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Old 11-01-2005, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default shift lever vibration

I installed a Kartboy shifter and bushings about six weeks ago.

It seems like there is a lot of vibration coming up through the shift lever. I read that you shouldn't keep your hand on the shift knob while you are driving (except of course to shift), so I try not to do that. I'm just wondering if I should be worried about the vibration. It wasn't noticeable with the stock shift lever.
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Old 11-01-2005, 08:51 PM   #2
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I noticed a good deal of vibration from the shifter even while stock, I don't think you have much to worry about.
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Old 11-01-2005, 08:56 PM   #3
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The Kartboy, and other aftermarket shift levers, do not have the rubber damper section that the OEM lever does. So, with an aftermarket lever you will get more NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) through the lever. It's perfectly normal.
One thing you should do however, is check to be sure that the bolt that goes through the lever is not overtightened. This bolt only requires about 8 ft.-lbs. and can easily be made too tight, which will both increase transmitted noise/vibration and make shifting more difficult. Also the bolt, and the bushing in the lever, should be well lubricated with lithium grease which will help to keep things smooth and quiet.
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Old 11-01-2005, 11:01 PM   #4
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good idea not to keep your hand on the shift knob it puts undue pressure on the shifting forks. if u have a gal in the car u can find a better place to put your hand
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Old 11-01-2005, 11:30 PM   #5
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^ just in case it happens to you... make sure the washer over the bushings is still on tight
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Old 11-01-2005, 11:34 PM   #6
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also make sure that little linkage spring is still attached, that could be a reason....
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:19 AM   #7
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Where is the linkage spring?
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:16 AM   #8
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dont worry too much about the vibration. it gets fairly bad in the 08/09s even stock. i have the stock lever installed right now and every so often i can actually see it vibrating quite a bit. but just in case, check to make sure everything is installed and tightened correctly
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:47 AM   #9
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mine kinda scares me just with bushings. but i think its normal
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