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    Thread: Complete Shifter Rebuild w/ USRT Smartshift Install

    1. Geriatric Member Chapel's Avatar
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      10-09-2007 11:29 AM #51
      so, now the USRT SmartShift is JUST the engine bay stuff, right? not the shifter box equipment.
      I think my shifter box was recently rebuilt so I just want to do the linkage in the engine bay. that's what the USRT kit replaces?
      I think I gotta put this on my list of things to do.

    2. 10-09-2007 11:42 AM #52
      just the engine bay side, everything in the shift box was replaced with OEM VW stuff. It is possible to replace the ball & housing without taking the shift box out, but to replace the bush at the front of the shift box you have to drop it out the car!
      See my shifter bushing guide in the MK2 section for more info on the linkage strip down & repair, mine is more orientated towards the oem bushing kits rather than the USRT/MissingLinkz kits, though it is still usefull to help you strip your linkage down plus it also tells you how to replace the gearstick ball & housing without touching the exhaust [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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      10-09-2007 11:48 AM #53
      Quote, originally posted by rubjonny »
      just the engine bay side, everything in the shift box was replaced with OEM VW stuff. It is possible to replace the ball & housing without taking the shift box out, but to replace the bush at the front of the shift box you have to drop it out the car!

      oh, ok. I'll just do the USRT kit.

    4. 10-09-2007 11:59 AM #54
      just to add, I replaced the front shift box bush on my 170k old MK2 with a new VW part and I noticed no improvement, so I would never bother replacing it unless you have the exhaust off anyway, its just too much hassle otherwise!
      Edit: I had already replaced all the other bushes, the gearlever ball & housing plus I fitted a missinglinkz kit


      Modified by rubjonny at 5:00 PM 10-9-2007
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      10-09-2007 12:07 PM #55
      Quote, originally posted by rubjonny »
      just to add, I replaced the front shift box bush on my 170k old MK2 with a new VW part and I noticed no improvement, so I would never bother replacing it unless you have the exhaust off anyway, its just too much hassle otherwise!
      Edit: I had already replaced all the other bushes, the gearlever ball & housing plus I fitted a missinglinkz kit

      Missinglinkz?

    6. 10-09-2007 12:21 PM #56
      It's a cheaper version of the USRT stuff, not quite as good because it uses oem style ball & socket joints rather than the spherical ball ends the USRT kit has. I'm more than happy with my setup!
      It was linked a few more posts up, but here you go, I recommend you get the new relay shaft bushes with the kit they make a massive difference to shift feel:
      http://www.4crawler.com/Diesel...shtml
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      10-09-2007 12:25 PM #57
      Quote, originally posted by rubjonny »
      It's a cheaper version of the USRT stuff, not quite as good because it uses oem style ball & socket joints rather than the spherical ball ends the USRT kit has. I'm more than happy with my setup!
      It was linked a few more posts up, but here you go, I recommend you get the new relay shaft bushes with the kit they make a massive difference to shift feel:
      http://www.4crawler.com/Diesel...shtml

      oh wow.
      I remember that **** from back when I had my Rabbit!
      I'll go with USRT. seems to be a better kit.

    8. 10-09-2007 01:28 PM #58
      Where did you get the bushing for the front of the shift box? Mine is very warn out and water leaks into the shift box when it rains, is there a kit that replaces this bushing? thanks

    9. 10-09-2007 01:30 PM #59
      VW only part I believe:
      191 711 190 B
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    10. 10-09-2007 01:31 PM #60
      thanks

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      10-09-2007 04:40 PM #61
      just bought one.
      wish me luck

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      10-24-2007 12:24 PM #62

      I have a question
      I just received mine...
      the bearings on the top piece and the bottom piece are moving perfectly smoothly and freely...
      the middle piece seems extra tight and almost seems like it's jamming up.
      Is that normal or do I need to contact USRT to get a new piece?

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      10-24-2007 12:29 PM #63
      does for a VR6/G60 a setup availeble too?? and if yes, how much and pics of them availeble??
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    14. 05-18-2008 04:33 PM #64
      More pictures of USRT linkage installed


    15. 05-18-2008 04:47 PM #65



      Modified by V-dub-R at 8:35 PM 5-21-2008

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      Modified by V-dub-R at 8:10 PM 5-21-2008

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      05-18-2008 06:00 PM #67
      hoe would this installation differ for a 16v? i have the kit. ive just been putting it off

    18. 05-18-2008 06:44 PM #68
      Quote, originally posted by Nexus »
      hoe would this installation differ for a 16v? i have the kit. ive just been putting it off

      it wouldn't.

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      05-18-2008 09:00 PM #69
      my rod is longer and the peices are diffrent

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      05-18-2008 09:29 PM #70
      Quote, originally posted by Nexus »
      my rod is longer and the peices are diffrent

      If you have the kit, go put it in. You just need to make sure the rods are the same size as your stock rods when you install it. This is the BEST kit available for these cars!
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    21. 05-18-2008 11:35 PM #71
      Totally. I've been driving my GTI with the USRT kit for about two months now, I can't go back to the stock mk2 shifter bushings (my other diesel golf has the normal stuff). Such a huge difference.

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      05-18-2008 11:44 PM #72
      that looks awesome man. i am curious as to how your short shifter looks. since the shifter is lower in the mk2 then most cars. can u post some uick pics of it?

    23. 05-19-2008 06:59 PM #73
      If your pieces are different then most likely you have kit for mk1.
      Mk1 kit

      mk2 kit

      I found a nice write-up with pictures for mk1 linkage upgrade here:
      http://metrodubs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4229
      mk2 only uses slightly different pieces but it's basicaly the same thing.

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      05-19-2008 07:12 PM #74
      Quote, originally posted by V-dub-R »
      Mk1 kit

      .

      this is the kit i have. i have a 1.8 16v from a 88 scirocco in a mk1.5 cabriolet. i hope this works.

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      05-19-2008 07:27 PM #75
      This was a great upgrade, kind of a PITA to grind down all the ball joint mounts but definitely "clicks" into gear now.

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