Normal shifter slop?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:43 pm
Checking things out on my new Gen2 that I just brought home. It’s been 10 years since I drove one.

When I put the car in each gear, the shifter still can move left / right.

Is this normal? All of the links seem nice and tight.
SRF #852 Gen2 (current) - just purchased 4/18 - still getting things sorted

SRF #835 Gen2 (previous) - owned 2002 - 2003

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:31 pm
There's some. Id guess half an inch in gear and a couple inches in neutral.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:35 pm
I just recently put some effort into taking the slop out of mine: Replaced the U-joint, (already had the apex helicopter joint in the back), used bolts and nylocks rather than roll pins at the joints, worked on the fit of the bushing to the shift rod in the front. That work probably reduced the slop by 60%.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:58 pm
Oh, wow, then something is amiss with mine. When in gear, I can move the shifter all the way left and right (same movement as in neutral).
SRF #852 Gen2 (current) - just purchased 4/18 - still getting things sorted

SRF #835 Gen2 (previous) - owned 2002 - 2003

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:09 pm
What's the serial number on the transmission case above the starter? It sounds almost like you have either two really worn u-joints, or someone forgot to put the ball and spring in the internal detent for the
transmission shifter control.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 7:37 pm
I think do what Steve suggests, especially with a 1.9. I know its tradition for drivers to blame their tools, but I've been shifting things since the mid-60's and and toasted a very new Gen 3 motor with random gear selection on a brand new gearbox rebuild. Post surgery said box fine; its the linkage that's wonky even at its most "precise".

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