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Old 09-08-2006, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default COBB shifter bushing review

I'll try to keep this short and sweet as usual.

Install instructions were actually incorrect. You need a FOURTEEN mm wrench AND a 12. You need to no only remove the 14mm bolt, but also the 3 12 mm bolts for the bracket holding the stabilizer bar in. the 14mm (it's actually an 8mm bolt with 14mm socket head) is too long and there is not enough room to remove it since it hits the "tunnel."

Bushings do as they say they do... less slop and easier to find each gear... worth the $35. Two thumbs up.

While I was down there, I saw 2 other small rubber bushings for the actual shifter. Does anybody make replacement bushings for those?

Also saw an odd shaped bushing towards the back of the car to keep the stabilizer bar in place somewhat... my Honda had one of these but it didn't look like it really did much so I removed it... anybody try removing this piece? I may experiment with it when I'm down there to do the downpipe.
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:27 PM   #2
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Did you install 1 or 2? Where did you buy them from?
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:30 PM   #3
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Did you install 1 or 2? Where did you buy them from?

1 or 2??? You need both "halves" to make it work. Bought from Modern Garage in Utah.. they are right by COBB. Check out cobbtuning.com. They have a pic of it.
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:34 PM   #4
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1 or 2??? You need both "halves" to make it work. Bought from Modern Garage in Utah.. they are right by COBB. Check out cobbtuning.com. They have a pic of it.
That's why I asked.
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:19 AM   #5
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^^ they sell them pair
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Old 09-09-2006, 02:35 AM   #6
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While I was down there, I saw 2 other small rubber bushings for the actual shifter. Does anybody make replacement bushings for those?

Also saw an odd shaped bushing towards the back of the car to keep the stabilizer bar in place somewhat... my Honda had one of these but it didn't look like it really did much so I removed it... anybody try removing this piece? I may experiment with it when I'm down there to do the downpipe.
I'm pretty sure you are refering to the pivot bushing and rear shifter stay. Turn-in Concepts (TiC) makes a poly bushing for the pivot point in the shifter, and kartboy makes a poly rear shifter bushing for the rear shifter stay. It just so happens, I have both these bushings ready to go into the car. polepositionproducts.com is a canadian vendor that sells the TiC and KB stuff - have a look there.
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Old 09-09-2006, 03:23 AM   #7
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That's why I asked.
You can't just install 1 half. the stock bushing is 1 piece, but the COBB is 2 piece... get it! Great mod for $35.
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Old 09-09-2006, 03:25 AM   #8
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I'm pretty sure you are refering to the pivot bushing and rear shifter stay. Turn-in Concepts (TiC) makes a poly bushing for the pivot point in the shifter, and kartboy makes a poly rear shifter bushing for the rear shifter stay. It just so happens, I have both these bushings ready to go into the car. polepositionproducts.com is a canadian vendor that sells the TiC and KB stuff - have a look there.
Let me know how u like them once they go in... the COBB bushing improved things a lot, but there is still a BIT of slop I feel can be removed with the pivot bushings...
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Old 09-09-2006, 05:07 AM   #9
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Let me know how u like them once they go in... the COBB bushing improved things a lot, but there is still a BIT of slop I feel can be removed with the pivot bushings...
You'll never get rid of all the slop, it's just not possible with the way the linkages are. That's what I really like with my mustang, instead of the shifter connecting to 18 inches of linkages, it attaches directly to the transmission and reaches down to a very short linkage that directly connects with the shift forks. So when I put the shifter in the stang, it didn't just reduce the slop, it completely got rid of it because there is so much less distance between the shift knob and the forks. It feels like a gated shifter, and it's sprung so hard that when you are in 2nd, you just have to push forward to get to 3rd gear, the shifter is automatically pulled into the centre. In fact, the occasions when I try to "find" a gear instead of just pushing the shifter forward are when I usually mis-shift at the track.

But getting back to the subject, you just can't do that with a subaru. You'd have to pull apart the transmission to get the linkages sprung stiffer, and even then who really knows if it would work because the linkages are so long. I guess what I'm trying to say is, every bushing will help some, but you will never remove all the slop due to the way everything is designed.
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:39 PM   #10
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Update - I may have been wrong with my last couple posts...

I was browsing through Nasioc and stumbled upon the TiC vendor interview where they mention the first part they ever made in house, the STi shift linkage bushings. The STi's come equipped with an updated shift linkage in the 6MT that makes replacing these bushings substantially easier then on 5MT models. These shift linkage bushings take care of some of the left-right slop in the shifter. If I had an sti, I would seriously consider getting these (and by seriously, I mean pull out the credit card and pick up the phone).

02wrx88 - In your case, I would say the TiC STi Rear Clicky kit may be just the ticket to clean up the remaining shifter slop in you sti.
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:41 PM   #11
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Oh, and I forgot to mention, TiC will be working on an updated linkage for us 5MT guys next. I can hardly wait.
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Old 09-12-2006, 06:06 PM   #12
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Those guys at TIC are hilarious with their names for the kits... makes me wanna buy just because they made me laugh. lol
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Old 09-12-2006, 06:24 PM   #13
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Yeah, I just bought the "klunk killer" kit today
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