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What's the consensus on shifter base bushings?

Posted by MindBlowin03, Dec 14, 2013

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  1. MindBlowin03

    MindBlowin03 Proven Member

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    I remember using both a homemade setup and 'kit' back in the day(around 2000 or so) but thought it made everything more notchy and ended up taking them out. I have never bothered to used them since. Is everyone still doing this mod and what is the consensus on them?
     

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  2. blkgst97

    blkgst97 Proven Member

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    I have the symborski kit with metal bearings at the ends of the shifter cable. Nice solid feel with no slop. I thought it was worth it.
     

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  3. dsmcrzy

    dsmcrzy Proven Member

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    I was very skeptical at first. Like really how can that possibly help?!?

    I did the diy method with Home Depot washers. All I have to say is holy crap I wish I did it sooner. Between that, roller blade bearings at the tranny and a short throw shifter it is very solid!!!

    I would recommend doing this for sure!!
     

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  4. boost97gst

    boost97gst Proven Member

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    It DOES matter. You will notice a difference. I remember buying a full set of aluminum base bushings and cable/tranny bushings on ebay for...shit, not more than 25 bucks. Just took me a little while longer to install the base bushings.
     
  5. crimsondragon

    crimsondragon Proven Member

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    I got shifter base bushings, bearings on both ends of the cables, and solid aluminum spacer on the cable brackets. Don't know how it was stock as I was AT before I swapped it over but it feels extremely good.
     

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  6. Blu92

    Blu92 Proven Member

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    I'm happy with mine. If it feels too notchy for you I know Road Race Engineering offers urethane ones.
     
  7. estoyaqui30

    estoyaqui30 Proven Member

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    I'm using the symborski kit for ages, it made it seem much more responsive and tight. I was using the "skate wheel bearing" on the transmission end of the shifter cable, but it almost cost me a transmission when they rusted onto the shift lever. Now I have delrin cable bushings on the cable ends. Really tight linkage now, no slop at all.
     
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  8. TheMadCheshire

    TheMadCheshire Proven Member

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    I went the fender washer route. Found fender washers for under, normal washer for in the middle and 2 more fender washers for the top. I love the positive feel they give. Also have the bearings in my linkage ends. I put a slight layer of silicone on them every so often and have never had a rust issue(6 plus years). If they feel too notchy, try loosening all of the base bolts and shift the base. You will get a slight amount of movement which will help center the linkage and make it shift smoother. May take a few try's to get it right.
     

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  9. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    I have the Symborski kit and the shifter cable bearings from Mach V. Both are great mods. Done it on my current Spyder and my past 2 DSMs. Will continue doing it on all future DSMs.
     

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  10. TsiTuner

    TsiTuner Proven Member

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    I like the shifter mods. I have the extremepsi version of the symborski kit and some brass shifter cable bearings from ebay. Its worth it in my opinion since our transmissions are sloppy from the factory
     

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  11. TurboLaserRS

    TurboLaserRS Proven Member

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    Just got shifter cable bushings from "JAT Performance" off ebay, they were 20 bucks and are anodized aluminum, or steel. (Can't remember, doesn't matter- LOL). I did a shifter refresh by buying all the factory shifter parts from one of our supporting vendors, and am complimenting it with these solid 'bushings'. I'm hoping for a much more direct and positive shift feel. Even though I haven't installed them. Just seeing the difference putting new factory stuff in made I really don't see how there could be much if any downside to this.
     

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  12. lewishamilton

    lewishamilton Proven Member

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    Any info on that spacer?
     

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