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Well Im sure the cat will be or for some out of the bag. I received mine yesterday and am looking forward to installing it tomorrow when I go to the shop. I blurred out the manufacture but you can easily find out who it is. Feast your eyes on this on this baby.


 

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You can tell us who makes it. That's not against forum rules.
 

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I did see a review of it from another forum from someone who installed it. He is saying it is a lot noisier than stock. I know one of the things Barton was trying to "fix" from the Hurst setup was the "noise" the Hurst made. I never noticed any noise coming from the Hurst so I probably would not notice any noise from the Barton either lol
 

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We will see if noise is an issue. If so I will throw some sound mat on the transmission plate. Although from what I have heard and seen and the hearing damage I have it will be as quiet as a church mouse.
 

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So far I believe 3 outta 4 have been installed and there is some tranny feedback but all the reviews so far say it is much quieter than the Hurst so tomorrow will tell more of the story. I will be driving 2 plus hours back from install and then next week I head to the track.
 

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Barton Short Throw Shifter for Six Speed Challengers. (Long Read)

Barton Short Throw Shifter for Six Speed Challengers. (Long Read)

I have followed Barton since I first heard speculation that they would make a shifter for the Challenger. A few months later and a prototype came to be and Barton started preorders in January. I was so excited I believe I enrolled as soon as the site opened up. Four weeks later and a follow up with Dave, I got a call from Barton and they were ready to send out five prototypes. If I was interested they would ship it to me overnight to install over the weekend. Friday 02/14 it arrived for install so I freed up time Sunday to get it done.

Initial appearance:

This must be the most overbuilt shifter I have ever seen. Solid billet aluminum and nothing small or cheap about it. Hell there are 12 bolts that connect the shifter to the main body. Just look at the photos this thing is a tank enuff said!

Install experience:

I must of watched the install video twenty times looking at each detail. I am going to emphasize that instructions are there for a reason. Follow each step as outlined and you will be rewarded. Fall out of line and you will regret it, and will only have to undo and redo, in order to do, what you should have done. If you watch the video and follow the steps this should take no more than an hour of your time and moderate effort. The two hardest moments are the pins than connect the shifter to the transmission and lining up the shifter with the transmission plate. Take your time and you should not have to force anything.

Fit and Finish:

Did I say this thing is a tank? The tolerances are tight and unforgiving. This was an engineers hard work and creative mindset. The machining is clean no sharp corners or anything that can cut you or hang up on something. Time and effort was placed into the final product. My Challenger will rot and fade away before this thing even discolors. I am impressed and I am a jaded enthusiast. I wish I could display this shifter openly.

Testing experience:

Once everything was button up it was time to experience the upgrade first hand. Starting and idling there is no noise.The shifter is solid and any movement is to select a gear. There is no side to side slop and gear selection is a satisfying click. There is no doubt you have made a positive selection. Moving through the gears is out of one and into another almost instinctively and methodically. As you raise the RPMs the sound of an engaged transmission is evident but not obtrusive. It is a satisfying sound of power. It almost sounds like a whirl of a supercharger and immediately disappears at continuous speed and not noticed upon deceleration. Again this is an upgrade to a performance product. If you want absolute quiet stick with the stock shifter and keep wondering why you keep missing third.

Overall:

I am very happy and look forward to driving my Challenger even more. This upgrade is a must for anyone from everyday driver up to a track master. It will make your driving a better experience period.


Sorry about the lack of install and final install photos. I would direct people to the install video which shows you all you need to know. This is just my experience. Yours may vary.
 

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Congrats it looks like a well made unit!!:smileup:
 

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First off thank you for the kind words to all that posted.

Barton is sold out on first batch. The second batch is now preordering and I believe the cost are compairable to the Hurst.

I also wanted to add our local club president rode with me today and he said it now feels like a muscle car with the shifter. It does bring me back to the days of eight track, 440 6 paks, and Radar love full blast coming out of the pioneer 6x9s.
 

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Great Write-Up on the installation and your experiences. :rep:
 
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