Review & Install Video
Hey guys, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com here with the Barton short throw shifter for 2015 and up GT Mustangs. The Barton short throw shifter is going to be for the S550 owners that want a serious shifter upgrade and that are willing to pay for quality. This is for someone that wants to firm up shifts and have a more performance based driving experience. The factory shifter tends to deliver shifts that aren't necessarily terrible but that are a little soft and that are a little mushy. This shifter is more firm and it's also really solid, and it has less throw. One of the main downfalls of the factory shifter is that it has soft rubber bushings. That's where some of the down sides are coming from. Barton completely upgrades every single component of the shifter for you. That gives a very solid performance, and it installs like a dream.
All right, guys, I do have a partially disassembled factory shifter on the table here with me today. That's because I want to compare some of the Barton components to the factory shifter components and show you what kind of upgrades the Barton's going to offer. We're just going to look at the Barton for now, and then we'll come back to the factory shifter in a minute.
Looking at the Barton specifically, there are a couple of things that I wanted to point out. One of the biggest features of this shifter besides all the upgraded components which, like I said, I'll go over in a second, is that it has a maximum of a 25% reduction in throw. I say maximum here because this shifter actually lets you choose the throw reduction. I wouldn't really consider the throw of the stock shifter long to begin with, so if you think about it, a 25% reduction's pretty big. This shifter has a different cartridge design that's unique. You can swap out the cartridge and change the amount of throw reduction to how you like it. The 25% reduction is included with this shifter. Barton also has a 20% and a 15% center cartridge available if 25% is too much for you. You can also access the self centering springs in the cartridge itself and change those out if you don't like them because they are very stiff springs.
There are a lot of things that make this shifter so great. One of the most basic is that it's an entire replacement that is self contained shifter components. We're not just looking at an arm or the 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 the other short throw shifter options are actually the parts that cause some of the issues that the stock shifter has.
Giving you guys a general overview first before we go into more details. This entire shifter is made from CNC billet aluminum and stainless steel. It even has a billet aluminum rear bracket holding it to the body which doesn't allow for any play. This is different than the rear bracket on the factory shifter. This offers no support at all. You can see it's a very soft rubber bushing inside a thin piece of metal. I can take it out right now. There's a lot of play that goes on in this factory rear bracket because of this bushing. There are some other aftermarket options that give you a little bit more solid bushing, but it's not going to be anything like this billet aluminum rear bracket that Barton offers you. This is literally going to stop all of the deflection.
The other thing to consider is that this housing is weather tight. Here's the bottom of the housing right there. You see a nice O-ring. Barton does that a lot with this shifter. They include a lot of O-rings, and that's what's going to make it different than things like the factory option where you'd put a gasket or RTV or something in there. All the O-rings are built in. When you assemble this and put this all together, it's going to be weather tight for you so you don't have to worry about putting any RTV on it. It's just going to be ready to go on its own.
This is a rock solid shifter. If we compare it to the factory shifter directly, you can 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 right here. You can see how that compares to the bushing in the factory shifter. It's totally different. The front bushing and the rear bracket helps control the normal vibrations that go through the shifter. This setup stops nearly all of the deflection. Some of the deflection is still absorbed through this rear bracket that Barton has, because you've got to have a little bit of deflection that goes through there, but this setup is going to have a lot less deflection than the factory setup, less deflection and less vibration. That means the more solid shifts, no lockout and just an all around better driving experience for you.
Really breaking this down some, this shifter eliminates what I consider two major weak points in the factory shifter components. There's additional pivot cups, and the ball socket design which is right here. The factory pivot cups are plastic. They allow for a ton of deflection on the center shaft and that means play and wiggle. The center shaft now has a pivot block with a mini pivot cup that's aluminum, not plastic, held in place by a pin and O-rings. 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 take up slack, but it's not so tight to cause the binding. The block then goes into the cartridge which I mentioned earlier that you can swap out and into the main housing.
Of course, this shifter's made for the MT-82 6-speed trans, so it's going to 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 want to upgrade to this feature. The reverse lockout is identical to the factory reverse lockout. It has the factory look and feel to it. Another nice thing is that the shifter doesn't require any permanent modifications to get installed and it reuses the factory shift knob. Like I mentioned earlier, this one is for the GT Mustang, but Barton does offer another shifter that will fit the V6 and the EcoBoost as well for you guys that want to bang some gears.
As far as price, you're looking at spending about $450 for this shifter. Like I mentioned earlier, this is one of the most expensive options, but you are paying for quality here in my opinion. Besides all of the different component upgrades, you're getting an entirely new unit that's very easy to install. 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 with the different cartridge design. This is definitely something that's unique to Barton.
The install and how long it's going to take or how difficult it's going to be will depend on your current list of upgrades. If you still have stock components on your car like stock exhaust and the stock driveshaft, you'll most likely be able to get away with an easy install that'll take about an hour and be a one out of three wrenches on the scale. In our case, however, nothing stays stock here. We had a full exhaust and a carbon fiber one piece driveshaft on our car, so we had a longer install. If you're like us and you have upgraded parts then you'll need a handful of tools, and a helping hand will be nice as well. A lift would be the best bet to get the job done. You can expect a full three out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and a few hours to finish the install.
I'm going to glaze over the details here since the install is so involved. To get the factory shifter out, you're looking at doing the obvious things - removing the factory shift knob, getting your boots out from inside the car and all that type stuff. After that, if you've got upgraded components like we do, you won't have enough room to install the shifter without removing some things. You've got to get the car in the air, drop the exhaust from mid-pipe back, mark and remove the driveshaft, 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's 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. This is so well made that went together very nicely for us. Everything fit well. We don't need to hammer anything into place. It was all snug enough to eliminate play.
Wrapping things up here, the Barton short throw shifter is a serious complete shifter upgrade. The entire shifter is made from CNC billet aluminum and stainless steel. It's going to come with a cartridge that reduces throw 25%, but it's also customizable. You can pick up a 15% or 20% reduction cartridge instead if you don't want the 25%. The shifter reuses the stock shift knob, and it all retains the factory reverse lockout and the backup camera. You can check this shifter out more online along with all of your other short throw shifter options. For all things Mustang, keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
25% Shorter Throw.
Eliminate the mushy, sloppy feeling of your V6 or EcoBoost Mustang’s factory shifter with a brand new Barton Industries short throw shifter for faster, smoother shifting while you're banging through all six gears. This Barton Industries short shifter is specifically designed to reduce the throw by up to 25%, all while preserving the factory shifter ergonomics for a comfortable yet sporty driving experience.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 manually equipped Mustang. Retaining this safety feature prevents the driver from shifting into reverse accidentally.Superior Construction.
Manufactured in the USA, this Barton Industries Short Shifter is assembled from CNC-machined 6061 T6 billet aluminum and 303 stainless steel components. Featuring rock solid construction, this Short Throw Shifter includes all the hardware required for installation.One Year Warranty.
Barton Industries warrants their Shifters to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase. Some exclusions may apply, please see manufacturer's warranty for details.Application.
This Barton Industries shifter with included 25% throw cartridge is specifically designed for use on the 2015-2019 V6 or EcoBoost Mustangs equipped with the MT-82 manual 6 speed transmission. The shift handle reuses the stock shift knob or an aftermarket knob with a 12mm x 1.25 thread pattern.
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- What's in the Box
- Installation Info
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Tech Specs
Short Shifters Specifications
||2015-2017 V6, EcoBoost
||Billet Aluminum and |
||Shift Knob Included:
- Will it fit my Mustang?
- EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
- V6 - 15, 16, 17