Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southington, Conn.
Think I figured out why either the brass or the stock nylon bushings wear so quickly. My 04 Kingpin had 44,000 miles and never had an issue with the bushings. My 2011 has 5000 mi. and the slop was ridiculous. Why the difference? The 04 had the heel-toe with pegs on both ends so when shifting the pressure is pretty much straight down. The 2011 has that small foot plate on the back, I guess for more foot room on the floor board. When shifting only the right side of your heel will be on the plate with the rest of your foot hanging off. It only stands to reason the the force of the foot will push sideways against the shift arm causing excess force on the bushing resulting in premature wear. If mine are indicative of the way others have worn, it's not an even wear all the way around but one side of the shifter and wore mostly in one spot.
I will say with the new bushings there is no wobble in the shift arm and shifts do feel more positive.