Frank (racer12306) will now be making these bushings. I can no longer make these in a timely manner and quite a few recent sets have been delayed. That's not how I like to do business. Please contact him for ordering instructions.
104 sets have gone out so far, all to 2GN members! Thank you all for your support and thank you for making this 2GN exclusive such a big hit!
** UPDATE 09-24-08 **
Now taking orders again. My schedule has thankfully slowed down a bit and I'll be making these once again. Thanks for the support everyone!
** UPDATE 3-10-08 **
Ok people! MANY sets of these have gone out the door and have worked great. I figured I'd add some info as far as which shifters these have been used with successfully:
*Maddog series (all)
*various rod-only eBay shifters
The only shifter that I've found so far that these will NOT work with is the Hurst short throw setup. The shifter rod extends down further than other shifters. Because of this, there are extra-thick cradle bushings supplied with the Hurst kit. I did make a custom 1/2" thick set for one person using this particular shifter to get around that. If you have a Hurst short throw and you'd like to purchase a custom set of these bushings, please let me know. There may be a bit of a lead time for them, but I can make them.
Thank you to everyone that has supported a fellow 2GN-er and an exclusive 2GN product. There is tons of feedback in this thread. Please, read on!
** UPDATE 2-6-07 **
Well I got my first set out to Canada. Turns out shipping is literally only pennies more than what I pay for US shipping, so just to make the announcement, these bushings are $14 shipped anywhere in the continental United States AND Canada!
** UPDATE 10-03-06 **
If anyone has any questions how these install, here's a quick how-to in Word format. I omitted removing/reinstalling the console because alot of people have done that already.
Thanks for the interest. I'd be happy to answer any other questions via PM.
** UPDATE 8-29-06 **
I apologize for any inconvenience, but I can not accept credit card payments due to only having a "personal" PayPal account. Bank transfers are accepted. I won't be upgrading my account to a "business" account because honestly, I do not use PayPal that much and they force you to pay fees on ALL incoming transactions once you've upgraded your account (this includes bank transfers that are free to accept with a personal account). Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause anyone.
If you're not sure what these are, on a 2000-2005 5-speed Neon, the whole shifter assembly is bolted to the floor with 4 rubber grommets, so it's got a little bit of play. Even when you do a short throw shifter or Boogers, or both, that overall give is still there. The bushings that I've made will eliminate that last bit of play and all you'll have left is the small bit that is in the cables (which is unavoidable).
You don't even have to take the shifter out of the car to replace these bushings. All you'll need to do is unbolt it. They're made of alloy 2024 aircraft-grade aluminum for strength and low weight. Bushings similar this, made from cheaper alloy 6061 aluminum, sell on eBay for $27. My set will be $14 shipped anywhere in the continental USA and Canada.
I made an experimental set out of brass. Here are pictures of the bushings themselves, and also installed on the shifter (the stepped lip faces down when installed).
I've had them in my car for over 8 months now with great results on just a chopped stock shifter. FTWNeon has good things to say about them installed with a Maddog 72% redux:
Let me know if anyone's interested.FTWNeon wrote:These things work great! They removed so much slop in the shifter. I still have some as I still havn't gotten any boogers yet but it still feels so much better. It's alot more enjoyable doing a hard 1-2 shift. I love them!