the wife must be away for you to have all that gear on the kitchen table.In preparation for my Getrag 5 speed install I have been preparing the short throw shift linkage and was not satisfied with the crappy plastic bushings that came in the new rod joint or the used 320i lever. BMW does not sell replacements for these. So I measured the size of the bores and it is 10mm ID x 13mm OD x 20mm long. A quick search yielded a most excellent company that sells the exact fit bronze bushing.
The plastic one was removed from the shift lever, there are grooves in there but the bush is tight so no adhesive needed. I Dremel'd the inside with a wire brush to clean and smooth it out:
Then I tapped it into the lever, it overhangs about a mm on each side (where the original flange would be) and is not quite as tight in the 144mm dog bone DSSC linkage piece as I want (nor was the plastic one) so I am fitting two 10mm x 16mm x .25mm shim washers to make it nice and snug. Then I torched the plastic bush out of the new rod joint, there are large grooves inside it so I put some JB Weld in and tapped another bushing into that, it is very snug and won't need washers between it and the dogbone:
That's the old plastic lever bearing in the above pic. Now I have tight, smooth bronze bushings that won't distort over time like plastic or have as much play.
Here is the bearing source:
I just bought the complete UUC short shift kit for my CS 5 speed. The DSSR had to be custom made to 146.94 mm (147mm sound familiar?) to match the selector rod that was removed from the transm. The attached pic shows the existing selector rod and the longest DSSR they had in stock. They thought it best to have my shop cut and weld the rod to the exact correct length. I preferred to have them make a new DSSR to match my old one,once we had it out of the car. There is also a pic of the shift lever with the all-metal bushing supplied as part of the complete kit. The pins are now secured with locknuts and not clips as back in 2015. My shift lever did not hit the shift surround when in reverse or 5th gear with my existing selector rod. The UUC shift lever has adjustable length points to set up at the driver's preference. The Creative Workshop will do the installation next week.Sorry, ordered a 144mm DSSR, contact Christopher Bethel <firstname.lastname@example.org> to see if they still have them. From my receipt:
Unit price Qty Amount
UUC Double Shear Selector Rod | DSSR-144 | Stock
And the thing is so f'ing awesome. Fits and shifts perfecto. Way better than the stock one-sided rod.