I ran into the same issue with my 1.25 BL, 1" MML.
I pulled the actual shifter out, heated it up and bent it. Did that 4 years ago. Still works perfect.
I have the RC X-series 4" lift, as well as a SYE and new rear DS. Still 0 issues.
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