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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Upgrade your Stock Shifter and Bushings in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; I went the "cheap" route in replacing my shifter. I had someone weld up an extension to the end of ...
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    Upgrade your Stock Shifter and Bushings

    I went the "cheap" route in replacing my shifter. I had someone weld up an extension to the end of a stock shifter. I also purchased the bushings from Luke and I must say for the cost (1/4 the price of going the UUC way or 1/2 the B&M way) I could not be happier. I still have stock noise and vibration suppression, with my shift gates now feeling very direct and the distance front to back much smaller.

    There is an easy way to install the bushings that most people missed. I believe someone else on the forum already mentioned this so I am just elaborating. First off there is no need to chamfer the bushings. You will need to be under the car to install them. There is no need to try and jam the front lip of the bushing into the hole of the cross member. Lube them liberally inside and out with your preferred grease, I used lithium. Open the big end of the bushing and slide it halfway onto the rod. Have the split of the bushing face away from the center of the car. Pull the cross member over the front top portion of the bushing while the bottom half of the bushing is underneath the loop of the crossmember. Now simply rotate the bushing in place, you may need to use a flat head screwdriver or awl to help it along. The rotating is a little easier from the top.

    If anyone has not modified their shifter yet, I suggest going the "stock modified" way. I have no experience with the UUC offered shifter, but I am sure that it is high quality. If price is a factor, look up the tpms shifter on their web site or better yet, PM ***** and he can set you up.

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    Re: Upgrade your Stock Shifter and Bushings

    Nice work.

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    Re: Upgrade your Stock Shifter and Bushings

    whats the length of your throws, say from 3rd-4th?

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    Re: Upgrade your Stock Shifter and Bushings

    I think someone has already measured the distance of the throws for this modification, but I will break out the measuring tape this evening and post my results. The shortness is only half the equation. The bushing have made all my shifts feel so much more direct and positive. When I first dug into my shifter I found one of my bushings hanging half way out and the other one had a rip on the outside. I had a hard time getting into 2nd and reverse with my old bushings, now the shifter feels like it is getting sucked into the gates.

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    Re: Upgrade your Stock Shifter and Bushings

    Yeah I rolled my passenger side shifter bushing in from the top, by far the easiest way to get that one in. Drivers side went in easy as cake 1st.

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    Re: Upgrade your Stock Shifter and Bushings

    That's right, I remember the post comparing the various shifter throws. I'll do a search if you don't get around to measuring.

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