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Old 01-28-2011, 01:22 AM
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Vilhuer explained above.. just to reiterate as it seems the message is getting lost

You can not adjust which plane the gear lever is sprung to sit in when in neutral.

For early 5-speeds (78-85), if in neutral and you're not touching the stick, the stick is sprung to sit in the 4-5 plane.

From 86-95, if the spring isn't broken, the stick is sprung to centre in the 2-3 gate when you're not touching it.

What you can adjust is where the stick is in relation to the selector shaft on the gearbox, and its fore/aft tilt, and the WSM (WorkShop Manual) explains the correct positioning of the lever. However, if you try to adjust it too far, you may get interference with the edge of the shifter hole that affects gear selection.


Originally Posted by U-928 View Post
Pardon the ignorance....the whaaa?

And pertaining to the thread, my '82 "rests" all the way to the right in between the 4-5 gates. I've tried to adjust it to the "conventional" setting between 2-3 and it just doesn't work.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:19 AM
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I had the same issue ... ended up taking the gearbox out to investigate !!
Naff all to do with adjustment / set up / or poor bushings ............ in my case it's in the box.
As my life can depend upon sure downward gearchanges , I got round the problem by fitting an external spring onto the gearlever itself ... just to pull it into the plane I wanted.
Problem solved.

What i suspect - note SUSPECT , is that my box has been rebuilt at some stage , and the leaf spring (unlike coil spring in the earlier box) has been changed to the later type ..... so I have a box with a mix of bits in it . I did above over rebuilding the box , I think some of the springs are no longer available !!
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:13 AM
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OOPs I just noted the year of the car he is working , the early setup is different than setting the shifter to center sorry.
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Recently bought and 82 5 speed with a trashed linkage. Replaced all the bushings and have adjusted the rear coupler twice now but I can only get reverse 2nd and 4th. Shift lever appears to go into 1st 3rd and 5th though the throw is noticably shorter that r 2 and 4. 3rd sometimes grinds a tad but won't engage. The lever isn't quite butting against the rear linkage bar yet which is odd because it looks as if it should still have room to drop into gear unless something else is binding. My opinion is that either I didn't properly adjust the new ball cup or I have a huge problem with the transmission. Has anyone else had this issue and if so what was your fix? Thanks!
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:11 PM
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I got short shifters for my first 2 from Ed at perfex, I am going to try a lizard on my 79. Good info here...thanks.
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