1st/2nd Syncros going out?
Well my 5-speed is deciding to really crap out on me lately. I had been wanting to swap out the Transmission for a T5 or similar so it feels more like a car and also since it has 292k on it but the truck has other plans now... The last few weeks the first and second gear are very hard to engage. I changed out the ATF and it helped some, but came right back. First gear is still a lot better but 2nd is getting worse. while at 2500 RPMs i usually shift to 2nd (I'm in no rush, motor sounds like it wants to die if i go to 3500 anyways) and it will NOT engage. I usually "baby" the gears until they slide it, but it won't do that anymore. Its almost like something is physically blocking it. I have to force it in to engage 2nd gear and only after reving to 3000. Once it goes in it isn't a great noise either. It isn't a loud grinding but more like a soft meshing noise. Basically if your truck is off and you just shift into gears like that, just louder.
Now even if the truck is off it doesn't slide into gear like butter. 4th, 5th and reverse are pretty smooth, 3rd is okay. 1st and 2nd take several times and then start to slide well. Now since nothing spinning that wouldn't be syncros, possible bearings for the slide rails and forks? I'm no master mechanic, just a DIY with major OCD and can't leave well enough alone but that's where I'm left at for a diagnosis. Either way the Trans has to be pulled off to inspect. Any input would be great.