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    Question T-56 Shifter Bushing Question

    Just got a new short throw shifter, and partway through the install I found the little white plastic cup that the shifter sits in is pretty mangled. I assume the only place to get this is GM, does anybody have a part number or has anybody bought one of these. How much and how long will it take? I'm hoping that they will have it in stock being its so small and a wear item....I dunno though. The top edge of the cup is bent up and torn a bit. I think that could be causing some shifting problems, but I am not sure just how important it really is. Thanks for the help, I appreciate it.

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    I took a pic if you are confused as to what I am talking about. I just want to know where I can get one, preferably the same day. Also would this have affected the way the t-56 shifts at all? It doesn't look good, but I am new to this tranny and am not really sure. Thanks for the help.


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    somebody on here has to have seen this before? Anybody?

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    Well I got sick of waiting so I went to the dealership. You cannot order the little white cup by itself, you have to order it with the metal block it sits in, and the grand total is $75.00


    I am not sure if there is another source for these things, but I think that is crazy. I fixed mine the best I could, as it wasn't that bad. Everything seems to work fine with the new shifter installed. So if you are looking to replace that white cup, and only the white cup, I am not sure where to get one.

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    This would be a great item for an aftermarket company. obviously, the wear in this item can effect the shifter. it appears that the compound the factory produces it out of was chosen for its sound deadening qualities and not durability. Maybe a metallic greasable substitute would work?

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    The reason you have to buy the bushing with the block( its called an offset lever) is because it is supposed to be epoxied in. Yours has lost the bond of someone replaced it without the glue. Go back to the dealer and get a T5 offset lever bushing( that one is the same but its not glued). Epoxy it into your T56 and save some $$.

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    WHOA i was reading a writeup on short shifter installes and they JUST got a new bushing only........dont spend 75 yet...........

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    How and where did they get the new bushing? Will a t5 one drop right in then?

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    How does $35 sound for a bronze long lasting aftermarket bushing?? RPM transmissions sells them on ebay, they are good people, they sponsor my local f-bod forum!!

    Link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/T56-T...mZ330112618811

    its a sweet lil' 2 piece dealie, they put the plastic one in the bronze one and stick it in!!! That beats $75

    sorry i couldnt find anything cheaper :/
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    Yep, the T5 one is the same part. I have not read the install write-up but if they suggested replaceing the bushing without the glue step, they don't know these transmissions very well.
    A new T5 one and scotch -weld epoxy will certainly cost less than that rework stuff. Also ,I suspect the aftermarket ploy requires a teardown to install, besides being more spendy than required just for the parts.

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    teardown???? you dont havta tear the tranny apart to put a new bushing, you just stick it in the hole where the old one was.....and it will last forever.

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    If you don't glue it in, even a bronze part will not last.

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    Oh ,and to answer the q that was made earlier, the bushing is there as an isolator . A bronze part would totally defeat that function.

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    Dude its a 2 piece deal, theres a plastic bushing inside the bronze part.

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    If it has a plastic bushing why use the bronze? Why not get the factory set up AND save $?
    Dude, unless your the one selling the white elephant.

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    the bronze/plastic deal is $35, the factory bushing is $70.

    Id rather have aftermarket for cheaper.

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    Now try to follow along here as you really are having too much fun with this. The T56 bonded part is the $70 part. I don't know this for sure but it seems what at dealer would ask. What I suggested is a T5 bushing that is sold separately and it is the same plastic part. I have not checked the dealer price on that T5 part ,but I'll bet it beats the $35 bronze , non-isolated, aftermarket( may/ may not fit) piece you seem so bent on pushing.

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    The T5 piece does work, I picked one up from the local trans shop. It was just sitting with some old T5 parts so they just gave it to me.
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    Exactly. I hope you glued it in.

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    ok i gotcha, sorry.

    Btw, what do you mean by "non-isolated"?

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