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    '84 5 spd rabbit difficult shift into 1st?

    I just bought an '84 Rabbit diesel 5 spd. I really know nothing about mechanicing, so here is my issue... on other manual rabbits I've driven, you have to push down the stick and to the left to go into reverse. However, in my car, reverse is where 1st should be (no pressing required). If I play around enough going between reverse & 2nd, I can "accidentally" get into 1st gear, but it is a pain in the rear.

    The other gears are pretty easy to shift through. I've been told I need new shift bushings. Is this all I need?

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    Yes you may need a shift kit:
    Ebay item number 270348556619

    You can order them from the cheapest provider, as they are all about the same, however, you probably need the main bushing too.

    See Ebay item 290289419726

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    Along with a short shifter kit from:



    You will enjoy shifting again and never have to reach the middle of the passenger seat again to get it in to 5th.

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