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Bolt on opposite side of shift rod near transmission

Discussion in 'Technical' started by No H2O, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. No H2O

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    Probably not much of a contribution but the only change from stock that I've made thus far is on the tranny side the bolt that holds the shift rod threads in only one way.
    Since the shift rod itself has threads all the way through I figured get another bolt for the opposite side to make it tighter.
     

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  2. Jersey Big Mike

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    I personally don't see this doing anything more than locktite would accomplish.
    If you really wanted to make sure it wouldn't move, the option will be drill a small hole perpendicular to the threads in the shifter lever and tap for a small set screw. But again will the forces on that rod under normal conditions that too seems like over kill.

    Have you had issues with the shift lever to the linkage?
     
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    Not to nit pick, but should have gone with a cap screw rather than hex head bolt, keep a consistent look... Also agree with Mike, a bit of overkill...:2cents:
     
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    Perhaps it's purely peace of mind on my part that this makes me feel a little more secure, I've seen bolts come off (not on a BDM)

    I'm looking for a chrome cap screw, this was just to get me on the road asap
     
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    Should be able to get what you're after at Fastenal.
     
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    If that's the case I would recommend getting a longer bolt and using a nylon lock nut on the inside (near transmission) as that WILL hold the bolt better than another bolt screwed in from opposite side.
    While I had a bolt come loose on my shifter years ago (not my dog) that was probably my own fault for not locking it tight enough or no locktite.
    Luckily I had a spare and fixed it on the side of the road just outside DC. Zip ties will fix this in an emergency as well as other crap and you should carry them in your toolkit.
     
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    i was under the impression the linkage should have a bit of play. like a ball and socket type fitting on either end. the nut should be good with locktite but the connection should not be truly rigid as there is movement during shifting (front and back). i did the extensions so the linkage rod was lengthened. shift linkage.jpg
     
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    I think the original screw presses against the inner hub and the outer part float if you will which let the heim joint work properly
     
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    heim joint. thanks but i did not know the term.

    In NoH20's case it looks like its sandwiched between two added washers. maybe its the picture but the washer looks like its right up against the land
     
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    make sure to clean and re-lube the heim occasionally. they must stay free moving and in line with one another to eliminate binding.
     
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    I use a dry graphite spray a couple times a year, dirt wont stick to it like other lube's..
     
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    that's why you use nylocks -- can get to stay where it is but not have to be tighten against something like using a lock washer.
     
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    I assume I can get said nylocks through Fastenal?
     
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    Jmo but honestly I'd just run the way it was with original bolt and loctite I've never heard of or seen one come loose
     
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    Absolutely. Nyloc's are great things -- even get popular sizes at home depot, ace, lowes, Better selection at mcmaster-carr, fastenal and grainger.
     
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    maybe they dont want the loctite at the heim joints??? some guys will slop it on and it will ooze when you tighten the bolt/nut.

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    Ya got a point there:old2:
     

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