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Old 07-31-2014, 07:07 AM
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Transmission linkage bushing. Found a cheap replacement at Lowes!

Since I've owned my jeep I've had problems with loose shift linkage. The shift indicator was more a less a suggestion. So I crawled under today and found some pretty sorry busted up bushings on each end of the bell crank shaft. I had heard you could get these in the Help section at the big parts stores, but I didn't have any luck. So I went to Lowes. In the hardware section they had a selection of nylon bushings. I chose the ones pictured. I had to grind down the outside about 1/16", then tap them into the bracket/keeper with a hammer. The inside diameter is perfect. It went back together perfectly, and works great. No slack at all. Shifts easy and clean. It just took a couple hours including parts runs and test fitting. Total cost $1.58 + tax and gas. Its the easiest, most instantly gratifying thing I've done to the Jeep so far. I hope this can help someone who is having the same problem.


You can see the broken bushing and how loose the shaft is in the bracket.




Here are the old bushings. They are about 1/8" thicker than the replacements, but the replacements are solid nylon. I think they will hold up.

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Here is the part number and specs. They came 2 in a pack for $1.58!! No ordering and waiting, no shipping. Just awesomeness.



Here is one in the bracket/keeper. I had to tap it pretty hard with a hammer to get it to go in. It fits snugly and has no play. Looks factory.


Here they both are assembled in their brackets and ready to go in.
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:52 AM
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Good job Todd! Good to know.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:52 AM
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Looks good and great info to have.
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:00 PM
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Put a little grease on the rods and they will hold up a little better, and won't wear as fast.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:16 PM
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Brilliant. This should be in the archive section.

Edit: Congratulations, you made the Tech Archives.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:53 PM
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Brilliant. This should be in the archive section.

Edit: Congratulations, you made the Tech Archives.

Oh my, I think I'm blushing...This is an honor I'll remember for as long as I can....
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:02 PM
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Oh my, I think I'm blushing...This is an honor I'll remember for as long as I can....

It really is a big deal.

You might want to change your signature to reflect the fact that you're a ARCHIVE CONTRIBUTOR. Big Rep stuff there.
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:00 PM
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Im not worthy! (Cue Bill and Ted)
I just got lucky in finding just the right bushing.
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Certainly not Priss worthy
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:30 PM
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Maybe not prissy, but a good working man's solution. (Pats him on back and hands him a cold one.)
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:31 PM
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Certainly not Priss worthy

So true. To do that I would have had to sandblast the parts, run them through an autoclave, then have them gold plated. On my jeep, that would have looked like pearls on a pig. Besides, my gold plating machine is on the fritz.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:11 AM
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Excellent! my favorite type of fix. Creative and inexpensive
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:28 AM
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Same problem with my 88 - heading off to Lowes now. Great post!
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