Last weekend while on a 600 mile road trip, I did a u-turn to hit a place to eat, and when I shifted up to 2nd my linkage rod popped off at the ball. It was Saturday night so I limped back about a block to my hotel. The ball had worn out the socket on the joint and came apart. I tried to swage it back with pliers with no success. I ended up pushing the ball into the socket and held it in place while I put 2 heavy duty Zip-ties on. Worked like a champ and made it the next 150 miles home no problem. After taking a look when I got home I realized what a chintzy piece of crap it was to begin with. I hopped on the net and ordered 2 new heim/ball joints from Mcmaster Carr. 5/16-24 thread with a 5/16" hole. Shipping and parts to my house for a tad over 20 bucks the the day after. A perfect replacement. I reused my stock rod and I put the front joint behind the lever instead of the front and the rear one to the outside as stock. This straightened up the shift angle. Used stainless hardware and a stainless nylock nut on the front with a lockwasher. What I did not anticipate was that the rear bolt for the tranny lever was 5/16-24 instead of 18. Ran to Lowes and got a stainless bolt. Blue loctite on all the threads, Job is all done, better than new.