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Hi everyone. So in my 2016 WRX, the shifter has a slight looseness and can be move back and forth a bit whether in gear or neutral (but zero side to side play). It's about a .5 - 1 inch movement and isn't loose enough to actually move around while the car is in motion. Is this my bushings starting to go or is this normal for '16 wrxs?

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Its normal, the OEM bushing is made out of rubber and it is a common mod where people change it to brass. You can find many videos online regarding Shifter bushing install. I have it installed on mine and it is a very cheap mod. Look for perrin shifter bushing for 2015 WRX.
 

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Hi everyone. So in my 2016 WRX, the shifter has a slight looseness and can be move back and forth a bit whether in gear or neutral (but zero side to side play). It's about a .5 - 1 inch movement and isn't loose enough to actually move around while the car is in motion. Is this my bushings starting to go or is this normal for '16 wrxs?

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The perrin shift stop only helps 1/2 gear side to side play. You'll still experience the up and down movement because of it being a cable based shifter.
 

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2017 WRX here. I installed the Perrin shift stop and bushing about 3 weeks back after driving stock for 1 week. Felt the improved feel in the gearbox. Noticed today about a .5-1" front to back play in the shifter. Same amount of play if I am in neutral or if I am in gear. Left to right/ side to side play remains unchanged since the shift stop install. I am not sure if I've been living with this slight play all along and never noticed or if something from the bushing install came loose/shifter is loosening up as I break the car in. Feels like it should be tighter. Sounds normal from the above replies. Thoughts? Opinions? How much front to back play is in your shifter?
 
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