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Requires some hand & power tools and minimal mechanical knowledge.
The shift selector shaft in your Vanagon came from the factory with small vulcanized rubber "ears." Over the years, these ears get worn away or broken completely off, and that really affects your shifting. We used to recommend that people use heat shrink tubing to "build back" these ears and that was a good temporary fix, since there was no other option available (other than finding a less-worn shift shaft). See additional photos for visual detail.
This high-quality replacement kit is a game-changer, as far as your shift selector shaft is concerned. Kit includes everything you need to fix those tabs once and for all. If you've already installed our rear shifter fix kit and our front gear shifter repair kit, this is the next logical step to shifting magic!
NOTE: Our kit includes the needed epoxy for the job!
Made in the USA.
Cool fact: These parts are 3D printed in super durable glass-filled nylon.
Now, you may be wondering: Why is there no metal pin like before? By making the shifter tabs out of a plastic that is compatible with adhesive, the pins are no longer needed. This equals added savings, which we pass along to you!
• 1980-91 2WD and 4WD Vanagons.
• Early-model Vanagons (pre-1984ish) have a single tab on the shift selector shaft. You can simply use the smaller of the two tabs.
• This kit will ONLY work in vehicles with 4-speed manual transaxles.
Plug 'n' Play — Requires no or basic hand tools and no mechanical knowledge.
Handy — Requires some hand & power tools and minimal mechanical knowledge.
DIY — Requires a full tool set and broad mechanical knowledge.
Pro — Requires professional-level tools, talent and experience.