You can install heim joint ends on the stock rod as well.Then reliability:
- Shift linkage replace with a better unit that has heim joints. And you do not have to pay the HD prices... you can find these on ebay for less than 30.00
The stock setup is crap, but easily fixed to be better than new.
Get a couple heim joints and you can improve the stock shifter rod.
You can get em thru Amazon
Amazon.com: Aurora Bearing Company CW-5S; 5/16"-24 Stud - RH / Rod End Thread - RH: Automotive
Have a couple sitting on my desk, for when I need something to do this winter.
Learned something new :thumbYou can install heim joint ends on the stock rod as well.