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Mk4 & Mk5 Shifter Cable Bushings Fitment Guide

Thus far, VW has equipped the Mk4 & Mk5 chassis with 7 different shifter linkage combinations. We have narrowed down these changes to production years, but it's very important that you look at your linkage before ordering. Many years share the same parts, but the differences between the full sets are enough to cause frustration on your day off. Here's how it breaks down:
Please select your model and click to verify the exact components on your vehicle

Important Clarification

The drawings in this article depict the 2 shapes of endlinks encountered in the Mk4 and Mk5 chassis. Pin sizes will differ from shape to shape, and within the shape. Bushing shapes don't always match the external shape of the endlink!
The endlink to the right is the RECTANGULAR endlink. The bushings we have created to fit this endlink are rectangular and fit within the inner contours of the endlink.

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The endlink to the right is the SQUARE endlink. The bushings we have created to fit this endlink are ROUND and fit within a round contour hidden by the rubber bushing. Once the rubber bushing is removed, the round inner contours are revealed

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VW Mk4 Jetta, Golf, GTI

5 & 6 Speed | 2002.5 - 2005biground.jpgsmallround.jpg

Compatibilty Warning

During model year 2002 VW ditched the ball/socket style endlinks and shifter linkage in favor of simple pin/clip style connections. The old style endlinks and shifter linkage, pictured below will not accept our shifter bushings. If you have an early Mk4, the only option is to upgrade your linkages and end links to the pin/clip style.

The Mk4 front/back endlink is square and accepts a version of our round bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 10mm. This front/back endlink connects directly to the weighted shift linkage. It is used on all mk4 5 & 6 speed transmissions after 2002.5.

The Mk4 side/side endlink is square and accepts a version of our round bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 8mm. This side/side endlink connects directly to the metal side/side linkage. It is used on all mk4 5 & 6 speed transmissions after 2002.5.

What could be different on my car?

You may have the ball/socket style endlinks, regardless of vehicle model year. VW did not make the change abruptly. In our research we've found almost all Mk4 generation cars switched to the pin/clip style endlinks during 2002. If your car matches the specs above, you need the following shifter bushing kit: VW Shifter Bushing Set - Mk4 5/6S MY02-05 Part # 42-455-001

Downloadable Installation Instructions

Audi TT Mk1

5 & 6 Speed | 2002.5 - 2006 | 180FWD, 180Q, and 225Qbiground.jpgsmallround.jpg

Compatibilty Warning

During model year 2002 VW/Audi ditched the ball/socket style endlinks and shifter linkage in favor of simple pin/clip style connections. The old style endlinks and shifter linkage, pictured below will not accept our shifter bushings. If you have an early Mk1 TT, the only option is to upgrade your linkages and end links to the pin/clip style.

The Mk1 TT front/back endlink is square and accepts a version of our round bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 10mm. This front/back endlink connects directly to the weighted shift linkage. It is used on all Mk1 TT 5 & 6 speed transmissions after 2002.5.

The Mk1 TT side/side endlink is square and accepts a version of our round bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 8mm. This side/side endlink connects directly to the metal side/side linkage. It is used on all mk1 TT 5 & 6 speed transmissions after 2002.5.

What could be different on my car?

You may have the ball/socket style endlinks, regardless of vehicle model year. VW/Audi did not make the change abruptly. In our research we've found almost all Mk1 TT's switched to the pin/clip style endlinks during 2002. If your car matches the specs above, you need the following shifter bushing kit: Audi Shifter Bushing Set - Mk1 TT 5/6S MY02-06 Part # 42-455-003

Downloadable Installation Instructions

VW Mk5 Jetta, Golf, Rabbit

5 Speed | 2006-2007rectangularbushing.jpgsmallround.jpg

The 2006-2007 Mk5 5 speed front/back endlink is rectangular and accepts a version of our rectangular bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 8.5mm. This front/back endlink connects directly to the weighted shift linkage. It is used on all Mk5 5 speed transmissions.

The 2006-2007 Mk5 5 speed side/side endlink is square and accepts a version of our round bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 8mm. This side/side endlink connects directly to the metal side/side linkage. It is used on all mk5 5 speed transmissions in 2006-2007.

What could be different on my car?

