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    **Edited for clarity**

    I was planning this go the route of heim joints and modifying the arms to remove the balls and use bolts rather than spend $230 on the shifter assembly but my transmission started slipping out of third gear so I decided to avoid Chrysler of Canada denying a warranty repair on the grounds that I put an aftermarket part onto the tranny. Here's some pics of the pathetic bushings:





    Seriously. This is completely unacceptable. I also think that installation was to blame, after removing it from the ball joint, the bushing housing's relaxed position was 90-degrees to what it should be, which is to say the bushing should have been threaded an extra 90-degrees on the rod. This put an inordinate amount of stress on the rubber and once it heated/cooled a few times in that spot it finally sh!t the bed. God I can't wait to sell this car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mecheng View Post
    My transmission started slipping out of third gear so I decided to avoid Chrysler of Canada denying a warranty repair on the grounds that I put an aftermarket part onto the tranny. Here's some pics of the pathetic bushings:





    Seriously. This is completely unacceptable. I also think that installation was to blame, after removing it from the ball joint, the bushing housing's relaxed position was 90-degrees to what it should be, which is to say the bushing should have been threaded an extra 90-degrees on the rod. This put an inordinate amount of stress on the rubber and once it heated/cooled a few times in that spot it finally sh!t the bed. God I can't wait to sell this car.
    You installed an aftermarket Shifter/ ****ty adapter and you knew that FCA wouldn't repair the car under warranty... way to go!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddySRT View Post
    You installed an aftermarket Shifter/ ****ty adapter and you knew that FCA wouldn't repair the car under warranty... way to go!!!
    I see now that my original post was unclear. I was contemplating buying heim joints and modifying the arms to remove the balls and use bolts instead (much cheaper than buying the whole shift linkage assembly for two bushings); however, before I could get to doing it the tranny started slipping. Obviously if I went with the modified linkage and brought the car in for repair they could have cited that adjustment as grounds to deny the claim. So instead I bit the bullet and bought the whole linkage.

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    I shot a home video of changing one of the hyme joint bushings. Here is the link:

    https://youtu.be/kKP2DD047Qc


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    And what annoys me most is the fact that the replacement bushing I got isn't even the updated part with the new green over-moulding on the smaller of the two bushings as seen in the above video. Balls.

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    It's normal for shift cables to generate a small amount of twist after some usage. The cables are twisted steel, so after some tension over time, the 'stretch' shows itself as 'twist'. For non threaded cable ends (automatics, typically), we recommend replacing the cable if there's more than 45 of twist. This isn't the case with threaded ends which can be adjusted for.
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    So by this logic we (or the dealership) are expected to inspect and adjust these bushings periodically? Seems unnecessarily labor intensive...

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    No, that wasn't the argument I was making. The OEM bushings fail even on vehicles without cable twist. During service with our repair kit, adjust it out, where possible. No big deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loring View Post
    No, that wasn't the argument I was making. The OEM bushings fail even on vehicles without cable twist. During service with our repair kit, adjust it out, where possible. No big deal.
    Did you guys ever release the revised Manual Trans Abarth bushing you were talking about? I seem to remember there was a problem with the initial design and you had to redo it, delaying availability.
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    Hi, I'm in dire and ugent need to have the bushing replaced. I see on your website that the FM1 has been made unavailable, can you still sell one? Thank you very much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loring View Post
    No, that wasn't the argument I was making. The OEM bushings fail even on vehicles without cable twist. During service with our repair kit, adjust it out, where possible. No big deal.

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