Took on the Barton install today. A few hiccups along the way, but overall a success. Some points about the install:
1) The Barton instructions were excellent - the videos online helped, too.
2) Trouble getting the Roush knob off - dealer installed and I don't have a wrench thin enough to get between the knob and the boot collar. Was able to muscle it off - but it's not on very tight right now. Any tips appreciated
3) Surprised with how easily the center console came apart and wen back together.
4) The Barton bits were all excellent quality - all the screws went in easily and the holes all lined up.
5) Drove the lowered Mustang up on 8" race ramps and the bracket was right in my face. That and the drive shaft made it VERY difficult to do the bracket install. On a lift it would have been a cinch. But, it CAN be done ... just be patient. Use a small screwdriver to pry off the retainer clip on one of the bolts, and make sure you have a short allen wrench for nut plate. Lube the bushing a bit before applying to help it slide on.
6) The dust boot ... what a PITA to get back on properly. Thank God my wife has small hands ... I tried and tried and she popped it on first time.
Some points on the shifter itself:
1) Reverse is harder (by design). I was able to push down and up/left at the same time, now I have to push down FIRST, then up/left. This is not a problem ... it's by design to make it harder to accidentally go into reverse. I'd say it nigh on impossible now. Take some getting use to, but was expected.
2) The throws are ridiculously short! It's REALLY noticeable. Shifts are faster, period.
3) Shorter throw means less mechanical advantage - so the shifts are a bit harder. To be expected. You will get use to it.
4) Notchy, mechanical feel. Again - this is what I expected and what I wanted. There is NEVER any doubt as to what gear you're in.
5) Yes, there is some additional cabin noise ... but between the windows being down, the radio, and the Roush exhaust who the hell cares?
Overall, it's a change and it's a good change. Like any change, it will take some getting use to, but as of now I'm happy with the mod.