In Reply to: shifter.....expoded view?? posted by JLam '75 golf on September 08, 1999 at 14:46:32:
If you want to shorten the shifter but retain your linkage: move the shift boot out of the way from the top, and remove the Cclip that connects the shifter to the shifter linkage from the bottom. Remove the entire shifter as an assembly by jimmying the upper bushing in the shift platform out of the way.
If you want the linkage, the procedure is similar except that you will have to remove the collar and press the pin out of the shift knuckle (place where shift linkage attaches to tranny).
That said, unless your '75 is really late, I believe you have the earlier style shifter/linkage in your car. My advice: replace your shifter knuckle and shift linkage with the parts from the '76 (a new shift knuckle and associated foam insert would be a good idea - you'll see what I mean). And, if you do have the old style shifter/linkage, the '76 shifter will not attach properly to your earlier linkage - so, just get it all.
You don't need a manual for this exercise. Just a flashlight, a few simple tools, and small hands won't hurt either. All in all you can probably capture the shifter you're looking for with all associated linkage parts in less than an hour.
: Hi and Thanks for any comments. I think I found a "short Shifter" on a '76, in a Upull-it. In my Haynes there is little to zero info on the assembly of the springs/circlips etc. would there be any info out there on the web? or is the answer...shell out $95 for a Svc manual? or would that be the parts manual? thanks...John