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Sloppy gear lever manual #1068184 01/18/14 05:15 AM
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4runnernomore Offline OP
Mudrunner
Hi all,

my sporty over the past few weeks has developed a sloppy gear lever. the movement is excessive and my son and I miss gears occasionally (ie change first to fourth instead of second). there is no other issues and the vehicle drives fine it is just missing the gates occasionally and I suspect that a bush has perished or worn out.

Does any one one know if the sporty has a nylon bush in the top of gearbox where the gear lever goes in that can be replaced to fix up the sloppiness like in a Toyota.

appreciate any assistance.

cheers Chris <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />


97 Sporty, snorkel, K&N filter,chipped, ext forks, 40mm Dob Springs, KYB struts, 35mm Jeep TJ Springs, RAV 4 OME shocks, Kaiser Locker 5.38 R&P's, 1&3/8 body lift, 245/75 R16 D674's Sports steering wheel, bullbar, extractors & 2 1/4 exhaust engineered.
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Re: Sloppy gear lever manual [Re: 4runnernomore] #1068185 01/18/14 03:13 PM
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Tommychu Offline
Need a Spot
It's actually a remote mount shifter (because if it was in its natural spot the stick would sit right about where the firewall meets the floor), with a similar linkage to what you see on '90s Mazda FWD transmissions. That means there are 3 different sets of bushings that could be worn out, but 2 of the 3 (the fork at the bottom of the stick, and the ball in the middle) are accessible without opening the trans.
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Re: Sloppy gear lever manual [Re: Tommychu] #1068186 01/19/14 05:16 AM
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4runnernomore Offline OP
Mudrunner
Thanks Tommy Chu.

Is this a stearlership only option or can you go aftermarket?

Cheers, Chris


97 Sporty, snorkel, K&N filter,chipped, ext forks, 40mm Dob Springs, KYB struts, 35mm Jeep TJ Springs, RAV 4 OME shocks, Kaiser Locker 5.38 R&P's, 1&3/8 body lift, 245/75 R16 D674's Sports steering wheel, bullbar, extractors & 2 1/4 exhaust engineered.
Re: Sloppy gear lever manual [Re: 4runnernomore] #1068187 01/20/14 08:53 AM
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Tommychu Offline
Need a Spot
That I'm not sure of. I've never been that far into mine (I'm only 2 weeks into owning this car) but usually for stuff like that it's the stealership, junkyard or get a machine shop to make brass ones cause any bushings in there are going to be nylon.

Re: Sloppy gear lever manual [Re: 4runnernomore] #1068188 01/28/14 12:12 AM
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sidthekid Offline
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had the same problem. the center nylon bushing(holds the ball) had fallen apart made a new one out of delrin that was about a year back and is still better than stock. don't get one from the dealer they will be sloppy new and wont last long.


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Re: Sloppy gear lever manual [Re: sidthekid] #1068189 03/15/14 03:06 PM
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4runnernomore Offline OP
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Well, the gear lever is like new. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

Fitted up the new bushes on the pin, their wasn't much left of the existing ones, no wonder changing gears was so bad.

Had a look at the spherical ball bush and it has signs of cracking so that could be the next project..

Whilst the a Sporty was pulled apart I fitted up my leather shifter boots as the original venal ones were looking a bit shabby and had started to tear.

looks a million bucks and that leather smell <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

gotta love the Sportage, first time I had pulled the center console apart and I was impressed to find all the noise suppressant foam underneath. The Koreans really went to town on this and it is very neat.

Will put up some photos when I down load them off the phone.

cheers, Chris <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />


97 Sporty, snorkel, K&N filter,chipped, ext forks, 40mm Dob Springs, KYB struts, 35mm Jeep TJ Springs, RAV 4 OME shocks, Kaiser Locker 5.38 R&P's, 1&3/8 body lift, 245/75 R16 D674's Sports steering wheel, bullbar, extractors & 2 1/4 exhaust engineered.
Re: Sloppy gear lever manual [Re: 4runnernomore] #1068190 03/15/14 10:34 PM
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Tommychu Offline
Need a Spot
Yeah they sure did go nuts with that foam. The quarter panels are full of the stuff too and I'd be willing to bet they found a bunch of other places to stuff it as well.
Did you end up sourcing those from the dealer or did you find someone else? I put an Eaton Fuller shift knob on mine and the extra length is really amplifying the severity of my bushing play.

Edit: since I already up'd the picture and it's hilarious I might as well post it.
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Re: Sloppy gear lever manual [Re: Tommychu] #1068191 03/16/14 01:24 AM
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4runnernomore Offline OP
Mudrunner
Just used the factory bushes.


97 Sporty, snorkel, K&N filter,chipped, ext forks, 40mm Dob Springs, KYB struts, 35mm Jeep TJ Springs, RAV 4 OME shocks, Kaiser Locker 5.38 R&P's, 1&3/8 body lift, 245/75 R16 D674's Sports steering wheel, bullbar, extractors & 2 1/4 exhaust engineered.
Re: Sloppy gear lever manual [Re: 4runnernomore] #1068192 03/28/14 10:16 AM
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4runnernomore Offline OP
Mudrunner
Finally some photos,

All the soundproofing
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Where the offending bushes are situated.

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Gear lever removed

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Doesn't look pretty in there
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All that remained

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New bushes fitted

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That's better
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MMMM leather

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All finished just like a bought one <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

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Cheers, Chris. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />


97 Sporty, snorkel, K&N filter,chipped, ext forks, 40mm Dob Springs, KYB struts, 35mm Jeep TJ Springs, RAV 4 OME shocks, Kaiser Locker 5.38 R&P's, 1&3/8 body lift, 245/75 R16 D674's Sports steering wheel, bullbar, extractors & 2 1/4 exhaust engineered.

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