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Offline Wes Stephens

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Shifter bushings for California's
« on: July 21, 2016, 06:15:40 AM »
Hi to all.  my 03 Cali EV shifter linkage is getting sloppy, understandable with 110,000 plus miles,  and I seem to remember a conversation around a campfire somewhere about a plan to fabricate a set of the required bushings.  I would appreciate a lead on buying a set if they are available.   Thanks, 
Wes Stephens   :azn:

Offline twhitaker

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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2016, 06:39:12 AM »
Lee Bruns makes the bushings and is a member on this board.  :thumb:
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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2016, 06:44:02 AM »
Ace Hardware will have drawers full of bronze bushings of different sizes; you'll need to trim the length as required.  At least, for my Cal2, I was able to find exactly what I needed.


edit to add: I got in the habit of removing the levers at every tire change and giving the bushings a good coating of lubricant.
« Last Edit: July 21, 2016, 07:03:25 AM by Daniel Kalal »

Offline davedel44

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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2016, 08:04:21 AM »
Wes,

Is yours the brass bushing?

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Offline Wes Stephens

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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2016, 05:45:22 AM »
Hi Dave,  My bushings aren't brass,  something like rolled aluminum I think

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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2016, 05:58:49 AM »
Wes, Doug Elrod makes one.  John in Springfield
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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2016, 06:14:24 AM »
Thanks John,   I tried to PM Lee Burns,  but he doesn't show up under that handle.  I'll PM Doug.
Wes

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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2016, 06:59:54 AM »
Lee was last active on this board on the 19th. Do a search of members and his name will show. Click on the envelope & send him an email. I got a pair of bushings for $10 years ago.
'96 California 1100i 160,000 mi
'97 Centauro yellow 25,000 mi
'02 Champagne V11 LeMans 58,000 mi
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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2016, 07:13:29 AM »
If they're the same as my 95 Cali had then they're commonly known as Glacier Bearings after the original manufacturer. AKA Dry Cylindrical Wrapped Bush according to the British Standard (BS3547  :wink:)

Fold the old ones in on themselves to get them out and press the new ones in using a suitable bolt washer and nut as per normal bodge-it practice

I only have a UK link but it'll give you the idea

Gear shift Bell crank        http://www.bearingboys.co.uk/GB1215DX_Split_Bearing_Bush-17040-p

Gear/Brake Pedal (IIRC you need 2 of these per pedal)           http://www.bearingboys.co.uk/GB1620DX_Split_Bearing_Bush-17051-p

That being said, it didn't make a lot of difference to mine so presumably the spindle was worn or too small to start - I suspected the latter as there was no visible wear on the spindle

 
« Last Edit: July 22, 2016, 07:19:51 AM by tris »
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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2016, 07:03:33 PM »
Note that Lee's last name is Bruns, not Burns.
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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2016, 07:34:54 PM »
I bought the white plastic ones and  do not recommend them as a lot of reaming  on the inner part was necessary for them to fit      http://www.mgcycle.com/images/atrex/18252050.jpg
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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2016, 05:54:02 AM »
The originals on my '96 were black plastic that needed replacement at about 40,000 miles. Lees bronze bearings are still in there 100,000 miles later. They are a bit undersized and need honing using an emery cloth with a drill. Grease em once a year & they'll last forever.
'96 California 1100i 160,000 mi
'97 Centauro yellow 25,000 mi
'02 Champagne V11 LeMans 58,000 mi
MGNOC-11168
Dayton, OH

Offline FGO

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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2016, 04:25:06 PM »
Lee's bushings are great, had em for many years, really smooth out and tighten out the whole shifting mechanism.   I thought everyone used them....
Jon

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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2016, 06:29:14 PM »
I use Lee's also and they work great!

Tom
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Offline Lee Bruns

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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2016, 12:35:05 PM »
Thank you for the endorsements, everyone.

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Re: Shifter bushings for California's
« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2016, 03:41:47 PM »
Your local guzzi dealer could help

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