Maintenance Log 2: Shift Lever Regrease + Car Garage Amis Shift Collar install

Maintenance Log 2: Shift Lever Regrease + Car Garage Amis Shift Collar install

Recently I noticed that the shifting in my S2k is feeling a bit notchy compared to when I first bought the car. After a bit of reading, I read numerous threads that mention regreasing the shift for better shifting feel. The reason for this is that over time the grease that lubricates the point where the shifter pivots become contaminated and dirty, this, as a result, makes shifting not smooth.

This is a maintenance log, not a DIY, so please see this s2ki thread for a proper DIY.

What you need:
Honda Urea Grease, Honda Part Number # 8798-9002
Plastic bushing aka Change Lever Ball, Honda Part Number #54110-S2A-003
Car Garage Amis Shifter Collar (Optional)
Or OEM plastic collar, Honda Part number 54111-S2A-003

Optional Optional* You can replace the foam piece, the plastic ring that clips in the rubber cover, and even the spring that disengages the reverse lockout…. I don’t have part numbers for this… feel free to look at it on the Majestic Honda Webpage


My car is getting old and the plastic ball has seen lots of use…. I replaced it with his JDM option by tuner, Car Garage Amis.  A few other JDM tuners make shifter collars such as  ARROWS, Seeker, and Stradale.  The JDM option is made from metal opposed to the oem plastic.  Although my Mechanical engineering friend assures me that this is made from the wrong type of material, I still put my trust in the JDM tuning companies……


The jar of Honda Super Hi Temp Urea Grease.  Only the best OEM parts!

This is the “Change Lever Ball” essentially a plastic bushing that the shift lever pivots on…. I noticed it was loose on my shifter and had a fair amount of play.  This should be tight on the shift lever with no play.

You might have noticed by now that the shift collar is already on my shift lever.  The reason is, I replaced this shift collar a few months ago, but I didn’t replace the plastic piece above it.  To replace the collar, pop it off clean it up real good and liberally apply the urea grease.  It’s best to do these together at the same time.

It took some force, but with lots of patience the plastic piece came off.

Once the change lever ball was off, be sure to give it a good clean to get rid of all the dirty grease and relubricate.

Once the shifter is properly cleaned and lubricated with fresh Urea grease.  Pop on the new plastic piece.  Pro tip* Be sure to orient this in the correct direction, the shifter should be bent facing the driver, you do not want this in backwards!  I laid on some more grease and reinstalled the lever back into the transmission.

After the shift lever was reassembled and all the bolts were torqued down.  It took a few shifts to get everything settled.

Final thoughts, since I drove the car with just the shift collar installed by itself and then with the new change lever ball plastic piece installed. The upgraded metal Car Garage Amis shift collar made a small difference in shifting feel, but additionally upgrading the change lever ball was a significant increase in shifting feel.

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Maintenance Log 1: Cabin Air Filter and Vtec Solenoid Gaskets

I’m starting a new segment, I’m going to use these maintenance logs to keep track of my maintenance.

It’s a reality, my S2k is over 15 years old if you can believe that…. and with that age comes great maintenance.

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When I changed out my Cam gears, noticed this oil leak on my timing cover…..This is what prompted me to take a closer look at my o-rings. I know my O-rings on my Timing Chain Tensioner are good since I replaced that not too long ago

This is what prompted me to take a closer look at my o-rings. I know my O-rings on my Timing Chain Tensioner are good since I replaced that not too long ago.

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I figured the gaskets on my Vtec solenoid needed to be changed since they are on the hot side of the engine near the exhaust manifold, the heat tends to accelerate rubber wear.  Removing the VTEC solenoid is only 3 10mm bolts…..

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I ordered this OEM Honda VTEC solenoid gasket from this eBayer seller in the picture.

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As you can see my VTEC solenoid gasket was brittle and flat……

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Since I was replacing the main gasket on the VTEC solenoid, I went ahead and replaced the Upper VTEC solenoid gasket too.  However, Honda does not sell this piece separately. Before you would have to buy a whole new VTEC solenoid just to get this gasket, but now they are some sellers that sell this gasket alone. I also bought this one off of eBay….. This gasket alone was almost $30 😦 I think I only paid around $10 for the lower VTEC gasket…. There is a definitely market for this since a complete new VTEC Solenoid is around $200+

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The old brittle gasket on the left and the new gasket on the Upper VTEC Solenoid.

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Another shot of it on the Upper VTEC Solenoid

Next item of maintenance, replacing the Air Cabin Filter. I’ve been wanting to replace this unit for awhile now, but it keeps slipping my mind. I was on amazon and I figured why not, it’s only $10.45 with free amazon prime shipping. Typically I buy OEM HONDA for everything, but the ease and time savings of amazon prime, it was too hard to pass up. Worst case scenario I could always run it for a bit and then buy an OEM unit in the future…..

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TYC Air Cabin filter comes with detailed instructions with pictures.

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Cabin Filter is located under the dash cowel on the passenger side. Typically there is a weather strip on the dash cowel, but it is not there because of the body shop that worked on my car never replaced it after they worked on my car…..just another thing they fucked up on…. please see my thoughts here and here about this body shop….

Check out my new Odyssey PC680 battery I got free from my friend! Just in the nick of time too, I had to give up my Optima Yellow top to my IS300 since that car’s battery died.

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As you can see, my old battery tie down was all rusted so I bought another amazon special…..a billet battery tie down…. It was only $10 and of course free amazon prime shipping…. I promise you won’t be seeing any more amazon parts on this car!

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The Cabin Filter lies in here.  The filter element is encased in a plastic enclosure.  All that is replaced is the paper element inside the enclosure.

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This is what came out of the car…. I believe this is the original Cabin Filter. My car is an 2001 model year so about 15 years of dust is built up on this. This car has also been to more than 8 states coast to coast

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I swapped in the cabin air filter into the plastic enclosure…..

OEM or not, anything is better than what I had before. The part fit in perfectly, I have no complaints, now I can breathe in fresher air!