Re: wobbly shifter
I have a parts book for 1986, 1987, 1988 Samurai and the Lever, gear shifting control 28101-83012 is listed. Washer 09164-24003 is next which I remeber as a metal washer. Cover, lever case is next which has 3 holes for bolts with part number changing with VIN.
Dealer looks at price book to see if part is available.
Ace Hardware is across the street and dealer is 300 miles away.
I think 10 cents for the slip washer and 10 minutes to adapt it for use is a great deal. Much better than what was posted 2 years ago that he spent about 75.00 USD for parts to adapt newer model shift lever to fix your problem with dealer parts. He said dealer couldn't get the 87 shift lever assembly. (I don't know if that is true.)
I would make the part even if dealer had it because it is less bother as I did with the lever locating bolt. My goal is get it working cheap, quick and easy not restore it to stock condition for show. It really cost me 20 cents to make the part because it took 2 tries.