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Old 05-21-2018, 09:09 AM   #1
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Default Brass linkage bushing or OEM?

The u-joint on my shift linkage is shot, like 1st gear I can move it side-to-side as if it was in neutral. I was looking at OEM ones on eBay and noticed they have brass inserts available instead(I think TIC used to offer them?). If anyone has use them, would that be a worthwhile upgrade or just go with OEM ones?

I apologize if this has been asked before. Quick search on here and Google didn't pull anything up.
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Old 05-21-2018, 10:57 AM   #2
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How long do you plan on owning the car?

I have used OEM, aftermarket plastic and brass.
Brand new, they are all about the same, plastic being a tiny bit quieter.
Long term, likely brass and aftermarket plastic last longer.

Make sure to lube on assembly.
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Old 05-21-2018, 05:04 PM   #3
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The u-joint on my shift linkage is shot, like 1st gear I can move it side-to-side as if it was in neutral. I was looking at OEM ones on eBay and noticed they have brass inserts available instead(I think TIC used to offer them?). If anyone has use them, would that be a worthwhile upgrade or just go with OEM ones?

I apologize if this has been asked before. Quick search on here and Google didn't pull anything up.
We never did the brass. Ours are urethane.

For side to side slop check both the linkage (under the car) and the pivot (cross-wise on the actual lever).
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Old 05-21-2018, 11:35 PM   #4
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Avoid brass - it's nice for a year or so but then it gets sloppy from getting hammered during normal use. In ~3 years I've seen a brass bushing end up sloppier that the original rubber part (not a Subaru).

If it was a press fit, it might last but I've always had better luck with Delrin or similar.
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Old 05-22-2018, 12:51 AM   #5
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Thanks guys! Looks like that narrows it down to OEM and hard plastic. I had custom delrin lower shock mounts for my Civic; but I hadn't seen any offered as far as linkage bushings.

Charlie, when you say quieter, did the other ones squeak?

I know for sure the linkage is shot because I had it out; but couldn't get a replacement in time(transmission had to go in that afternoon since I was moving to another city).
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Like any metal on metal connection, you can hear a rattle which gets worse as it wears.
A well made metal bushing can start fairly quiet, but will get louder with age and wear.
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Old 05-22-2018, 12:40 PM   #7
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A well made metal bushing can start fairly quiet, but will get louder with age and wear.
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