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Old 06-06-2003, 04:11 PM   #1
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Default Need help: Shot shift lever on 95 Outback

I have a 1995 Legacy Outback 5-speed, and my shift lever is pretty much toast. There is no feel when engaging the gears, and when the car is in gear, the shift lever still moves around. I looked into a short-shift kit, but the kartboy doesn't work in the 1995 year. Any ideas on a good short-shift kit for my car, or otherwise, what part do i need to fix the stock shift lever?
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Old 06-06-2003, 04:55 PM   #2
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How about a set of KartBoy or Cusco hardened shift bushings? Sounds like your stockers are shot. From experience I prefer the stock shifter, a sandwich of steel with rubber isolation to eliminate rattle and noise transfer. The bushings are an easy mod, just get the car up, and let the exhaust cool B4 trying it. I returned my Cobb shifter, but kept the bushings.

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Old 06-06-2003, 07:17 PM   #3
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Did you try asking Tom at Kartboy about the 2.5RS shifter? That's the one I have in my '97 Outback, and I don't think they would have changed b/w '95 and '97 since they're both BGs. And yes, change shifter and bushings. The Kartboy is remarkable, makes the stock shifter feel like a stick of taffy. No more missed shifts, reluctance to engage, etc.
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Old 06-06-2003, 09:57 PM   #4
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I just installed an Sti style shifter on MY01 Legacy. I believe it would fit yours, but not sure. Going for $300CAD, not sure what that is these days in USD. Anyways, it is very solid and feels great. It is not just a lever it is the whole mechanism. PM me for more details.
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Old 06-09-2003, 02:10 AM   #5
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Agree with Nuburu2, sounds like your linkage bushings are shot. I use the STI Group N bushings (from Dale Teague) which are very stiff and linear. Others are using the Kartboy and Cusco bushings with equal success. Very easy to install and tightens up the whole shift linkage.

WRT installing a short shifter, Kartboy's link from Teague's page indicates that Tom's short shifter works with the 95-2001 Legacy vehicles so it should work for yours.

It's possible that your pivot ball (believe it's nylon) at the bottom of your shifter itself may be worn but that would be atypical for this application. Before I'd change out the shifter, I'd 1) check to make sure the linkage bushings are in good shape (firm and round with vertical shoulders not mushy, degraded or crushed, rounded shoulders) and if those are in good shape then 2) pull the shifter and check the pivot ball and the pivot ball seat for wear and/or fractures. Again, this would be uncommon but it can happen. As Nuburu2 mentioned, jack up your car and set it on jack stands or drive it up some car ramps, let the car cool down. Here's a good link for the bushings changeout. Let us know how it all comes out.

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Old 06-09-2003, 02:07 PM   #6
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thanks for all the info. i emailed teague's auto back in march, and he confirmed that the kartboy would not work in a 95 legacy, but the situation may have changed since then. will definitely look into it since i'd ideally like to also change the shift lever/throw...way too tall/long.

if that still isn't an option, i'll ask about the bushings. driving my car is a chore now cause i have to hunt for the gears. it's like a shot in the dark trying to get it into 3rd.
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Old 06-09-2003, 09:56 PM   #7
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This sounds more like the linkage bushings then it does the lever ball and seat. If you can't "slot" your shifts because there is too much lateral potential between shift points, then I'd feel reasonably certain that the linkage bushings would tighten it all back up the way it's supposed to be, everything else in working order that is.

Also, check out the B&M (I believe) short shifter that Dale Teague has available. It may be a bit pricey but I believe that will work with your Legacy... and Dale has a couple of other alternatives to choose from too.

Check with Tom at Kartboy.com to see if he has any additional info that could help you.

Good luck and keep us posted

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