Phil while you're on here, how do you like your mgw shifter? compared to stock
Aw man, I LOVE it.
Initially/originally, I *was* having trouble finding 5th gear after adding the MGW but I just recently (yeah, after FIVE YEARS!) found out my reverse lock out solenoid was AFU since it was brand new, and *that* is what made it necessary to "hunt" for the 5th & 6th gear gates. I have a video of a run at Mojave last April that shows me "hunting" around for the 5th gear gate and only getting 166 MPH from the lost time I took to find it. There is a spring inside of the solenoid that pushes the cog out and keeps you from pushing the lever over into the R gate. I found it had somehow fallen out of the bore which made it lay across the bore and keep it from locking out REVERSE. But once I found it and fixed it, it's just as easy to hit 5th and 6th as it is to hit 1st and 2nd. And 3rd/4th are just as easy. The shifter is a dream, wish I would'a found the problem long ago but I didn't even know I had a problem until one time when I "buzzed" the reverse gear when trying to put it into 5th driving down the highway. OOPS! It was then that I realized it wasn't locking ot and that's why I was having to hunt for 5th instead of just stuffing it into gear.
And in fact, the reason I got the MGW in the fist place was because of the stock shifters problem hitting 3rd and 4th (mostly 3rd). With the MGW, going from 2nd to 3rd is just like a old Muncie or BW 4 speed. There are NO missed shifts, NO hitting 5th by mistake, nice POSITIVE shifts in all gears and best of all....TOTALLY adjustable.
I was going to put a Barton it after testing one at the Ford Mustang 50th in Las Vegas last summer but once I found the problem with the lock-out solenoid, I would think of it.
Then when MGW came ot with the Gen II GT500 shifter I was thinking about it again. But it's not adjusable (throw) like the Gen I is so NO DICE.
I'm 100% satisfied with the MGW Gen I shifter and would do it again if I bought another GT500 (over the Gen II AND the Barton).
The Barton IS a nice shifter. It feels more like the stock Mustang 5.0 shifter, as in SMOOOTH going into gear. I like the "notchy" feel (I call it "POSITIVE" feel) of the MGW over the stock or Barton. I LIKE the "click click" I get when shifting into a gear. It lets me know I'm in gear, not hoping I'm in gear.