First, thank you fte for all the useful info you've given over the years hope i can give back for once. I had extreme slop in the shifter on my f250 as described above. I replaced the shift tube assembly twice, used loctite on the two torx head bolts in the back, and still had slop in the shifter. The final time I took it apart the spring in the shift tube fell out and I noticed the spring was worn. Took apart my old man's 03 f250 (only 30000mi) still tight shifter. Spring was originally about an inch long, mine was less than 1/2. Replaced the spring and bingo brand new feel. Hope this helps. Once again thanks.
I just did this job for the second time. First was at 50k and now again at 70k. I assumed this was because I do a lot of plowing, but I know people with similar trucks that plow and have way more miles with no problems. I now know mine is way harder to shift than the others.
I disconnected the cable from the tranny to see if it was bound. The shifter is free and smooth. When I hook the cable back up it becomes very hard to shift. I was wondering if anyone has an idea of what would be binding at the tranny? If I don't fix it, I know I will be doing the shift tube over real soon.
Thanks for the help.