Rod shifters were factory equipment on mid 91 through 95 5-speed SHOs. One wear item on a rod shifter is the flexible clevis joint that connects to the shift shaft on the transmission. This clevis joint has a rubber bushing that gets soft and fails. In addition, there are four plastic bushings that get brittle and fail. This shifter joint was not designed to be servicable, but that has not stopped us yet.
We designed a repair kit that contains the parts needed to rebuild the clevis joint. You will need to carefully grind off the deformed end of the two rivet pins to disassemble the clevis. After it is disassembled, you will also need to drill out the hole for the new bolt to 3/8". Once you have removed the pins and drilled out the holes, it is time to reassemble.
1) Remove the center steel bushing from the old rubber bushing. Reinstall the steel bushing in the new urethane bushing. It is a stretch fit, but it will go. Center the bushing in the new urethane.
2) Press one of the small plastic white bushings into each side of the end of the shifter rod (replacing the old plastic bushings if they are still there.
3) Insert the new urethane bushing with the reused steel insert into the end of the clevis. This too is a tight fit, but it will work.
4) Install a bronze bushing on each side of the urethane bushing (replacing the plastic washers).
5) Use the two stainless bolts to reassemble the clevis joint. The nuts are locking nuts, so you can adjust the tension where you want it with the shifter. Even though they are locking nuts, we recommend using a little blue thread locker.
Reinstall your rod shifter and enjoy the factory new feeling of a tight clevis joint.
3/8" drill bit and a grinder are required to modify your shifter to install these parts.
1989-1991 Taurus SHO with 5 speed MTX transmission using a rod shifter
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