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    04 WRX Short Shifter Bushings Install

    This weekend was a failure for me when I tried to install my Energy Short Shifter Bushings on my '04 WRX. First, the space is so minimal to take off the linkages within the drive-shaft tunnel that I doubted how people remove the bushings to begin. Also, after installing the short shifter, I felt that I might be able to access the linkage through the top.

    My question is whether anyone has tried to remove and install their shifter bushings through the interior method (i.e. removing the shifter boot assembly)? Just a thought, but figured it would cure my curiosity before I tear up my hands below the car.

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    If feasible (which I doubt), it would be more difficult than just getting the vehicle in the air.
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    I've done 4 different shifters on 02-07 WRXs. I'm at the point where I can do one in under an hour... including the 3 different bushings.

    I'm not sure which bushing you're referring to... but there are 3

    1) The small circular bushing that sits inside the actual shifter.
    2) The front bushing, large circular that attaches to the side of the transmission
    3) The rear bushing, that attaches to the floorboard behind the shifter, above the driveshaft.

    1 - You can (and have to) get to from inside the car.

    2+3 - must be accessed from under the vehicle. There is no way to get to them from inside the car.

    My advice - do the ones under the car first. If you're shifter is still connected to the linkage, it will make it significantly more difficult to remove the stock F+R bushings underneath.

    The front bushing - is held on by 1 10mm (if I recall) nut. The OEM one is a 1-piece design, and a PITA to remove from the circular housing. Use a razor blade to slice off one side of it, and the rest of it will slide out the other side pretty easily. If you are still having trouble... try using a long (disposable) screwdriver to pry it out... you might bend it.

    The rear bushing..... is difficult to get to.... more difficult if your car has been lowered, as it sits right on top of the driveshaft. Be patient.... it just takes a bit of determination. If your shifter is still connected inside the car, you may not be able to get the old one off. It is held on by 2 bolts... 12mm if I recall.

    Hope this helps

    1. disconnect the shifter from the shift linkage
    2. change the bushings under the car (grease everything)
    3. reattach (or replace) the shifter
    Last edited by ninefourteener; 10-26-2010 at 07:10 AM.
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