I searched 13 pages for ax5 shifter and didnt find anything relating to what I'm looking for.
Basically my shifter doesnt have that springy feel where it should pop back to center. When in gear it has plenty of slop and when coming out of 2nd it doesnt move to where 3rd would just be a push up.
I found an article about the ax15 that talks about a bushing in the shifter housing and that you don't need to get the whole housing. shift tower oil seal part #4864226X.
there is a plastic umbrella looking thing on the bottom of your shifter and if you rest your hand on your shifter while you drive or have a heavy shift knob it will wear it out and cause play... this might be your problem... I believe your second link is the part i am talking about but i cant tell for sure if it is... ill try to get a picture of the part i am talking about
They are listed as different part numbers for the left & the right. The only difference is the amount of spring tension it applies to the shifter. The one on the passenger side applies more spring pressure to the 5th & Reverse gear positions to help avoid accidental engagement. You can use the stiffer right side style on both sides if you prefer, or you can use the softer driver's side on both sides if you want to. If you mix them up, just squeeze them with your fingers to see which one has the stouter spring.
Unless the spring is broken internally, they can usually be brought back to life with some PB Blaster & some exercise. Typically, they are rusty from exposure to water.
I went underneath and pulled the passenger side one out, and it is still springy.
Passenger side bolt controls 1 & 2 gears (easiest to get out and most likely to wear out I would think).
Driver side bolt controls 5 & R gears.
24mm or 15/16.
The passenger side isnt too bad to get to with a socket, swivel and extension, but I think my 1" BL made that do able.
Driver side you can get quite easily, but you need to remove the 4 bolts holding the TC lever bracket, it's just a RCH too close preventing it from threading out all the way. You will likely need to get the 2nd bolt on the top portion of that bracket from inside the cab.