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southpark11235 09-05-2012 08:34 PM

Messed up my shifter
 
I just finished installing new shifter bushing and putting car back together. I must of installed something wrong because neutral sits were 5th should be. Does anyone know what I screwed up so I can fix it?

Gooby 09-05-2012 09:04 PM

Try rotating the shifter 180*

southpark11235 09-09-2012 02:40 PM

Gooby you were 100% right the shifter was backwards. I turned it around and all the gears are where they should be. Thank you

hornhospital 09-09-2012 04:06 PM

You aren't the first to do that, and you won't be the last. It's always kinda funny to hear the reaction when the installer realizes what they did wrong. So simple, yet so easy to do wrong. :thumbup:

drivinfaster 09-09-2012 05:09 PM

i woulda just switched the '5' to the middle, and put an 'n' there....:eeps:




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petriej 09-10-2012 11:24 AM

I'm really confused. Do you have any pictures?

B_Rad_M3 09-10-2012 12:02 PM

WAIT!!!!!!!!!

The PO (my car) had a new clutch installed, could that of messed with the shifter sitting towards 5th gear?

How can you rotate the shifter?


I'm sooooooo :confused:

At first im thinking shifter linkage and bushings, i just heard of a thing called a detent and now i might need to rotate it 180*!!!!

southpark11235 09-10-2012 01:30 PM

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Originally Posted by petriej (Post 7064989)
I'm really confused. Do you have any pictures?

I do not have pictures from when the shift lever was backwards. So I took some pictures with the shifter about where it was when it was backwards.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brad31late (Post 7065078)
WAIT!!!!!!!!!

The PO (my car) had a new clutch installed, could that of messed with the shifter sitting towards 5th gear?

How can you rotate the shifter?


I'm sooooooo :confused:

At first im thinking shifter linkage and bushings, i just heard of a thing called a detent and now i might need to rotate it 180*!!!!

If the PO installed the shift lever backwards like I did it would make the shifter sit towards 5th. I have attached a picture of the shifter linkage with the part you need to rotate circled. To rotate, first remove the shifter knob, leather boot under it and the foam under that. Next pull up the rubber boot so it is no longer siting in metal circle. Then crawl under the car and remove the two clips on the selector rod. Now remove the selector rod and rotate the shift lever. Before you put every back together I would put the leather boot and shifter knob loosely on with selector rod installed without clips to see if the slither is where it should be.

petriej 09-10-2012 01:35 PM

That is awesome. Thank you.

B_Rad_M3 09-10-2012 01:46 PM

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Thank you good sir :thumbup:

First pic is neutral, second pic is 2nd gear, which is the exact way yours was...


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