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Old 05-01-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default Aftermarket Shifter Debate.

Looked and looked across the web, and I've been unable to pin down which shifter everyone believes to be the best. The Contenders.

Barton - Barton Industries Short Shifter and Two-Post Bracket - MT-82

Cost - 369.99
Throw Reduction - 40%
Replaces Lower bracket.

MGW - Short Shifter
Cost - 390.00
Throw Reduction - 30%
Replaces lower and upper bracket, also provides heat shield

The argument is straight down the middle.

Many prefer the Barton for the price, and instant shipping.

MGW is said to be the best of the best, but might have to wait on production.

Anyone care to shed some light? I'm going to purchase one of the two...And I really want the best bang for the buck, I don't think i'll notice the 10% difference in the Throw, so it all comes down to Quality.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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There is no debate. MGW.
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There is no debate. MGW.
Any idea on the wait time when ordering a MGW currently?
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:43 PM   #4
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My car is currently stock and I have no experience with any of these shifters, but I have been considering my options. I see several folks on here with Steeda Tri-Ax shifters, are these comparable as well?
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My car is currently stock and I have no experience with any of these shifters, but I have been considering my options. I see several folks on here with Steeda Tri-Ax shifters, are these comparable as well?
Yes Steeda also makes a Short throw, however, I've heard Barton and MGW are the best of the best for the Money. I just put in my order for an MGW and praying it will be on my porch before I return from deployment!
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MGW is well worth waiting on
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MGW is well worth waiting on
FIgured as much from the raving reviews...Now off to order my CAI/Tuner and Exhaust and we will be done with the money burning for a while!
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Barton for a 2013, not sure of MGW, looks like people with 05-09 like MGW. FR double bracket is the most expensive $479. Here's the Barton with bottom bracket, Speed Dawg Race Red shift ball and Steel Braided clutch line.
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My brother in law just bought the Barton shifter a few weeks ago and loves it. I had the chance to drive it, and it was really nice. The shifts were extremely short and accurate.
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just installed the MGW this past weekend (after a two week wait). and I couldn't be happier. the kit is COMPLETE and they really want to make sure there is zero unwanted vibration/noise by adding dynomat and locktight and extra nuts on top of nuts and RTV sealant. So far i've hammered on it pretty good, and it feels great, going to the track for the first time tomorrow so I could report back my findings then as well.
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What happened to Hurst???? I have one in mine and it's the best short throw I've ever felt.
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Hurst made a reverse indicator out of an LED, they cheaped out and everybody veered away. This is for the MT-82 though.

When you look at it the barton is only a shorter throw and side-side movement. While they replace the rear support to provide better shifts with the $369 kit, it does nothing to support the shift linkage beyond the factory. I've tried MGW and Barton and found the Barton was noisier. Not from a whine standpoint, but you could hear the transmission go into gear. I have less noise from MGW than I did from the factory shifter. MGW to Barton is about like comparing Barton to the guy who cut his shifter and welded back together to get a shorter throw. I'm not trying to put down Barton, each product accomplishes the same thing, just different parts and prices.

Has anyone installed the rear bracket of any brand without installing a short throw?
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I have a Barton with a Steeda Bracket. It's Notchy but definitely better than stock. It won't let you miss a gear. Never tried an MGW .... Picked up the Barton used for cheap so never considered the pricier MGW.
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If the only argument against the MGW is that you might have to wait to get it (and pay a whopping $20 more), I think that should make this a pretty simple debate. Get the MGW.

If I recall correctly, when I ordered my MGW it only took a few days for it to be shipped out. Memory's a little fuzzy though because I didn't mind waiting at the time.
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Here is some additional information on our shifter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4sKE...yer_detailpage

Here is a customer testimonial on our shifter as well:

I installed a tri-ax in my car this past week and have been driving on it for the past week, and I am happy to say I am blown away!

When I saw the pictures and held it in my hand I was very skeptical (as were others in the shop) when we saw no east-west springs as in previous tri-ax's. However after install all of use were amazed at the control in this shifter. We were worried that the shifter would not make a big difference, we were VERY VERY wrong.

100% of the slop is ELIMINATED. The shifter is not notchy, it is easy to engage each gear and finding the gate is not an issue. However you never have that mushy in between the factory shifter gave you which left you wondering: is this first or third? while sitting at a light.

My favorite part is the 2-3 shift. I push forward with an open palm and the shifter authoritatively finds 3rd for me 100% of the time. You will NOT miss 3rd with this shifter.

Finally the reverse spring is 10X harder then factory and that’s exactly what I was hoping for. It was far too easy to engage reverse with the factory shifter. If its too firm for you they include and optional spring with a lesser rate in the box.

Overall: Its so good I could never drive my car with the factory shifter again.

That pretty much sums it up! I can only give you one insight on our shifter and we stand behind it 100%. We offer a lifetime warranty on our shifter and worked with Ford Motor Company to come up with the specs.

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They are all good ... you just have to use them and figure out which one suits you best.

You won't be disappointed.

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MGW.

FYI, the guy that started it makes precision gun parts for Sigarms, Beretta, and Triijcon, and makes car parts because he loves cars that much and shares our passion for going faster.

MGW is made by a real American car man for real American cars.

MGW makes things used by Marines and Army grunts.


Barton's cute.
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MGW delivered two weeks after the order was placed-- depending on where they have to ship it. I haven't installed mine yet.
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What happened to Hurst???? I have one in mine and it's the best short throw I've ever felt.
If you like notchy, positive engagement, then the Hurst is fine. If you're slamming gears at 6500 rpms, it's a nightmare.
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mine has one..it's awesome...dont know what make it is though?
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