Barton Shifter installed...my thoughts...
Spent quite a few hours installing Barton shifter, mainly because the the rubber boot was a PITA getting the bottom piece in the bottom of the shifter groove, I think it's properly seated but not 100% sure so I put everything back together. And scraping off the paper thin stock gasket and installing a new thicker gasket.
So the stock shifter was causing me to occasionally grind gears at 2-3k rpm's/regular driving or power shifting, it didn't matter, some days were better than others. All I know is it caused me to get very good at focusing while shifting.
The stock shifter is softer easier feel to put into gear but had lots of crunchy/clicks going into gears it was ridiculous. It was like bear metal against metal shifting. And this car is 15k miles.
The Barton shifter is stiffer and louder but virtually impossible to miss shift or grind gears. I shifted the crap out of it and it won't grind gears. It is also less throw which is great. It goes into the desired gear with ease. The only real thing I dislike is trouble going into first gear at times. If I put hard pressure to the left of the shifter it won't go into 1st so if I put less pressure it goes in. It's just going to take getting used to as the stock shifter took getting used to, the primary thing is I am not grinding gears at powerful shifts so day 1 is great so far. Also, down shifting is much easier now.
I have also have the Steeda bracket installed which will suffice over the stock bracket. Not sure the Barton bracket would make any difference.
I measured my stock gear box and I THINK I have the 2" box but paralax was getting in the way from my viewpoint so I got a piece of paper and marked it and then measured it it's like 1.9-2 inches, it's so hard to tell. I wonder what the difference between the 1.8" and 2" box makes?