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Old 10-04-2012, 03:24 PM   #16
lemming
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Location: Duvall, WA
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02 WRX (STi swap)
06 FXT, 03 Rustang V6T

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I actually have a similar problem my FXT, where sometimes 1st or 2nd will "stick." I suspect that those cars have particular problems with this sort of thing because the stock engine/trans mounts are soft and the whole driveline mounts a bit lower in relation to the body, so the angles in the shift linkage are even more severe. So, when the engine and transmission twist around during a hard launch or hard acceleration in the lower gears, things are even more likely to stick and bind.

So far, I've tried replacing various linkage and stay bushings with poly (and making sure to lube the bushings well). It's helped a little, but I think I'll try putting stiffer mounts in next to see whether that gets rid of the rest of it. Twisting and binding in the shifter stay and shift linkage should only happen if the engine and trans are moving in relation to the body, after all...
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