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shift bushings replacement - really, 1 hour?

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I've a slot at the BMWCCA DIY for this saturday - unfortunately due to large turnout and few lifts, we're limited to 90 mins on a lift/project.

Thought this would be a great time to do the shifter linkage bushing replacement but am now getting nervous that I won't have enough time. Really don't like being "that guy" that hoses someone out of doing their work b/c I've bogged down

Seriously - is 1 hour sufficient time to do this project (having never done this job before)? I've reviewed the write up in the FAQ and trolled the previous posts. what do i need to be aware of/bring tool-wise, that others have discovered?

Thanks in advance,

Dennis

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Shift lever tools: snap ring pliers.

Platform tools: 10mm (IIRC) Allen socket with a 12" extension. 13mm wrench and socket.

Prep work before the shop day: silicon on the rubber isolation bits in the new bushings to hold back oil that breaks down the rubber..

Day of:

Pull shift lever before you lift the car. Lift. Remove down brace on platform. Back out the Allen bolts that go into the trans.

Rinse and repeat.

One hour, less any painting or cleaning you wish to perform whist the platform is removed.

Potential issues:

Locktite on Allen bolts from previous work making the bolts VERY hard to back out. If you suspect this to be the case, be sure to have the Allen socket burried squarely in the cap screw to avoid stripping.

If you didn't buy a down brace, the rubber in the isolation end could be gelatinous just the same as the platform bushings, making proper adjustment of the platform-to-tunnel inaccurate and the end product of the work half-assed. So get one if you haven't, and silicone the rubber also.

Toasted or non-existent foam ring on the top of shift plate. Buy new if needed.

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Shift lever tools: snap ring pliers.

Toasted or non-existent foam ring on the top of shift plate. Buy new if needed.

...or one made of a sponge... heh...

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What year is your car?

Early and late linkages are very different at the shifter.

But yeah, if you have the right kit and tools, an hour's

not unreasonable...

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Shift lever tools: snap ring pliers.

Toasted or non-existent foam ring on the top of shift plate. Buy new if needed.

...or one made of a sponge... heh...

The proper piece is coated, so as to not hold water..

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Dennis,

have you been under there and LOOKED at the area?

do you know the condition that awaits you under there?

if all you do is the shift lever bushings - then you should make

it out in 1-Hour

but if it is an oily mess with fagged quibo, floppy center

d-shaft bearing/mount, exhaust system nightmare,

motor/trans mounts that are not mounting anymore?

then just enjoy the event and plan on camping out under the

02 another weekend

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'preciate the prod to look globally, C.D. Fortunately, all you've mentioned has been addressed: new guibo and center support bearing, IE Stainless exhaust. Only thing that's unsure is the transmission mounts (engine mounts are less than 2yr).

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an hour is plenty of time.

Print off tons of diagrams, and make sure you have answered all of your questions before you lift the car.

The snap rings can be tricky, and fling off in random directions, so maybe have a backup for when you lose one under the workbench.

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