VW has been pretty consistent with the 2.5 5 speed cars. Lookout for your side/side bracket to be made of plastic. 2008+ cars switch to plastic brackets which use different bushings. It's possible late 2007 cars could use this plastic bracket. If your car matches the specs above, you need the following shifter bushing kit: VW Shifter Bushing Set - Mk5 5S MY06-07 Part # 42-455-011

Downloadable Installation Instructions

VW Mk5 Jetta, Golf, Rabbit

5 Speed | 2008-2009rectangularbushing.jpgplasticround.jpg

The 2008-2009 Mk5 5 speed front/back endlink is rectangular and accepts a version of our rectangular bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 8.5mm. This front/back endlink connects directly to the weighted shift linkage. It is used on all Mk5 5 speed transmissions.

The 2008-2009 Mk5 5 speed side/side endlink is square and accepts a version of our round bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 10mm. This side/side endlink connects directly to the plastic side/side linkage. It is used on all mk5 5 speed transmissions in 2008-2009.

To work around the flaws of a plastic side/side linkage, our kit includes more than just two bushings. Our bushings are sized to properly space the endlink and lack the internal bronze bearing. We include a pair of bronze thrust washers, a bolt to strengthen the pivot pin, and all hardware necessary for installation. This kit is specific to the Mk5 5 speed bracket found on 2008-2009 cars.

What could be different on my car?

Not much. VW has been fairly consistent with the shifter linkage changes in the 2.5 5 speed cars. 2010 owners watch out - we suspect VW is moving back to a metal side/side bracket with a pin size unique to the new bracket. If your car matches the specs above, you need the following shifter bushing kit: VW Shifter Bushing Set - Mk5 5S MY08-09 Part # 42-455-013

Downloadable Installation Instructions

VW Mk5 Jetta GLI, GTI

6 Speed | 2006biground.jpgsmallround.jpg

The 2006 Mk5 front/back endlink is square and accepts a version of our round bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 10mm. This front/back endlink connects directly to the weighted shift linkage. It is used on all Mk5 6 speed transmissions in 2006.

The 2006 Mk5 6 speed side/side endlink is square and accepts a version of our round bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 8mm. This side/side endlink connects directly to the metal side/side linkage. It is used on all mk5 6 speed transmissions in 2006.

What could be different on my car?

The 2006 Mk5 6 speed cars are using the same endlinks as the Mk4, connected to the new 6 speed linkages. Somewhere between 2006 and 2007 the front/back endlink and linkage was changed to the rectangular endlink. Watch out for this change. Late 2006 cars could have the 2007 rectangular endlink. If your car matches the specs above, you need the following shifter bushing kit: VW Shifter Bushing Set - Mk5 6S MY06 Part # 42-455-005

Downloadable Installation Instructions

VW Mk5 Jetta GLI, GTI

6 Speed | 2007rectangularbushing.jpgsmallround.jpg

The 2007 Mk5 6 speed front/back endlink is rectangular and accepts a version of our rectangular bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 8.5mm. This front/back endlink connects directly to the weighted shift linkage. It is used on all Mk5 6 speed transmissions in 2007.

The 2007 Mk5 6 speed side/side endlink is square and accepts a version of our round bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 8mm. This side/side endlink connects directly to the metal side/side linkage. It is used on all mk5 6 speed transmissions in 2007.

What could be different on my car?

Lookout for your side/side bracket to be made of plastic. 2008+ cars switch to plastic brackets which use different bushings. It's possible late 2007 cars could use this plastic bracket. If your car matches the specs above, you need the following shifter bushing kit: VW Shifter Bushing Set - Mk5 6S MY07 Part # 42-455-007

Downloadable Installation Instructions

VW Mk5 Jetta GLI, GTI

6 Speed | 2008-2009rectangularbushing.jpgplasticround.jpg

The 2008-2009 Mk5 6 speed front/back endlink is rectangular and accepts a version of our rectangular bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 8.5mm. This front/back endlink connects directly to the weighted shift linkage. It is used on all Mk5 6 speed transmissions in 2008-2009.

The 2008-2009 Mk5 6 speed side/side endlink is square and accepts a version of our round bushing. The pin diameter is roughly 10mm. This side/side endlink connects directly to the plastic side/side linkage. It is used on all mk5 6 speed transmissions in 2008-2009.

To work around the flaws of a plastic side/side linkage, our kit includes more than just two bushings. Our bushings are sized to properly space the endlink and lack the internal bronze bearing. We include a pair of bronze thrust washers, bolts to strengthen the pivot pins, and all hardware necessary for installation. This kit is specific to the Mk5 6 speed bracket found on 2008-2009 cars.

What could be different on my car?

2010 owners watch out - we suspect VW is moving back to a metal side/side bracket with a pin size unique to the new bracket. If your car matches the specs above, you need the following shifter bushing kit: VW Shifter Bushing Set - Mk5 6S MY08-09 Part # 42-455-009

Downloadable Installation Instructions

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