In Reply to: short shift installation questions posted by Jim Herman on June 07, 2002 at 22:33:01:
Start by removing the shift knob and leather boot (before you get dirty). Remove the exhaust system from the header back, heat shield, driveshaft (, center bearing), and guibo. Then, the rear shift linkage mount and rear trans mount (be careful, the trans will drop a few inches- and check your rear trans mounts for wear, mine were toast). Once you remove the trans mount you can shine a flashlight above the rear of the trans and wiggle the keeper pin out. Getting the pin out is a little tricky, as you must unclip the pin from the trans and swing it up to pull out. You'll see what I mean once you are there (it wasn't that big a deal once I could see it, use a mirror if you have to).
While you're in there replace the shift select rod seal and the rear trans main seal. You can make a tool out of a standard screwdriver to remove the seals. Notch the end of the screwdriver with a file or grinder so that you can twist the screwdriver in such manner that the barb will catch the inside of the seal, so you can then pull out the seal. Do not damage the seal mating surface! Put piece if thick paper (like a matchbook) between the shaft and screwdriver.
To remove the rear trans main seal, you will need is a 30mm deep well thin wall socket. You can make any socket a thin wall with a grinder or you can buy the right socket. I made mine… I like grinders.
Good luck and have fun,
Oh yeah, get some exhaust gaskets (header to kat) and possibly some exhaust hangers, as the hangers might be trashed.
sorry 'bout the prior blank post - hit the enter key too soon.
Has anyone installed a UUC short shifter? I mean actually installed it, not just have one in your car.
If so, did you need to remove the exhaust/drive shaft for any portion of the installation? I was planning to replace the carrier bushings and pin, but I don't think it's actually possible without taking the transmission out first.
Actually, I think my car must have had a short shifter in it when I bought it because the shifter that came with the UUC kit is actually about 1/2 inch longer than my current shifter. It has a lot of slop in it now though so I am replacing it.
If anyone has suggestions for the carrier bushings, let me know.