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Default How To: Fix broken shift cable linkages.

Hello All!

I posted a picture of a fix I did to my MS6 shifter cables and How To was requested, so here we go!

As always, I am not responsible for any damage you might do to your car. This will be a very loose guide with a description of what I did to fix my shifter cables after breaking them while changing a seal.

Required Materials:

5/16 drill bit,
8.5mm Drill Bit
Drill
Oil
M10-1.5 Bolt, about an 1" and a half long.
Flanged Bearing (still testing sizes)
threadlock
M10-1.5 Nut (Nylock would be best)

If you are performing this fix I am going to assume you already know how to get to where the problem is. I was fixing a leaky pivot shaft seal when my linkages broke, so search and use that write up as a guide to remove the required parts.

The fix is pretty straightforward. I did not take any pictures during the process so mostly what you will see are after pictures and descriptions.

1) Drill out the nipple where the original linkages snapped on. I removed everything as shown in the pivot shaft seal. I then moved the brackets a work table where I could clamp them to make the drilling and tapping easy.

Start with the 5/16" drill bit. Remember to use oil. After drilling in far enough the nipple will separate from the bracket.

Use the 8.5mm bit to slightly enlarge the hole where the hardware was inserted.

2) Tap the hole using the M10-1.5 tap. Keep the tap as straight as possible. Remember to use oil. I chose M10 because it would require the least amount of drilling with the hole that was already present.

3) Insert the Bolt into the bracket, going in the correct direction. Tighten and much as you can, plus half a turn. In my case I decided to tack weld the bolts, so tightness did not matter.

As mentioned I decided to tack weld the bolt, and cut off the head to make it look cleaner.

4) I put everything back on the car after I installed the hardware on both brackets. I used a flanged bearing so it would hold the eyelet of the shifter cables in place.

A picture is worth a thousand words so here is what I have for you guys. I will post details about the hardware once I have it all settled. I want to do a little more testing before I settle on a proper bushing/bearing.



Final Assembly, with everything back together.


Bolt off.


Eyelet with the bearing put in. I really like the outer diameter fit.


Other side view, bearing installed.


eyelet, no hardware installed.


View of the M10 bolt installed on the bracket. You can see the tack welds.


Flanged bearing I used.


Bolt I used, M10. You can see above I ground off the head.


Video of the brackets and fix while moving through the gears.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTEF...ature=youtu.be


I know alot of part are still vague, so let me know where more details are needed. Also if someone wants to share picture of the brackets before the mod, just post them up, I'll add them to this post.

Thanks and hope some people find this post helpful.
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Thanks @lilloui05;, this might be the start of something big for our platform! How much lateral play is there in the shifter after you installed your modifications? To me, it looks like there's probably ~1" or so, given the amount of play that I have with my stock linkage ends.

Here's a video I took of my shifter to show the slop once I'm in-gear. On my car, I can move the shifter approximately 1" from side-to-side in any gear.
http://www.mazdaspeedforums.org/foru...e-mvi_0492.avi
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I just bought my first MazdaSpeed 6 and I did the pivot shaft seal. Now the stick will not move left and right. It goes up and down to each gear but I can’t get it to five and six
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I just bought my first MazdaSpeed 6 and I did the pivot shaft seal. Now the stick will not move left and right. It goes up and down to each gear but I can’t get it to five and six
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The shift cable for left/right movement probably has a broken "cone". These keep the part of the shift cable that is fused to the rod ends from deflecting under pressure (when pushing the shifter up or right). When it flexes it tends to break; like rapidly flexing a metal clothes hanger.

Get some more shift cables, pull your entire dash.. the entire dash... so you can lift the HVAC box to get to two 10mm nuts to release the shift cable center section from the firewall.
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Hey @lilloui05 I know it’s been about 5 years since this post. Wondering how well that fix ended up holding for you. Was it permanent or did it end up being temporary? My linkage broke and I’d rather just fix the linkage since the cables are still solid themselves.

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