I am helping a good friend bring back from the dead an old ‘67 Bug he bought about a year and a half above. As part of the work we installed a rebuilt Rancho transaxle and we installed a new shift rod bushing and coupler. Ironically putting the bushing and metal clip on the carrier inside the tunnel was a cinch. We pulled the shift rod through the front and greased it. After pushing it in through the bushing it slid back fine until it hit a snag. I put my hand through and felt what I believe are either heater tubes or emergency brake tubes. Felt like an X or a Y at the top of the tunnel. It was a bitch but we managed to get the end of the shift to show up at the rear access compartment. It is going perfectly through the bushing but the shift rod is at the bottom of the tunnel and it feels a little stiff. I did this before on a friend’s dune buggy and my recollection is that it didn’t feel as stiff. We believe we cleared the obstructions in the tunnel. I wonder if this will sort itself out once we hook up the coupler and install the shifter. What are your experiences? Thank you in advance.

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do yourself a favor & remove the shift rod again & replace the plastic bushing with the BRASS ONE....it will be good for the life of the car....just search "brass shift bushing for vw" to find it...

Yes I’ve read all about that one and know about it. It’s about $37 plus $30 something for the installation kit.  I agree it’s a great idea but at this point the problem is not the bushing; the shift  rod went through perfectly. 

I replaced my bushing with the brass one.  When I reconnected the coupler in the back I encountered some resistance when I raised the end of the rod up.  I did some looking around inside the tunnel with a little scope attached to my cell phone.  Ultimately, I decided to live with it.

The price of the brass bushing installation tube does seem outrageous.  But, if you consider someone's time to hand make it, it seems a bit more reasonable.  If I can find it, I would be willing to lend it to anyone who wants to install the brass bushing.

I replaced my bushing with the brass one.  When I reconnected the coupler in the back I encountered some resistance when I raised the end of the rod up.  I did some looking around inside the tunnel with a little scope attached to my cell phone.  Ultimately, I decided to live with it.

The price of the brass bushing installation tube does seem outrageous.  But, if you consider someone's time to hand make it, it seems a bit more reasonable.  If I can find it, I would be willing to lend it to anyone who wants to install the brass bushing.

The brass bushing looks to be fantastic; definitely. When the time comes to change the bushing in my VS I will certainly consider it. Have you thought about renting it out? I would most certainly be glad to borrow it and pay for it. 😉

The rod probably is rubbing against one of the other tubes in the tunnel, take the front inspection cover off  using a bright light you'll see where the issue is. You can also disconnect the rear coupler and feel" out where the resistance buy moving the rod around  then pry the tubes a bit to get clearance.

 

@Impala, I have not thought about renting the tool.  It might be nice if whoever borrowed it paid for the postage.

That is the case of a tool I only used once and will probably never use it again. Others, like the Torque Meister, I have used a couple of times and may not use again.   Even with limited use, these tools worked great when I needed them.

From time to time, I have thought it would be nice to have a tool registry here to list these very useful tools we rarely use that we are willing to lend.

the EVU4 YouTube clip is very helpful for tackling this job...if a guy was a sharp mechanically inclined person and had to equipment at his disposal....the special tool wouldn't be all that hard to make...PVC, some aluminum block...drill press and little pins...and some string....i never will do that job again so i gifted my special tool to the mechanic who installed mine....my subaru powered car is a NIGHTMARE to pull the shift rod because of the radiator and A/C compressor etc...when i had to replace the 50 YR OLD WORN OUT SHIFT ROD left in the car by GENIUS john steele of JPS when he built the car and then refused to WARRANTY!!....(but that's a whole other OPRAH)...so i SAVED my DOUGH & hired a PRO to do it....but with a NEW SHIFT ROD & BRASS BUSHING & VINTAGE SPEED SHIFTER....the car is like a GATED SHIFTER FERRARI and a joy to carve canyons in!...i highly recommend doing this to all replica VW speedsters....just my 2 cents

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