Originally Posted by V8 GTFO Lesbic WGN
I have no issues either as long as I am shifting normally, OP states on #1 "more or less launching" this is when problem arises, high rpm quick launch, the mount grabs the shifter rod tightly causing 2nd gear to bind. During normal shifting the shifter rod slides/pivots in the mount cavity without a problem as it is easier to overcome friction during a slow controlled shift.
I will try to backup this info with video.
YOU beat the snot outta the car at the race track for a month before you had any issue
the bushing is stationary....the rest of the linkage is NOT
YOU have/had another issue....that rear bushing had nothing to do with the issue...but your ****ing with it DID