Rod shifters came stock on late 91 through 95 5-speed SHOs. Many 89-91 cars have also been converted to a rod shifter, so even early cars may have a rod shifter. One wear item on a rod shifter is the rod shifter bushing. Rod shifter bushings are the two small urethane bushings that help mount the fixed rod of the rod shifter. Over time they will crack, soften, tear, or otherwise break down. Oil leakage accelerates this damage, so many cars now have bad rod shifter bushings, which causes the rod shifter to become loose and difficult to shift.
New Ford rod shifter bushings are not available, but we have found an aftermarket product that fits nearly perfectly and gets the job done. Our rod shifter bushings are made out of hard urethane, so they are rigid, yet they isolate vibrations through the shifter. Replacement is quick and easy, as the replacement bushings come in two pieces just like the factory bushings.
To replace the rod shifter bushings: unbolt the large fixed rod from the transmission, pull the metal inner busing out of the center of the rod shifter bushing, pull the two halves of the rubber bushing apart, reassemble in reverse order.
1989-1995 Taurus SHO with 5 speed MTX transmission using a rod shifter
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