How-To: Install short-throw shifter + bushings

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How-To: Install short-throw shifter + bushings

Post by OB » Fri Feb 17, 2006 1:42 am

I wrote this up based on the installation of my Mopure STS. The pictures are of a Mopar STS, which is slightly different but similar enough that they will work for our purposes. Thanks and good luck.



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Very straightforward deal. heres the step by step, excuse any mistakes this is from memory (second time installing exact same setup).

1. park car in fourth gear and pull ebrake up as far as possible. ---now would be a good time to disconnect the battery too! good habit when workin on cars!--- Also remove stock/aftermarket knob at this time.

2. Remove center console (4 bolts in armrest compartment, 2 in lower cupholders). Pull up from back and work it off.

3. Pop off stock shift bushings (2) on either side of the assembly. they are small, round, holy, and black. they are stuck on the linkage pins and might be tough to get off, but theyre much easier than boogers! Pry em off, and wear gloves cuz hands smack stuff in this small workspace!

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Now we can get to the hard part!!!

4. Remove shift linkage clips. NOTE: on some cars (mine) this is VERY difficult. Use channel locks or something with a ton of grip. Wear gloves if possible. The clips are located between the linkage and the assembly toward the front of the assembly. SEE PIC BELOW. grab ahold of em and pull away from assembly.

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5a. Pop off linkage (use some force and be careful not to break anything). Pull from strong points of the linkage.

5b. The assembly should now be free from the linkage. move it to the side and unbolt and remove the stock assembly (4 corners, 4 nuts). Be sure to keep track of the nuts (and save the old bushings unless theyre totally worn out, just in case).

6. Drop the new assembly into place over the studs and lightly tighten the nuts to hold it in. This would be a good time to upgrade to JM solid cradle mounts. See below link for more info.

http://forum.2gn.org/viewtopic.php?t=11 ... ght=cradle

7. Pop the linkage back in (easier in than out), and get those pesky linkage clips back in nice and tight!

8. Get those fresh boogers (or stockers if you didnt go for the upgrade), and get a finger of grease from the joint of the shaft/assembly and apply it to the linkage pin. Slide the bushings in (Boogers come with basic instructions for further help). Make sure theyre in GOOD. Let your pliers double check for you.

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8. Check to make sure the shifts are clean and correct. They should be VERY tight and have almost zero play. Shifts may be unusually difficult for the first few weeks (or days, depending on use), so hang in there and prepare to be sore for a day or two.

9. All done! carefully put everything back together. Dont get too excited, time for tranny bushings!


TRANNY BOOGERS:

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1. Take out stock airbox (CAI can stay if u have one)

2. Disconnect battery (if you havent already).

3. Remove battery by loosening the release clamp behind and infront of the battery/tray.

4. Remove battery and tray (lots of small bolts/nuts)

5. Access bushings (2) and remove, just like shifter bushings, except one is bigger than the other three.

---Be sure to use grease if possible to get the pins in there smooth.

6. Install new bushings exactly the same as on the shifter.

7. Reassemble what you took apart and youre done!

GO DRIVE!


Special thanks to nate-00neon for his assistance in getting the images back up.

OB
Last edited by OB on Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:59 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Post by electricbluesxt » Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:52 am

i love it. the mopure sts is awesome! p.s. never order anything from IMOTORGEAR. the company is totally bogus. lol. i put my knob and pedals on a 2 day air, paid $20 extra. and i didn't get the order for another week and half later. they had my stuff just sitting in the warehouse for a week. after being lied to about it being shipped 3 times, i demanded my shipping money back and also got 10% off of my order. so i had my sts for a week before i could install it. talk about being bummed out! but the end result of everything is wonderful! thanks OB! :)
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Post by timplett » Thu Oct 05, 2006 7:25 pm

Just for the record, do you mean Mopar? Or is there actually some company out there called Mopure that makes and STS?
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Post by koreysxt » Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:19 pm

MOPURE -- look here:

http://www.streetstylecustoms.com/mopurests.html

Similar to Maddog. Both are better than Mopar.
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Post by timplett » Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:56 pm

Thanks, I'd never heard of those before. Look good, but I think I'm gonna go Maddog (eventually) because I want the extreme reduction.
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Post by OB » Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:40 pm

yeah mopure is a pretty underground company, but their STS' are top notch. maddogs are also supposed to be very nice. The super reduction maddogs werent around when i first got my STS thru mopure, otherwise i might have gone for one myself.
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Post by CA180 » Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:56 pm

Pics no werky for me.... Crap
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Post by timplett » Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:53 am

I'm considering the 80% reduction, then a custom taller centre console, so maybe like 4 inches of shifter will be sticking out. I've got too many ideas and not enough money. I think a new snowboard's coming first this year though.
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Post by racer12306 » Sat Oct 20, 2007 10:34 pm

bump to be moved from part numbers to how-to's
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Post by BlackRoseRacing » Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:24 am

thankx, another one must have slipped by during the move :lol:
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Post by evilneon02 » Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:58 am

maddog sts i would have to say are the best he custom makes them how you want them i got the 80% and 1" shorter in height

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Post by nate-00neon » Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:24 pm

whered the pictures go? lol
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Post by OB » Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:56 pm

I accidentally deleted them from the photobucket account, and cant find them anywhere on my computer. Im workin on it but dont bet on them coming back. Im so retarded sometimes..
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Post by nate-00neon » Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:13 pm

oh thats ok ill just pm u if i have questions lol
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Post by nate-00neon » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:02 am

when i go mine sometime after christmas do you want me to send you the pics so that you can use them for this...im sure it will be a big help to noobies like me lol
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Post by OB » Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:13 pm

Please do, that would be awesome.
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Post by nate-00neon » Mon Dec 03, 2007 9:37 pm

alright will do it wont be for awhile but it will probally before new years but i will def take picutes!
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Post by nate-00neon » Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:33 am

i found that for getting those pins off i used pliars and held on to them nice and tight and then took a hammer carefully and gave it one or two good hits, careful to not more or wreck anything and they just poped off...after you get one the second should be easier lol
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Post by dtecneon » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:52 pm

Sweet write up

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Post by ebomb » Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:24 pm

Great write up...Its a very easy mod once the center console is out.
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Post by Boyscoutgonebad » Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:37 pm

just installed my Maddog STS, boogers, and Jonnymopar bushings this afternoon. great write up!! hardest part i had was getting the boogers on the passenger side shifter linkage. spent about 15 min trying to get it on. Finally got some plumbing pliers so I could get a hold of it better, took about 10 seconds once I had the right tool.
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Post by Maddog » Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:35 pm

ANY time you remove/move the cable, shifter, transmission, or motor/trans mounts, it is VERY important that you re-set your neutral position. It's very easy to do, and takes 15-30 minutes, depending on how much junk is in the center console. This would also be a good time to clean the center console, since you'll have it out of the car.


To adjust your neutral position:
1) You will need to remove the center console (2 short screws in cup holders, 4 longer screws in box).
2) Set the brake; put trans in 3rd or 4th ONLY.
3) Using an 8mm wrench or socket, loosen the small bolt (about 3 turns) located on the driver's side cable where it attaches to the gate arm. Make sure that the connection is loose, and that you are in 3rd/4th gear. You can wiggle the rod a little to insure the connection is loose.
4) Slowly re-tighten the bolt to 70 in-lbs.
5) Test drive the car, making sure you can get into all gears w/no issues.
6) Re-install center console, re-install all yer junk in console lol
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Post by OB » Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:30 pm

^Excellent advice. Mind if I copy and paste that into the write up since I'm too lazy to type it out? :twisted:
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