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2011-05-16 20:58:20
changing shifter bushing
...is impossible without dropping the crossmember if you have prothane engine mounts? the nut that holds the stabilizer bar end onto the shaft hits engine mount after its unscrewed about halfway off. no way the bar is gonna clear the engine mount if the nut cant even clear it. wish i knew this before i installed the prothanes.
2011-05-16 21:03:48
Not really that hard to hold the motor up and drop the rear mount anyways. But I've never had to do this when changing that bushing out before iirc. Are you sure you're not missing something? Move the shifter around? I do remember having to back the motor mount bolt out a little to get the stabilizer bars back on before, but never take it all the way out.
2011-05-16 21:07:40
You might have the bolt in backwards? You might have had better luck with the nut on the other side instead?

I'm usually able to remove the shift stabilizer bushing bracket itself from it's mounting point which could give you the room you need?
2011-05-16 21:41:11

i dont think anything is backwards because the shaft that the stabilizer bar mounts onto is pressed into the mount on the drivers side, theres no way it can be put in backwards. the nut is on the passenger side right next to the motor mount. i really hate messing with that mount.. it took me like an hour just to align the holes of that mount when i installed it. major pain in the ass. if the bracket for the stabilizer mount can be removed, then i guess thats what ill have to do but that all in itself seems like a pain in the ass haha cuz i didnt see any easy access bolts for removing it
2011-05-16 21:43:32
LOL.. im a dumbass.. i just looked that that second pic and saw the mounting bolts for the bracket.. lol lol
2011-05-16 21:55:43
alright im happier now. i was gonna be sad if i had to mess with the rear motor mount just to replace that bushing. i wish i had looked at my pic sooner and saw those nuts on top of the bracket haha. now i just wish i had a lift to make my life easier. xD
2011-05-17 01:28:30
haha, I knew you were missing something...
2011-05-17 02:26:06
You're right is can't go in backwards. I was thinking of the other bolt on the shift rod itself.
Glad you saw the two nuts. Those are the ones I remove. Not super easy to get to but way easier than other things. Swivel head ratcheting wrenches make the job quite easy.
Last edited by BenFenner on 2011-05-17 at 02-29-22.
2011-05-17 02:29:29
Those two nuts are not easy to get at all. Of course mine are rusted and are going to require a cutting wheel. I plan on doing it when the tranny is out. Sometimes cars really suck.
2011-05-17 02:44:41
Just unbolt your rear mount from the motor n jack it up a lil higher.and now u can remve it.might aswell do the shifter mount mod too while you're at It.shifter will be better then new
Last edited by rojeda1217 on 2011-05-17 at 02-46-41. Reason: mistype
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