Rod Shift Linkages (020: MK1)

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SmartShift is designed for drivers who want the precision and positive feel that only a spherical bearing linkage can deliver. These systems work with all Mk1 "020" 5-speed transmissions (i.e. non-cable actuated). The 4-speeds can be upgraded, too, but that invovles a few minor modifications.

This design eliminates all of the old stud/snap connectors which are replaced with spherical rod-ends. All rotating bushings are replaced with Delrin equivalents as is the relay shaft ball. The steel weighted section is professionally powder coated with a gorgeous finish.

VW MK1 GTI ice racer: Nick Spirit studded ice race tire VW MK1 GTI ice race: Nick Spirit

Upon installation, all slop is eliminated for a virtually indestructible shifter setup. It requires little if any maintenance and provides dead-on shifting with that oh-so-nice, "click-click" feel. USRT has produced what we know is the best kit available on the market anywhere. All components are rally-grade.

USRT SmartShift MK1 VW 020 shifter upgrade

Download this installation pdf for general instructions about installing the two generations of SmartShift kits. (Or, see each product page for version-specific procedures.

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