A Vast Improvement In Feel and Confidence
April 30, 2012
I would install this bushing even if I did not replace the shifter. I already installed the SR short throw shifter, but this modification actually had more overall impact on driveability. I installed the high durometer bushing (the black one). The result is a very solid shifting motion with greatly enhanced feedback from the transmission and the gears. The "click-click" sound as you move through the gears is quite noticeable, especially at lower speeds - but I like the knowledge and confidence of hearing/feeling exactly what is going on in the MT-82 as I run through the gears. The sound does take a little getting used to if you have been driving with the stock setup for a while. Now, that vague, mushy feeling from the shifter is gone and no more missed shifts. I do not notice any appreciable increase in noise being transmitted throught the shifter once you are through the gears and cruising - only while actually shifting do you hear the increased sound/noise. I am not experiencing any noticeable increase in general vibration through the shifter from the firm bushing as some have said. My car is a daily driver.
Installation is straightforward, although be forewarned that if using the black, high durometer bushing, you have to slip it over the tail housing first (it has a slit in it to open it up) and then slip/force the bracket over the bushing. The black bushing is too hard to slip over the tail housing already assembled with the bracket. Getting the bracket over the bushing will take some twisting and coaxing. I used a very long, wide screwdriver, with the bushing/bracket twisted a bit to one side, and then pushed first one side, then the other until the bracket slid up some onto the bushing before I could get the holes over the studs, then I turned the nuts a litle at a time on each side to get the bracket fully slid over the bushing and seated. I used the grease provided, but it is very heavy/sticky. Lighter grease might help. Don't over tighten the nuts as you will break out the studs. Bottom line is that the instructions could be more helpful by giving additional detail and tips. Total time was about an hour including putting the front end up on two jack stands.
My complete shifter upgrade is the SR Short Throw, the Steeda Black Urethane Bushing and Bracket, and a Black Ball Shifter Knob. The combination of the three together has made a huge improvement in driving feel and overall enjoyment of the MT-82. Even though the bushing/bracket cost 2/3 of the price of the shifter, so I think the price is a bit high, the overall effect of the three mods together was worth it to me.