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Porsche928TT 02-21-2017 06:01 PM

Finally time to get my 5-Speed Shifter properly centered!

I have spent many nights looking through the forum and online reading everything I can find about properly adjusting the shifter on my 1982 5-Speed. MANY years ago, when i first got it, I seem to remember the shifter not being actually in the CENTER of the gates, but off to one side. I've read a few posts that confirm this, but not 100%.

I know how to adjust the rear shift coupler, and a while back installed a Precision Shifter Ball Cup so the front coupler is good.

It just doesn;t shift as well as it used to. Depending on the adjustment, sometimes the gears with lever forward are difficult, sometimes the rearward ones.

What is the proper way to get this all sorted. I'd like to get it done before the Hershey Swap meet so I can enjoy the drive down there.

I have followed 4 different instruction procedures without to much result. Could very well be I am not doing something correctly.

My clutch is new and does release properly.

please help!


Still in shifter hell.
Somewhere in NY (90mi from NYC)

hwyengr 02-21-2017 06:18 PM

I don't think you'll be able to do this without replacing the centering spring with one from a later transmission. I think it was sometime in '86 that they changed from the 4-5 spring center to the 2-3.

So, nothing's broken on your car, it's supposed to be that way, and it's going to be difficult (or impossible, since almost every transmission spring is NLA) to switch to the center.

Porsche928TT 02-21-2017 07:34 PM

Ummm? Huh?
I'm not looking to change WHERE it's centered by design, just put it where it belongs originally. Right now it's setup at the actual center of the gates.

Which I believe is causing the problem with shifting.


SeanR 02-21-2017 07:36 PM

If your rear coupler is falling apart this will cause what you are having happen. Replace it with either a factory part or one that's been rebuilt with factory bits. Not one with a bolt shoved through the center.

Porsche928TT 02-21-2017 07:56 PM

Rear coupler is fine.

If you read my post, I am looking for the proper positioning and procedure for adjustment of the shifter.


ltoolio 02-21-2017 08:48 PM

Got any pics? Would like to see how your '82 compares to my '82.

Porsche928TT 02-21-2017 08:55 PM

Pics of what?

Mine looks completely stock, except for dual rear foglamps, H4 headlights and the tiny black turbo script under the rear small spoiler.


ltoolio 02-21-2017 08:58 PM

Your shifter.

Porsche928TT 02-21-2017 09:11 PM


Not really.



Guy 02-22-2017 09:11 AM

Mine is oriented slightly to the passenger side. I adjusted it this way based on the fact that reverse and 5th were easier to engage in this configuration and I liked the snap back to neutral that this position afforded. I loosened the lock bolt and had my son put the shifter in position, I then tightened it up. Made a huge difference. Hope this helps

Oh and everything was new on mine as well.....

KenRudd 02-22-2017 09:35 AM

This is one of those things where you really need a helper. Otherwise you may be crawling back and forth from drivers seat (to test) to under car (to adjust).

Porsche928TT 02-22-2017 08:20 PM

Any volunteers nearby?



hb253 02-22-2017 08:41 PM

In neutral, the shifter sits in the 4-5 plane. When I installed my Lizard shifter, I loosened the pinch coupling and moved the rod back and forth to find the spot where the shifter is vertical when in neutral rest position. After that, I rotated as needed to get it so I could shift into all gears. It was definitely an iterative process.

Where in NY are you?


Porsche928TT 02-22-2017 09:33 PM

I about 90 Miles North of NYC. About 30 minutes from the Suffern Exit on the Thruway.


darbji928 09-06-2017 06:21 PM

Ignore this reply.

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