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Shift Coupler, Rod Bushing, Clip and Stock Shifter Installation:

Video Overview:

If your VW is not shifting properly or the shifter has gotten sloppy it might be time to replace the shift coupler and shift rod bushing. It isn't an easy job but the pay off is well worth it. Follow along with our tech as he shows you how to install the pieces necessary to make your shifter work smoothly.

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Shifter Disassembly:




Inside the car -




Removing the Rear Seat       Remove the rear seat bottom.


Removing the Shift Coupler Access Plate       Remove the screw for the shift coupler access plate
       and remove the plate (Philips screwdriver).

Removing the Shift Coupler Grub Screw       Remove shift coupler grub screw (8mm wrench).


Removing the Shift Coupler Through Bolt       Remove shift coupler through bolt (Pair of pliers and 8mm wrench).

Removing the Shift Coupler       Remove the shift coupler from the transmission.

Removing the Shifter       Remove the 2 bolts holding the shifter from tunnel
       and then remove the shifter (13mm wrench).



Outside the car -




Removing the Shift Rod Access Plates in the Trunk       In the front trunk, remove access plate on backside
       of spare tire well (Philips screwdriver).

       Then remove the front apron plug (8mm wrench/socket).


Removing the Shift Rod Access Plate on the Frame Head       Underneath the front end, in between the torsion
       tubes of the front suspension, remove the 2 bolts
       holding the frame head access plate and remove
       the plate (10mm socket).



Inside the car -




Pushing the Shift Rod Forward       Starting at the shift coupler access plate,
       push the shift rod forward as far as you can.


Removing the Shift Rod through Shifter Hole       Use a pair of pliers to push the shift rod forward through the shifter hole in the tunnel.
       Continue pushing the rod all the way forward to the front of the frame head.



Outside the car -




Pulling the Shift Rod from the Frame Head       From underneath the front end, reach inside the front frame head and pull the shift rod out.


Pulling the Shift Rod through the Apron       Guide the shift rod through both of the holes in the front apron to remove it.

       Pull off the shift rod bushing clip and any remnants of the old bushing
       and clean wipe any excess grease and debris off the shaft.




Shifter Assembly:




Inside the car -




Installing Shift Rod Bushing and Clip       Insert the bushing and clip into the hanger inside the tunnel.
       (The hanger is accessed through the hole for the shifter.)




Outside the car -




Installing Shift Rod through Front Apron       With the shift rod clean and lightly greased, slide it through the access
       holes in the front apron and into the access hole in the frame head.


Installing Shift Rod through Shift Rod Hanger       From underneath the car, guide the shift rod into place
       in the shift rod bushing and hanger and push it back as far as you can.




Inside the car -




Pulling Shift Rod through Shift Rod Hanger       Use a pair of pliers to pull the shift rod all back through the shifter hole in the tunnel.
       Pull the shift rod back until the shift rod cup is in place at the shifter hole in the tunnel.


Installing Shift Coupler to Transmission       At the shift coupler access hole, slide new shift coupler on transmission,
       install grub screw and tighten (8mm wrench).

       Use Loctite or safety wire to ensure grub screw does not loosen.


Installing Shift Coupler Bushing       Install bushing on one side of the shift coupler and pull the shift rod up into place.


Installing Shift Coupler Bushing Through Bolt       Insert through bolt through the remaining bushing,
       then through the shift coupler, shift rod and opposite bushing.


Tightening Shift Coupler Bushing Through Bolt       Tighten shift coupler through bolt (pair of pliers and 8mm wrench).


Installing Shift Coupler Access Plate       Install shift coupler access plate and tighten screw (Philips screwdriver).


Installing Lock Out Plate and Shifter       Install shifter making sure the reverse lockout plate is installed correctly
       (long side ramp is on the right and pointing towards the front)
       and tighten the two 13mm bolts.


Installing the Rear Seat       Put the rear seat bottom back in place.



Outside the car -




Installing the Shift Rod Access Plates in the Trunk       In the front trunk, install access plate on backside
       of spare tire well (Philips screwdriver).

       Then install the front apron plug (8mm wrench/socket).


Installing the Shift Rod Access Plate on the Frame Head       Underneath the front end, in between the torsion
       tubes of the front suspension, install the frame head
       access plate and install the 2 bolts (10mm socket).

       Installation is now complete.