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Old 12-05-2003, 04:35 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Energy Shift bushing

I'm displeased!

Well I bought the Energy Suspension shifter bushing for only $9, and tried to install it last night.
Unfortunately, it soon became obvious that whoever designed this part has probably never seen the underside of an Impreza, and certainly has never tried to install it.

I tried and tried to fit this, but in the end, the bushing was tougher than me - I had to put the stock bushing back in.

The material used by ES is significantly firmer than stock bush, and the fact that ES did not use the radial fins (featured on the stock bush) would also increase the effectiveness of the part - if it were possible it.

The problem could be solved by ES by employing the split bush design used by Cusco and Kartboy.
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Old 12-05-2003, 08:42 PM   #2
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Is it possible to remove the linkage that it goes into? In my integra I had to take the whole linkage out and step on the bushing to get it in. also use a LOT of lithium grease. i agree the split design is better.
www.mrjosh43.com has cheap bushings too, don't know their design though.
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:26 PM   #3
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IMHO the kartboys at 3.5 times the price shipped are still worth it. It's a reputable vendor who stands behind their product. Thousands of people can't be wrong. I've learned the hard way that you always wind up paying as much in the end when you go cheap. So you may as well pay for the `good stuff` up front.

I ordered from kartboy's website and had the goods in my mailbox in 2 days.
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:13 PM   #4
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IMHO the kartboys at 3.5 times the price shipped are still worth it. It's a reputable vendor who stands behind their product. Thousands of people can't be wrong. I've learned the hard way that you always wind up paying as much in the end when you go cheap. So you may as well pay for the `good stuff` up front.

I ordered from kartboy's website and had the goods in my mailbox in 2 days.
thanks sometimes it is worth the extra$$

my advice is take a trip to ES in San Clemente and throw it on their desk
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:32 PM   #5
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I've got a lathe, it just seemed easier to but a bushing than source the correct material - Yes, I was wrong, and if I had to do it again, I'd buy your product Tom.

So this thing ended up being my raw material. I am now the proud owner of 'FRANKENBUSH!"

Oh, and yes, the shifting is much smoother. If only the instructions had read:

STEP 1) Cut this part in half...

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Old 12-08-2003, 10:30 PM   #6
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there is a bright side to this, you're only out ten bucks. It could be a lot worse, a lot lot worse.
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Old 12-09-2003, 03:10 AM   #7
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Put more grease on

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Old 12-12-2003, 09:45 AM   #8
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Hey what exactly do the bushings do? I was looking at the Kartboy short throw do I need to get those too?
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Old 12-12-2003, 10:39 AM   #9
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http://www.allwheelengineering.com/b...y_class=KB-003

This component replaces the stock shifter mount bushings in 1998-2004 model year Subaru vehicles, including Impreza RS, WRX (not the WRX STi, yet)Outback Sport, Legacy, and Forester. While this product will not change the geometry of the shifting mechanism, it eliminates excessive play in the system for a more solid gearchange. This product requires jacking of the car and jackstands are mandatory. Can be installed in 30 min. Material is Black,95A durometer polyurethane. Made in USA.

Kartboy Shifter Bushings
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even better: http://www.allwheelengineering.com/b...ss=KB-002-1997
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Old 12-18-2003, 10:49 AM   #10
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I ordered one of these and then saw this thread. so when I installed it, i cut it in half with a hacksaw and then put it in. took about 40 minutes from the time i put the jack under the car till the time it was finished. It seems to be ok. the shifts are a lot firmer. It was worth the 9 bux to me. . You are right about it being a hell of a lot easier if it were cut already, but you get what you pay for.
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Old 06-09-2005, 11:32 PM   #11
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Installed one today (fat bushing at front of linkage, only). I "sawed" mine in half with a steak knife; reasonably easy, less than two minutes, and came out fairly flat & smooth. Not difficult to install...maybe 15 minutes "back time", and that was taking my time to wipe away loose grit, etc...if I'd tried installing it un-cut...fuhgettaboutit!...glad I researched here. I don't notice any huge difference, however. If someone had done it without my knowledge, I can't say that I'd even notice the difference!

Edit: A couple of days later, and I've gone back in and torqued the retaining nut a few turns...not enough space to get a torque wrench in there; I'd guess I have 2-3 threads projecting beyond the nut now (previously the stud was recessed). The re-torque seems to have given the bushing more influence. Feels like the shift pattern is more well-defined than previously...stick feels more limited in it's motion (particularly left & right "wiggle"), along the shift pattern. No noticeable increase in NVH, but I do have deadening fabric up inside the shift boot area, which quieted things down to start.

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Old 06-14-2005, 10:39 PM   #12
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i cut mine in half... install was a snap!!! love the crisp shifting! i'd reccomend them.... just make sure to slice them first.
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I'm gonna bump this thread instead of making a new one even though it's 5 years old LOL

I just installed my $15 energy shifter bushing in 20 minutes! All I had to do was take a wire brush to the nut and get rust off, slid the cover washer off, pryed the linkage off and used the bolt as a levy to gut the stock bushing out! No screwdriver required or heavy prying, just apply force to the bolt to easily push it out

stock bushing upon inspection was super flimsy, almost like a stress ball haha

i have 130k on my bugeye wrx so this was quite noticeable for me. no more slack, engagement is a lot more rigid and direct; i can bang through the gears and not have that slop between shifts being abosrbed through the stock bushings hold me back that few hundreds of a sec (also has to do with addition of klunk killer kit)

didn't notice any NVH; gearbox feels more defined/unified
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