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    2004 WRX 5MT Sloppy Shifter

    No this is not another post about a car that needs shifter bushings.

    As you can see in the pictures below, I already upgraded my bushings.




    I also got the Kartboy short shifter while I was doing everything



    Now that I have all the new stuff installed, I will admit the shifts are more crisp and feels more solid. But my shifte still has this wobble. I can wiggle my shifter about 1 inch left or right (in gear or not, doesn't matter) and I can wiggle the shifter forward and back about half an inch (in gear or not, doesn't matter). This problem happened before the new bushings, I bought the new bushing in hopes to stop the wiggly shifter (lol... I used the word wiggly) but the problem persists. It just doesn't feel solid like I'd like it to. Is this a common thing? My WRX has the original transmission. 134k miles on the clock. Shifts well. New bushings helped, but still wiggles.

    I went under my car and had someone wiggle the shifter for me while I inspect what is loose. The wiggle seems to be coming form here circled in red



    I've searched Google for replacement bushings or fittings for this area of the shifter, but I can't seem to find them. I've never driven another WRX before, so I don't know whether or not this is normal. Is this something to worry about? Can / should I try to fix this?

    All help is appreciated! Thanks in advanced!

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    I can't see the pics from the computer I am on (blocked by work), but have you replaced the linkage and pivot bushings? (I think the linkage on your year, the whole linkage unit gets replaced). I know that made a huge difference in side to side slop when I did mine (and I had done the shifter stay bushings prior to this with still significant side to side slop).
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    The lever pivot bushings (the bushings inside the vehicle) are fine, I wiggled the shifter without the boot on and didn't see them giving in or wiggling. It's definitely in the linkage. If you're able to see the pic, that's exactly where it's wiggling.

    TiC (tunersinconcept) makes this linkage. It's $80 though.

    TiC 5MT Linkage Update - Driveline

    I'm wondering if I should just buy a whole new OEM assembly or buy TiC's product instead. How much are OEM new or lightly used assemblies going for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterNBG View Post
    The lever pivot bushings (the bushings inside the vehicle) are fine, I wiggled the shifter without the boot on and didn't see them giving in or wiggling. It's definitely in the linkage. If you're able to see the pic, that's exactly where it's wiggling.

    TiC (tunersinconcept) makes this linkage. It's $80 though.

    TiC 5MT Linkage Update - Driveline

    I'm wondering if I should just buy a whole new OEM assembly or buy TiC's product instead. How much are OEM new or lightly used assemblies going for?
    Not sure on the OEM assemblies, but the TIC one would be my recommendation. I had significant play in my shifter from day one. The TIC bushings really made a huge difference. If you are going in there, I would do the Pivot bushings as well. They are cheap and really finish up the overall feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi View Post
    Not sure on the OEM assemblies, but the TIC one would be my recommendation. I had significant play in my shifter from day one. The TIC bushings really made a huge difference. If you are going in there, I would do the Pivot bushings as well. They are cheap and really finish up the overall feel.
    Okay, I have a question for you. How much of a PITA was it to do the swap? Doing these bushings were a pain, but do-able. This look like I'd have to remove the entire assembly. & with the driveshaft and exhaust in the way, doesn't seem like too much fun lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterNBG View Post
    Okay, I have a question for you. How much of a PITA was it to do the swap? Doing these bushings were a pain, but do-able. This look like I'd have to remove the entire assembly. & with the driveshaft and exhaust in the way, doesn't seem like too much fun lol.
    I will be honest, it wasn't exactly a slap on and go install. I did take the exhaust heat shield off, and was able to access the assembly (keep in mind I only did the bushings on my year, your year needs the whole assembly). This worked for all the bushings...however, when I went to take the assembly out to replace the linkage bushings, the cross bolt holding it in would not come out. So I had to drop the transmission slightly to get the bolt to be able to come out. Not too bad of a procedure though, and a good time to do a transmission mount if that is in the future plans I will say that the linkage bushings (or in your case the assembly) was definitely worth it in my opinion.

    I referenced these instructions when doing the install...http://turninconcepts.com/install_fo....php?f=42&t=19

    There is probably a similar set of instructions for the 04 wrx.
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    Okay, Thanks for the info! I'll have to do this soon I guess, hope it goes smooth lol

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