As many owners of manual 430’s, I experienced also difficulties to shift with precision or shifting irregularities. My shifter had some side to side play (wiggle) but worst, it wasn’t going back in the centre position in front of the 3/4th shift position. After the second gear, I had to bring myself the shifter to the centre, and shift the 3rd gear. These problems are very common on all manual 360’s and 430’s.
One of the issues is the fork or also called bushing which is part of the shifter. This part is in plastic and sooner or later will break. Fortunately, Hill Engineering make a billet aluminium bushing which should last forever (sold also by Daniel – Ricambi). The other issue I found out is the lack of good quality grease. Several plastic and metallic parts acting on each other, will suffer quickly from the lack of grease.
To find out if you have such shifting issues, try this : in neutral centre position, wiggle side to side. If you have play, the bushing is most likely broken. Another typical symptom are the difficulties to shift from 1st to 2th gear and from 5th to 6th gear.
The purpose of this is guide is to help people who are rather “hands-on” and who would like to improve the shifting. Rather than writing long paragraphs of text, I prefer to demonstrate the DIY through many pictures. Each picture of each step is quite self-explanatory. I added also a couple tips to help getting everything back together (the most difficult part).
The entire operation can be done in the car as there is no need to remove the entire shift assembly. But as your hands will get very greasy, protect seats and the centre console with lots of rags.
This guide can also be used for the 360 but the centre console removal is slightly different. Although, the shifter system is identical.
These pictures show one of the symptoms of my shifter. In neutral, it is not going into the centre.
The first step is to remove the shift ball. Loosen the 17mm nut below it and unscrew the ball.
Remove the 4 screws of the shift gate.
Remove the screw inside the ashtray and remove it.
Remove the 2 connectors under the ashtray.
Remove the “10” nut marked in the red circle.
Slide your hand under the console and push the small long leather panel upwards. This panel is simply glued with double side tape.
Now you’ll see a screw as marked in the red circle. Remove this screw.
Remove the smaller leather panel at the back of the console behind the handbrake. You can use any kind of plastic tool but be careful not to chow the leather. This panel is also glued with double side tape.
Remove the torx screw under it as indicated in the picture
Cut the clip that hold the leather around the handbrake. You can replace it later with any new one. Leave the handbrake in the maximum brake position.
Remove the control panel containing the mirror controls/cigarette light outlet/hazards/P light from under the console. As show on the picture, this panel is hold by several metalic clips.
Slide out this control panel through it’s hole space and put it on the side. There is no really need to remove the connectors.
Now slide out the entire console towards the front. Make sure not to scratch the dashboard while doing this.
We are now ready to start doing the real shifter job.