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I own a W124 (VIN WDB1240431A600969 Model 230 CE ) which i bought one year ago.
The car came with an auto tranny, 4 spd, that was not working properly. I swapped it with a 5 speed, long input shaft manual gearbox, single mass flywheel.

Problem is that the shifter assembly came from a 5 spd, short input shaft, dual mass gearbox and it would't line up,the three levers i mean. Gear changing was almost impossible.

I also bought one shifter assembly from a 5spd long input shaft which also didn't line up.
So i decided to adjust each shifter lever so that all 3 of them will be lined up in neutral position.
I did this using a 6mm hex screw which i ran through the aligning holes under the shifter; then i unscrewed each lever end and adjust it so they would line up.

I also changed the 3 small bushings on the levers, couldn't find the big ones on the gearbox levers tough but they don't seem extremely worn out.

The shifting is better then before BUT sometimes i have to fiddle with the shifter to engage first gear and if i quickly change from first to second it makes that pinion on pinion noise that you hear when you don't fully depress the clutch pedal.
Third gear also feels sketchy sometimes. Revers gear is hard to engage and makes a horrible noise from the gearbox.

Where did i go wrong with this? The pressure plate is in good working order and the clutch engages nicely half-way on its travel.

Sorry for the long post but it is really annoying not to be able to shift nicely in a very busy traffic and i really don't want to damage the gearbox.
 

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Hi there,
I own a W124 (VIN WDB1240431A600969 Model 230 CE ) which i bought one year ago.
The car came with an auto tranny, 4 spd, that was not working properly. I swapped it with a 5 speed, long input shaft manual gearbox, single mass flywheel.

Problem is that the shifter assembly came from a 5 spd, short input shaft, dual mass gearbox and it would't line up,the three levers i mean. Gear changing was almost impossible.

I also bought one shifter assembly from a 5spd long input shaft which also didn't line up.
So i decided to adjust each shifter lever so that all 3 of them will be lined up in neutral position.
I did this using a 6mm hex screw which i ran through the aligning holes under the shifter; then i unscrewed each lever end and adjust it so they would line up.

I also changed the 3 small bushings on the levers, couldn't find the big ones on the gearbox levers tough but they don't seem extremely worn out.

The shifting is better then before BUT sometimes i have to fiddle with the shifter to engage first gear and if i quickly change from first to second it makes that pinion on pinion noise that you hear when you don't fully depress the clutch pedal.
Third gear also feels sketchy sometimes. Revers gear is hard to engage and makes a horrible noise from the gearbox.

Where did i go wrong with this? The pressure plate is in good working order and the clutch engages nicely half-way on its travel.

Sorry for the long post but it is really annoying not to be able to shift nicely in a very busy traffic and i really don't want to damage the gearbox.
You have to get the shifter assembly from a car that had the same gearbox as you have now because the shift patterns for all the different gearboxes are different.
What is the model number of your gearbox? Should be 717.4XX. Once you know the model number of the transmission, find the shifter assembly for it. Your shifting problems will go away.


Some advice for going into reverse...keep the car in gear until you come to a complete stop. If you depress clutch and pop out of gear, the gears inside the transmission are still spinning and reverse will ALWAYS grind. Best to depress clutch and have the car in gear until a complete stop THEN go into reverse.
 
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