I have bushing 8A in both positions. It is tan coloured with the little flutes in it. The shift rod looks ok but when I get home today and if it isnt raining I will take a look and maybe polish it with some autosol. Is a not so smooth shift shaft the only reason it should be pushing the grease out? Ive even packed the bushing with moly grease and when ive checked it again after stiffening up it has hardly anything left in the bush and its all inside the boots instead. The uni joint looks old and possibly original but it does move. Is it a possibility that if its worn it might be causing the rod to bind in the bush if the bush is new and tighter than the old one that may have been worn and allowed more movement? I think they are ok but I cant be sure. The problem seems to be contained mainly to the centre bushing as ive had the rear half disconnected and the shifter is still hard to move. Loosening the two bolts restores the easy to move shifter but as soon as I tighten them down it stiffens up again unless its packed with grease. I havent tried lanolin but the lithium spray didnt do much when I first tried it. This makes me wonder if there is something wrong with the clearances or something with the middle bushing housing, boots or the actual bush? Also yep its a 5 speed. Are you saying the actual rubber boot could be causing the binding and thats what I should be lubing or should I be replacing the moly with lanolin spray for the actual bush? I wish it was something that simple but this was just all recently refreshed and for some reason its binding and pushing out the grease! Very annoying!