When I first drove Kombis I had enjoyed the memories of previous gearboxes I had learn't to drive on........Mini Clubman, Morris 1500... When Marley was being done up I decided to also add Bling to the Kombi and obtain a SCAT shifter. I heard that the bushes needed to be replaced as the shifter was very unforgiving and a little slop in the gear linkage bushes would cause a lot of problems especially second gear. Unfortunately the bushes didn't get replaced when my resto was done and as I could still change gears with the SCAT shifter only occasionaly not getting second I coped until a few months ago when my son was learning to drive and couldn't make the change from 3rd to 2nd. At this stage I had also met some local boys into racing beetles.......when they drove my Kombi to do some work for me they told me they hated my SCAT shifter and I should change the bushes. Despite the fact you are meant to drop the engine out to change all the bushes you can do all by doing it in stages which I did. Alas though after I changed every bush and greased and changed rubber boots the scat shifter was still impossible for my son. So I bought an Empi shifter to see if he could manage this.......When I took the SCAT shifter out I found this. I compared it to the Empi shifter I had bought and put a vernier across the ball at the end. The SCAT had a ground down hex bolt that went from 17-18mm depending which hexagonal was prominent the Empi had a ball of 22mm . Roy can I purchase a new ball and socket for the SCAT because I am sure that it is the cause of some of the difficulties.....I should have the reciept still from the original purchase.