Yes, you are right...it would be more like a cylindrical bushing. I just like the fact that it has ball bearings and it's an all-metal design. Allot more sturdy.Originally Posted by Matrix 1193
Getting to the design issue, if the snap ring and o-ring are not seating on the plastic cup correctly, make sure the shifter ball is forced down in the cup when attempting to replace the rings. I didn't do this the first time and the ring wasn't seated right. The cup likes to go upward so it must be forced down. It may take 2 people (one in the car pushing down on the shifter and one underneath replacing the snap ring. I also had to use 45 degree snap ring pliers to get around the exhaust. Then just have the person inside do a few hard shifts and inspect the seating of the ring.
After my ring popped off the first time, I had to replace the plastic cup becuase it chiseled off some of the plastic in the process - enough to make it pop off again had it been seated right. That may have been your problem the second time around. The grooves the rings fit into are not very deep. I don't think the plastic cup/snap ring design is very smart by Subaru anyhow.
As for my experience with the shifter, I have a B&M ripper shifter in my Mustang and it is also very good quality. I have taken both though hard shifts time and again and they always feels rock solid.