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Old 04-17-2004, 01:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know my car is a little bit older, but the shifting seems to be a little loose. there is now tension when putting it into gears, it kind of just slides in. Is there any way to make shifting feel a little tighter?
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Old 04-17-2004, 02:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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an ssk would help a lot.
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Old 04-17-2004, 08:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like that plastic ball at the base of the shifter is getting worn, go with the short shift kit as presidente said.

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Old 04-18-2004, 12:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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A short shift kit will give you all new bushing which will help. You can also do the weighted selector rod which will give you a better feel.
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Those parts are the ones that wear out and make it loose, just get new ones....

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The linkage is worn. You can see the parts you needs from the diagram posted above by Daemon.

The parts are relatively cheap from the dealer. However, if you plan to change the linkage yourself it's a lot of work! My shift linkage is sloppy as hell, but I've put off changing it because of the labour involved.

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The linkage is worn. You can see the parts you needs from the diagram posted above by Daemon.

The parts are relatively cheap from the dealer. However, if you plan to change the linkage yourself it's a lot of work! My shift linkage is sloppy as hell, but I've put off changing it because of the labour involved.

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Same here... I hope I can tackle that project in the summer

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how much are those aprts goign to run?

It might be more effective, and better in the long run (performance wise aswell) to just get a short shift kit.
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how much are those aprts goign to run?

It might be more effective, and better in the long run (performance wise aswell) to just get a short shift kit.
A simple SSK will make it a little bit better but it will not fix that problem completely, unless you get one of those very expensive ones which come with the selecting rod.
(I have a SSK installed that reduces shift throw by 30% and I still have that problem)


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thanx... and when i shift into 5th after the car has warmed up... it makes this noise... i cant really describe it, but the shifter rumbles.
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