August 23, 2018
You can definitely tell the difference! Reverse is tough to get in and out of, but I'm hoping that will break in over time.Helpful (6)
June 12, 2018
Looks like the shifter on the space shuttle.
Beats my stock shifter 1000 , when driving it would constantly up and downshift into the wrong gears , the Barton was a bit notchy at first , but after driving it (occassionally, its not my daily driver) it seems to be breaking in and working smoother, I've had it at the drag strip once already and the short throw and crisp shifts helped me get 4 wins out of six runs at Kingdon.Helpful (7)
What's the purpose and benefit of the bracket?
The Barton bracket by it self on the 2011 mustang gt is a whole lot accurate and less spongey feeling. It gives the shifting a machanical feel. The stock shifting bracket rubber is held in place by 2 zip ties. The Barton bracket is a nice way to improve shifting whithout getting the shifter also. Although the shifter does bring 1st 2nd and 3rd gear close together alowing quicker shifts. Not to mention the spring for reverse is a bit stronger then the stock.
Is this even needed in Boss 302? I have the 2012 Boss 302. Everything I have read says it is the best shifting Mustang out there. Would this benefit my Boss any?
This product would indeed benefit your boss 302. The 11+ V6, GT and Boss all share the same mt82 transmission and there is room for improvement. The barton short throw will shorten the throw from each shift 40% and the shift bracket allows high rpm deflections to be a thing of the past. If you enjoy the stock length of each shift, you could check out just the shifter bracket as many people only change this and enjoy the results so much they do not get a short throw shifter. It's all a thing of personal preference really! Most of the information I listed is in the product description too. AM also sells short throw shifters from Steeda (20%) and SR (25-30%) if you don't want something as short as the Barton.
Any warranty? Had shifter and bracket installed on my 2013 GT, stick snapped clean in half while driving.
Barton Industries provides a one year warranty on their products.
I installed is this and I’m getting a really annoying squeaky noise every time I hit a bump. Does any one know what I may have done wrong or is that just how the shifter is?
We do apologize but without being physically present and directly looking into your vehicle in person we would be unable to determine the issue and advise that you take this into a local mechanic to have them look into the install.
Does it come with everything needed for installation?
Yes, everything needed to complete the install for the Barton Industries Short Shifter and Bracket is included. This can reuse the factory shift knob or an aftermarket shift knob.
If you are having issues with a specific gear, the problem likely has more to do with the transmission than the shifter. We recommend taking the car to a mechanic to diagnose the problem.
The difference between the Barton Industries Short Shifter and Bracket - MT-82 (11-14 GT, V6) and the 2 bracket option is rigidity. The 2 post bracket is going to be heavier duty and be able to take more of a beating, per se.
Yes. It has reverse lock-out same as the stock shifter.
No - this shifter does not require any tuning after installation.
Short answer yes. Only slightly though. I would describe it as a firmer, more accurate shift. I also use my car as a DD so I understand your concern, but if you do any spirited driving it is almost a necessity. I also think that as the shifter gets worn in to the car it might ease up what some describe as a harsh, mechanical feel. You will notice slightly more road noise, but nothing that will over power your intake, exhaust or radio. After all, if you're concerned about a slightly harder throw or road noise, go trade it in for a fusion.
This shift handle allows you to reuse your stock shift knob or any aftermarket knob with a 12mm x 1.25 thread pattern! Hope this helps!