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Old 09-16-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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Blowfish shifter bracket

I was getting ready to order the Barton bracket then ran across this one : Blowfish Racing SSB-01-000 Mustang Support V6/GT/Boss 2011-14 . Not looking to pay an extra $200 bucks if it's the same results as just the Barton , but with an added DS loop, but if it's more than that don't mind the extra $$.
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You get what you pay for. I have the Barton and i am very happy with it, but this is even a step above that; hence, the price difference.
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Personally I'd say go with the Barton and buy a DS loop for about $150. I don't have a manual so b I can't attest for them, but Barton and MGW seem to be two of the best.

Also, I'm not fond the the placement of that Blowfish loop. I'd prefer it more towards the center like the others.

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This bracket is fundamentally different to the Barton bracket in that it ties the back end of the shifter to the transmission the same way the side bracket does, instead of to the body. This eliminates the twist allowing the shifter to remain aligned to the transmission. Theoretically this prevents the misalignment between the transmission and the shifter that happens under high torque conditions, that creates the lock out situation.

Those who have installed them seem to be reporting more NVH in the case of the OEM shifter body (whether the shifter top has been replaced with aftermarket or not) but better precision.

In the case of the MGW, where the MGW specific rear bracket has to be reused, but in an inverted position, NVH reports seem to be much less so long as contact with the OEM shifter studs is avoided. This is probably because the rear bracket for the MGW shifter has an elastomeric isolator in it vs. the solid mount of the OEM box snout to the BF bracket.

I've got and MGW in the car and the BF bracket on my bench at home with plans to install it this weekend.
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In their product video they remove a Barton to install the Blowfish. Then he comments on how much better it shifts... so I guessing it's a substantial upgrade - even from the Barton. Whichever I decide, this seems like one of the most " felt" upgrades from stock, as shifting the car is such a visceral part of the driving experience.
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In their product video they remove a Barton to install the Blowfish. Then he comments on how much better it shifts... so I guessing it's a substantial upgrade - even from the Barton. Whichever I decide, this seems like one of the most " felt" upgrades from stock, as shifting the car is such a visceral part of the driving experience.
Well I'd take that video with a grain of salt, they are trying to sell a product after all.

Look for unbiased reviews elsewhere.

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JoeyM91, Hence the post here But seriously it's seems better to me to be connected to what you're actually shifting ( the trans) than to the body. I do get rough shifts while cornering or going up a grade. I'll most likely spend the bucks to get the solution that tackles the issue fully- the Blowfish.
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For a DD Id say its overkill. I have the Barton bracket and shifter and its an awesome combo. Before the shifter I used the Barton bracket with the stock shifter and it helped a lot.
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True but I don't think many people would have that here just yet.

Go for it if you want to try it. The biggest thing that would bug me really is how close that loop is to the u joint. If a failure happened there, it could potentially slip out.

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Just ordered the BF. WJB... let us know how your install goes and what you think after testing.
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Sh#t... backordered. Well their sought after.
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For a DD Id say its overkill. I have the Barton bracket and shifter and its an awesome combo. Before the shifter I used the Barton bracket with the stock shifter and it helped a lot.
I agree, for a DD its overkill, and I'd be interested to hear how much more NVH this product has over the Barton bracket that only bolts to the DS tunnel.

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Well I'm going to call today and see how long the wait will be. If to long then I'll go with the Barton. Any opinions on the 2 post verses single post? I guess the two 2 post allows movement for and aft... new to the car world here guys coming from boats- so just asking questions. Getting ready to take the wife on a road trip from FL to New Orleans and want the less than perfect shifting to improve as much as possible- within reason. And I know it's vain but have a GT sound tube on the way for that great in cabin sound!
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Get the 2 post. The 1 post is a marginal benefit over stock, and not worth the investment when you consider the 2 post is that much better.
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Theres a thread about this over in the GT section, Ryanrok did a great write up on this. Worth a read.
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DIB, read that thanks. I called and put faster shipment on the Blowfish bracket ... they said back order would be fulfilled this week. Yeah, after reading that thread and just how I see it, the BF is the way to go.
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I am very interested in hearing what you think, I am tired of my shifter locking me out when I need to shift during a run. Kind of bad form to come out of the last corner, try to shift and get a fist full of gate for two seconds while it unbinds itself.
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Coming from a 5.0 guy that is going to be a lot rougher on his trans than you, get the blowfish, it might be overkill for you, but I'd rather spend the money on this than on the trans later.
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Thanks for the advice, I will go ahead with purchasing the blowfish. I think that you severely underestimate how much I ask from this car (I race my poor mustang like it is an oversized Formula SAE car)
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Love my blowfish trans mount, ya there is a bit of NVH but I don't mind, feel more connected.
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Is the NVH due to a disconnect with the body? This thing replaces the original bracket that connects to the body, am I right?


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Love my blowfish trans mount, ya there is a bit of NVH but I don't mind, feel more connected.
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Lock out

Yes , the bracket is removed. It is very minimal nvh. I have still noticed a bit of lock out once in awhile. Probably me not shifting correctly. I will be also buying a K member support that ties into the tranny to prevent torque flexing. You can watch the video on you tube.
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Is the NVH due to a disconnect with the body? This thing replaces the original bracket that connects to the body, am I right?
Mine has no additional NH. You will see the shifter dance around a lot more and feel some vibes of the driveline in the shifter but it's not anything different than any other trans with a shifter mounted to it vs mounted to the body.
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