Shifter rod bushing install suggestions

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Shifter rod bushing install suggestions

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Replacing shifter rod bushing in 356C. Is it necessary to remover shift rod to replace shift rod bushing ring? I recall 911 had set screw that allowed shift ball socket retainer to be removed but didn’t note that being on 356. Waiting on part delivery before I remove shifter again. I have replaced ball socket and coupler bushings and didn’t know about this rod bushing. Live and learn….. Hope this cures difficulty with getting into first and reverse w/o grinding.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations on best process.
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The I did it in my shop was to cut the bushing on a 45 degree angle and then with a lot of lube stuff it around the shaft. Alan the Stable.

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If shifting into first and reverse results in ‘grinding’, the remedy is almost always adjusting the tension on the clutch cable. Only a few turns of either the front or rear nut should solve the problem.
Make the adjustment after car is driven a fee miles to warm things up.

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That adjustment should lessen the free play. I agree that this is probably whats needed.
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I went for first test drive after reinstalling engine and clutch didn’t have much peddle free play and clutch was slipping. Even then I had the grinding. Adjusted back to .8-1 .0 in free play. Car drove fine except the grinding into first and reverse remained.

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Adjust the clutch pedal stop at the floorboard so the pedal goes down just far enough so that reverse can be engaged without grinding.
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#7 Post by Martin Benade »

It sounds like you may have a clutch problem or dragging pilot bearing. The linkage can’t really cause grinding.
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Clutch linkage can though.
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Here is an old link about the shift shaft bushing: viewtopic.php?t=29245&hilit=shift+rod+bushing Between the shift bushing article and this link most questions should be answered. Personally whenever I have done shifter bushings I do them all including the coupler bushings at the rear of the shift shaft. This has always resulted in a shifter action that I can only describe as similar to a hot knife through butter. Very satisfying. I agree that the grinding in reverse and 1st gear only is from the clutch system, unless a transmission Guru comes along and gives us an internal transmission possible cause.
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#10 Post by Alan Klingen 2 »

You cut the bushing at a 45 degree angle and the with a lot of lube you can feed it around the shift shaft and get it in. It really works!!! Alan The Stable.

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#11 Post by Doug McDonnell »

+1 Alan I have done it both ways and see no downside to the 45 degree cut. Removing the roll pin to get the shift lock collar off is a PITA in comparison.
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#12 Post by Geoff Fleming »

Just a thought…you do have enough oil in the transmission, no?

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