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One of the most common questions we get asked is "I find it very hard to change gear on my camper"

The two most common faults are as follows :

1. A very sloppy gear stick.
The rear gearbox coupling wears out. It is located on the front end of the gearbox and is a form of the universal joint. The rubber blocks wear away and they then slop around in the cage they are located in. Hence lots of movement at the gear stick end and not a lot happening in the gearbox. About a 1 /2 hour job and easiest with two people.

2.Going from 3rd to 2nd, you end up in reverse and from 1st to 2nd can be a real adventure.
The shift plate under the gear stick becomes worn. There is a raised section to 'lockout reverse' until you push the gear stick down. Another surprise is that so few people remember to change the gearbox oil. We recommend that every 24 months or 24000 miles (whichever comes sooner) you drain and replace the gearbox oil. Regular replacement of the gearbox oil can extend the life of the box and save you the trouble and expense of replacing the gearbox for many years.


HANDY HINTS
The rear gearbox coupling can be replaced from underneath the vehicle without removing the gearbox or front or rear shift rod.

Reinstalling the gearstick

When reinstalling your gearstick the lever should be exactly vertical when placed in 2nd gear with the cranked upper section inclined at about 30 deg to the rear, sideways & middle movement measured at the lever knob with a gear engaged should not exceed 35mm.

In neutral sideways movement should not exceed 70mm. An adjustment can be made to the stick position by slackening the two bolts on the plate at the base of the stick.

Useful Parts 

 

Gear Shift Coupler Bush VW Beetle 1964 on VW T2 Bay 1967–1979

Gear Shift Coupler Bush VW Beetle 1964 on VW T2 Bay 1967–1979

Sold as singles you will require 2 of these shift coupler...

£2.95
Shift Rod Bush  Front  VW T2 1974 1979

Shift Rod Bush (Front) VW T2 1974–1979

Good quality reproduction product. Fits all VW T2s from 1...

£5.25
Gearshift Plate VW Beetle 1950 on VW T2 Split 1950 1967 VW T2 Bay 1967 1979

Gearshift Plate VW Beetle 1950 on VW T2 Split 1950–1967 VW T2 Bay 1967–1979

Located under the gearstick, if worn it can cause problem...

£5.95
Shift Rod Support Bush  Front  for VW T2 Split and Bay 1961 1979

Shift Rod Support Bush (Front) for VW T2 Split and Bay 1961–1979

This is the front shift rod support bush for the VW T2 Sp...

£6.00
Quick Shifter Plate VW Beetle 1952 on VW T2 Split 1950 1967 VW T2 Bay 1967 1979

Quick Shifter Plate VW Beetle 1952 on VW T2 Split 1950–1967 VW T2 Bay 1967–1979

Quality EMPI product. Quick shift plate. Fits all VW Beet...

£7.75
Shift Rod Support Bush  Rear  VW T2 Bay 1967 1979

Shift Rod Support Bush (Rear) VW T2 Bay 1967-1979

Fits the front of the rear shift rod on all VW T2 Bays fr...

£8.75
Rear Gearbox Coupling VW Beetle 1964 on VW T2 Bay 1967 1979

Rear Gearbox Coupling VW Beetle 1964 on VW T2 Bay 1967–1979

Fits all VW Beetles from 1964 to 1998, and VW T2s from 19...

£12.00
Gear Rod Fitting Kit VW T2 Split 1955 1967 VW T2 Bay 1967 1979

Gear Rod Fitting Kit VW T2 Split 1955-1967 VW T2 Bay 1967-1979

Complete gear rod fitting kit. Ideal for refurbishing you...

£20.00

Gearstick Options

Gearstick Extension (M12 Threads) for VW T2 Bay and Early T25 1979–1985

Gearstick Extension (M12 Threads) T2 Bay 1967–1979 T25 1979–1985

Quality Just Kampers product, exclusive to JK. Fits T2 B...

£12.50
£40.00
Empi Trigger Shifter VW T2 Split 1960 1967 VW T2 Bay 1967 1979

Empi Trigger Shifter VW T2 Split 1959–1967 VW T2 Bay 1967-1979

Move up a gear in the retro style stakes! This distinctiv...

£85.00
Gear Stick Lock VW T2 Split 1950 1967 VW T2 Bay 1967 1973

Gear Stick Lock VW T2 Split 1950-1967 VW T2 Bay 1967-1973

Simply and quick to fit this reproduction of the original...

£90.00
Scat Bus Shifter  Right Hand Drive   T2 Split 1966 1967  T2 Bay 1967 1979

Scat Bus Shifter (Right Hand Drive) T2 Split 1966–1967 T2 Bay 1967–1979

Quality Scat product. Fits all right-hand drive VW T2 Spl...

£129.95
J31658

CSP Shifter Bus '68-'79, LHD

Due to the high level of demand CSP now produces shifters...

£255.00