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Old 04-08-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Barton shifter and bracket installed

Tackled this today. Took maybe an hour total. Car was in driveway on jack stands.


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Really Ford?!?! I mean really?!?!

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Old shifter ready for removal

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New bracket installed

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Ready to instal console

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PITA boot put back on

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Everything put back together and ready for a test drive

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Test drive was freakin awesome! I love it. Goes into second smooth as butter now. Love the feel it has going into all gears.
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How was the install? Any problems getting that rubber sleeve around the shifter??
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How was the install? Any problems getting that rubber sleeve around the shifter??
Instal wasn't bad, a little tight but I have large hands too. The 2 post bracket has no rubber sleeve, it's all metal. I had to use a wrench to tighten the bolts on the bottom part but it wasn't bad. It would've been easier with the drive shaft out and if I didn't have a 3" cat-back, but wasn't bad. If by rubber sleeve you mean the shift boot, yeah it was a PITA. I wound up getting the inner part over the shifter base, then used a small pry bar to get the outer part around the metal hole.
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When installing the shifter bracket, I've read you have to be "really careful" to not over tighten the nuts or you risk shearing off the bolts. How tight do they really need to be? My initial thought was that if I don't tighten them enough, they will get loose over time, but maybe they really don't need to be very tight? I'm probably over thinking this, but I really don't wanna shear those bolts off (I've read of a couple people who have accidentally done just that...)
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When installing the shifter bracket, I've read you have to be "really careful" to not over tighten the nuts or you risk shearing off the bolts. How tight do they really need to be? My initial thought was that if I don't tighten them enough, they will get loose over time, but maybe they really don't need to be very tight? I'm probably over thinking this, but I really don't wanna shear those bolts off (I've read of a couple people who have accidentally done just that...)
I would use your best judgement. Also if you're worried about them coming out, just use some blu loctite and that'll hold them in securely.
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I guess my main concern was that these nuts/bolts holding on the bracket would be subject to large forces from the torque of the engine since the bracket is meant to hold the shifter in place and prevent movement.
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The screws holding the bracket on the underside are supposed to be tightened carefully, switching from one side to the other as u tighten so the bolt won't snap. Also, it should come with blue locktite
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Is the bracket there to make shifts precise and is the shifter there to make the shifts shorter? I feel like just the bracket will do me just fine and save me $200+.
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Is the bracket there to make shifts precise and is the shifter there to make the shifts shorter? I feel like just the bracket will do me just fine and save me $200+.
The bracket will take some of the play out of the shifter. It won't be nearly the same as replacing the shifter too but will be an improvement. The aftermarket shifter doesn't just make the shifts shorter. It makes them even more mechanical and precise.
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