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Old 07-24-2012, 06:20 PM   #1
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Barton shifter and bracket install - SUCCESS!

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.

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How many beers did it take start to finish.
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Re: Barton shifter and bracket install - SUCCESS!

Just that one ... saved another for when I was done.
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Thanks. This is the kind of reviews that really help!
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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Re: Barton shifter and bracket install - SUCCESS!

I am actually looking forward to driving to work tomorrow. I planned on my first oil change today but didn't get to it ... went to town to try and find a wrench thin enough to work the jam nut. That is the only thing really bothering me now ... I think I read the nut is 17mm but didn't bother to check while I had it off. Because I can't work the jam nut, the shift boot collar will move a little on the shifter shaft it I try.

Does anyone have any experience with these jam nuts? I went o every auto part place and Sears and they looked at me like I was an idiot. Which may indeed be true ... but it's also just as true that SOMEONE had a thin-enough wrench to get it on the first time!
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Grind one down. Had to do this before. Buy a cheap wrench and grind away. Good luck.
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+1 I've got a whole bunch of sockets and wrenches that I've flattened out with the grinder to get into those tough to reach areas. Lol
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The best place to find tools to grind & chop up: Harbor Freight. The disposable tool store.
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Try a bike shop. They have all the really thin wrenches. Way easier than grinding down wrenches.
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The best place to find tools to grind & chop up: Harbor Freight. The disposable tool store.
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Thanks - that's great idea.
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The best place to find tools to grind & chop up: Harbor Freight. The disposable tool store.
Lol thats all we use at work. Its gonna get jacked up no matter who makes it in a fab shop, might as well pay 30 bucks less
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