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Old 01-25-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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Shifter bushings

I just bought an ebay short shifter, it came with the shift lever attached to that bracket with the pointy end and the bushing that goes into the other end of the bracket. My shifter is really sloppy so I'm going to replace bushings while I'm in there, so which ones should I replace? And what kind of bushings should I get? Do polyurethane bushings make a big difference? Are there any local or Canadian stores that sell these things for a good price?
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:23 AM   #2
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Hey, depending on the short shift kit that you got it may come with a selector rod or just the shorter shifter arm.It should be an OEM fit but sometimes if its the whole package it might have its own bushing style and sizes. A good place to order an OEM equivalent shifter bushing kit is Pelican Parts, they also have a sweet write up on all of it. According to them the Delrin aftermarket bushings are manufactured even more pecisely than the oem for that tight tight feel and will last longer because of non-consumable materials. You will notice a huge difference from the old shifting with both kits, combined with a short shoft kit, make your bmw a way more engaging experience. Whichever you end up purchasing, their DIY is for the win. Keep in mind for easiest and quickest way of getting all this done is jacking the car up to a nice height, removing exhaust and driveshaft.

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Old 04-12-2010, 12:16 PM   #3
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IMO wait for your kit see what it comes with and then go to the stealers for the bushings your missing.
Never went with anything other then stock shifter but bought all the componets to fix the sloppyness and were less then 20 bucks for everything.
Bit of a PITA to figure out how to get to the one the ball sits in but easy once you figured it out.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:48 AM   #4
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i got a sloppy shifter too... went on the pelican site but couldnt find the DIY..
any 1 has it?
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:43 AM   #5
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oh its on there buddy! they even sell the shifter bushing kit
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