With gear selection, especially while racing, you should feel pretty confident that you are selecting the gear you believe you need to engage.
Not the case this past weekend at Lime Rock Historics 31.
My bushing went from a loose but defined shifter, like a spoon in hot tapioca. To, for my last two races like a straw in water. Nothing to it.
I found out why today.
That nub of plastic pictured that looks like it was a chew toy for a Pekinese was my shift rod bushing. It degraded to the point it fell below the socket it runs in. Combine that with a three part rod with multiple loose bolts and it needed some love.
Ahh, cheap parts. An overhaul kit cost $29. And, it took about 2 hours to install. And hour of which was removing the snap ring on the shift rod.
In the first image. You can see the biggest of the new bushings, it is at least twice as big as the chewed up one.