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pierce
09-16-2006, 06:35 PM
Well, for the first 6 hours or so, my short shifter was fine...the throws were great and not hard to shift. I got into my car tonight and it felt like pulling a 10lb lever everytime I wanted to shift!

Any ideas? It basically went from great shifting, to REALLY hard shifting in less than 3 drives.

LateraLex
09-16-2006, 06:38 PM
Same thing happened to me. Lift up the boot and spray some white lithium grease on the shifter ball.

pierce
09-16-2006, 07:02 PM
That's exactly what I figured it was. No lube or grease. Will WD-40 work, or what product do you actually recommend?

Poopie
09-16-2006, 09:57 PM
white lithium grease is fantastic. Very slick stuff. You can get it at home depot. wd40 will worK i guess. like me and my friends like to say "a lil squirt never hurt"

tkarwin
09-16-2006, 10:12 PM
Was it a lot colder when you drove it at night? When the tranny fluid is cold it will be quite a bit hard to shift with a SS kit installed.

CaSp3r9
09-16-2006, 10:21 PM
Ted, I can't even handle your sig.

tkarwin
09-16-2006, 10:22 PM
Originally posted by CaSp3r9
Ted, I can't even handle your sig.
I totally forgot about it, and then with this whole crash thing it just appeared!

salz2135
09-17-2006, 12:21 AM
ted can you make me a sig like your's? I'm not very good with that photoshop thing. Looks like you've got some skills.

RudeBwoi
09-17-2006, 02:38 AM
mayb those two adjuster bolts loosened up in your shift linkage

BarryT82
09-17-2006, 02:42 AM
Use the white lithium grease. The WD-40 won't last long. I use it on the door hinges in my house when they squeek, but after about a month they squeek again.

94jedi
09-17-2006, 04:48 AM
The lithium grease is best, WD-40 supposedly attracts dust/dirt.

pierce
09-17-2006, 07:51 AM
Well, it seems as though it's not as simple as that.

Now it is VERY VERY difficult just to get it in gear. I have to put almost all of my effort to get it completely in gear, or else it begins to make a grinding sound. Do you guys know what this could be?

It just gets worse and worse everytime I try to shift...so I have stopped driving it and testing it.

LateraLex
09-17-2006, 08:56 AM
Why don't you just do what I said?

pierce
09-17-2006, 10:46 AM
I did do what you said. It obviously is not a greasing problem. I lifted up the boot and greased the hell out of the ball socket on the ss, but it is just getting stiffer and stiffer.

LateraLex
09-17-2006, 10:52 AM
That's odd. Is the housing loose at all? As it's just a simple thing I'm hoping it's not related to your transmission.

pierce
09-17-2006, 11:32 AM
Can you think of any reason it would be getting harder and harder to shift. I'm going to try and drive to home depot to pick up some white lithium grease. Maybe that will help . If not, I'll report back.

pierce
09-17-2006, 12:04 PM
No luck with the white lithium. This thing has zero give now. I've missed gears because it's so hard to put in. I guess I'll take it into the shop tomorrow because I am dumbfounded.

94jedi
09-17-2006, 12:07 PM
Have you taken it all apart and tried to figure out what's going on?

LateraLex
09-17-2006, 12:22 PM
I would take the whole assembly out and see where the resistance is. It could only be the ball joint (likely) or the transmission linkage (hopefully not.)

pierce
09-17-2006, 12:51 PM
i had it installed when the shop diagnosed/fixed my DV, so i have never installed one of these. what is my next step after taking the boot off?

LateraLex
09-17-2006, 01:59 PM
http://www.innovativeperformanceproducts.com/B5_Shifter_installation.htm

It's not hard to do but if you don't have the right tools it can be a pain to get the screws out.

BranCKY3
09-17-2006, 05:32 PM
Originally posted by pierce
i had it installed when the shop diagnosed/fixed my DV, so i have never installed one of these. what is my next step after taking the boot off?

Why not take it back and tell them to fix their ish

pierce
09-17-2006, 07:10 PM
Originally posted by BranCKY3
Why not take it back and tell them to fix their ish

that is what i plan on doing. i figured if it was just lubricant, i'd do it myself...but it is obviously more serious and i am just going to let them take care of it.

1 ate T
09-18-2006, 05:45 AM
take it to them and tell them they did something wrong.

while it's not hard to change.. you should try the people who put it in since they didnt do it right. go b slap them

pierce
09-18-2006, 02:09 PM
Problem fixed.

The guy said that the nut between the two forks in the short shifter was somehow getting tightened everytime I shifted a throw, which explains why it wasn't immediate. He bent out the forks (spread 'em) so that the nut wouldn't tighten and it feels great.

[drive] on.

LateraLex
09-18-2006, 02:42 PM
First time I've heard that bent nuts feel great.

murph013
09-18-2006, 03:11 PM
Originally posted by LateraLex
First time I've heard that bent nuts feel great.

Naw, man, they bent the forks so now his nuts aren't getting tightened and his nuts are free and loose.

pierce
09-18-2006, 04:39 PM
Originally posted by murph013
Naw, man, they bent the forks so now his nuts aren't getting tightened and his nuts are free and loose.

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The nuts aren't free and loose to the point where it is bad/probelmatic but now they are not being tightened as I shift. It was a problem with the SS fork. Nothing is bent or out of shape.