What is causing our MR2’s shift linkage to keep binding?

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Update by J.G. Pasterjak to the Toyota MR2 Turbo project car
Jan 5, 2024 | Toyota, MR2, MR2 Turbo, Shift Linkage, MR2Heaven

It would be nice if we could shift our MR2’s gears, right?

In the last update on our 2GR V6-swapped 1991 Toyota MR2, we left things hanging a bit after we installed the shift linkage and rebuilt the transmission bell crank. We had smooth actuation of the cables, but the linkage seemed to be binding.

Once we removed the linkage, …

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eurichs07
eurichs07 GRM+ Member
1/5/24 1:29 p.m.

My 1991 MR2 with a 2GR/S54 also seems to bind shifting from 1st to 2nd. I thought it was maybe a combination of my syncros and the higher 7200 rpm readline.  I also have MR2Heaven cables with spherical ends, drop plate, adjustable shift lever and solid shifter mounts. Guess I will have to look into shortening the cable if that seemed to help you.  Are you using a S54 or E153 transmission?

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
1/5/24 1:59 p.m.
eurichs07 said:

My 1991 MR2 with a 2GR/S54 also seems to bind shifting from 1st to 2nd. I thought it was maybe a combination of my syncros and the higher 7200 rpm readline.  I also have MR2Heaven cables with spherical ends, drop plate, adjustable shift lever and solid shifter mounts. Guess I will have to look into shortening the cable if that seemed to help you.  Are you using a S54 or E153 transmission?

E153. 

If the stick moves side to side just fine but front to back is an issue, yeah, check that passenger side cable. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/6/24 3:45 p.m.

I'll just sit here and marvel at the bolts and cables on that shifter that are cad plating colored instead of rusted all to heck.

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