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Shifter bushings are an easy and inexpensive upgrade to your stock rubber bushings. Torque Solution bushings are made out of a self-lubricating Delrin and will help remove that “spongy” feeling when shifting. As any manual transmission driver knows, transmission feel is very important!
Let’s get started with the install! The below picture is the area on an 08+ Honda Accord V6 where the shifter bushings are located. Please note that this was much easier to see and get to with the stock airbox removed for an intake. However, if you have a stock airbox you will probably need to remove some of those pieces around the battery to get in there.
Most in the way is the battery, so first we disconnected that and moved it out of the way so we had some room to work!
Next, to remove the stock bushings. Over time your stock rubber bushings will wear out, but due to the car only being about 2 years old, they were still a bit firmer, but not difficult to remove. On most models these are not difficult to get to, however the front larger bushing is a bit easier. On this model Accord, the smaller rear bushing was a bit more difficult to get to.
First let’s start with the front bushing. Removing them will be the same process for both.
Remove the top click from the stock bushing. If it doesn’t move with your finger, use a small screwdriver to gently leverage up. You can save these pieces, but the Torque Solution shifter bushings include all parts needed to replace. After removing the top clip the entire assembly can slip off the shifter shaft.
The stock bushings also have a stock metal and plastic plate that also does down throughout the center. This will easily pop off of the stock bushing by pushing up with a screwdriver. You do not need to reuse this part, but will come off easily without damaging.
Now you have just the stock rubber bushing remaining in the shifter cable. Some may just pop out by pushing down on the shifter shaft, however we just used the screwdriver we had handy to quickly pop out.
Now replace with the Torque Solution bushing. This slides directly in the hole of the shifter cable end. This can be tricky to get all on the shaft. We opted to put the bushing on the shaft first, and then carefully slide the shifter cable surround over the new bushing. We opted for this approach as you are only pushing on the metal top vs pushing the bottom of the bushing onto the shifter shaft. Use the approach that works best for you. Ours were a very easy fit, but some have also recommended freezing the bushing to slide on easier as well.
With the bushing on the shifter, slide the new C-clip carefully around the top of the shifter bushing. Then secure the top of the bushing with the new top clip.
ALL DONE with the front!
Now move to the rear and repeat the same process. On the 08+ Honda Accord there is a plastic wiring harness that we unbolted two of the securing bolts to give us a bit more room to wiggle around it.
Install the rear with the same process as the front.
Voila, you have installed your bushings. If you are familiar with this process it can take 30 minutes or less! Now take your car for a ride and enjoy the new bushings firmer feel!
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