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Shift Synchro or Shift linkage/bushing issue?


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#1 gadberry

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 06:26 PM

'81 wagon with dual range 4 speed (4" lift installed)

Was out in our Uber-rare spring-time 13" snow yesterday and was having
a blast, but I've noticed that it's getting more and more difficult to shift
into 1st and/or 2nd when the tranny is cold.. It's better once it warms
but it seems it's in a slight bind/torque occassionally and that I"m not able
to get enough "throw to the left" to find 1st or 2nd. If I can get it rolling
in 3rd (low range), then I'm able to work it into first.

I'm fairly certain that additional mods to the stick-shift extension is in order
here, but I wanted to check w/the gang to make sure it's not something else,
common in these cars..

I'll also re-double-check all nuts/bolts installed during the lift, just to make
sure I don't have any issues with the "cinder blocks under this house trailer". Oh, and have a look at the shift connection at the tranny, of course.

It's been a little stubborn to shift into 1st and 2nd in the past, but mainly while in 4wd before it had warmed up a bit..

anything else to check?

best regards,
gadberry

#2 hatchsub

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:05 PM

I had a similar thing happen to my car awhile back and it ended up being shifter bushings. Out of 4 bushings i had 1/2 lol. It made it very hard to find 1st and 2nd and almost impossible to find 5th (2wd). I would get under the car and find out whats going on. Also check your role pins. They could be worn out and warrant the GD patent pending fix :D.

Edited by hatchsub, 22 March 2010 - 07:09 PM.


#3 asis

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 09:28 PM

I had a similar thing happen to my car awhile back and it ended up being shifter bushings. Out of 4 bushings i had 1/2 lol. It made it very hard to find 1st and 2nd and almost impossible to find 5th (2wd). I would get under the car and find out whats going on. Also check your role pins. They could be worn out and warrant the GD patent pending fix :D.



10-4 on that :lol: Awaiting schedule compliance for a personal tootalage doing mine...only get 3rd about 75% of the time :mad:

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 10:59 PM

You sure the clutch is releaseing completely? - if it's dragging it could make it hard to get into gears.

Otherwise - you probably need to redo the whole linkage.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 10:54 AM

GD,

thanks for the tip, I replaced the clutch cable last fall, so
after a quick adjustment of the clutch, it shifts better!

Still alittle hard to hit 2nd on a downshift but I haven't driven it
too much since the adjustment. I'll have to try it in 4wd, but it's
much better, and I'm thankful for your help.

I'm sure I'll need to replace bushings at some point,
but I only have 144k on the clock ;)

cheers

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 11:06 AM

Make sure that you routed the cable under the steering shaft and the heater core hoses or it will wear out prematurely.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 01:04 PM

Yep, I followed the advice of others on the board when installing, plus I've
got a OEM spare in the car.

I've got a waterpump with a growl and a new brake m/c to install
soon so I'll be a USMB regular again, soon.

Cheers




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