After 3 hours on my back trying to get the new shifter bushing in place, I talked to an independent dealer friend in town this am and his main wrench says he pulls the linkage off. I'll give it another try today and hopefully everything will work out.
FYI, the problem on a 4matic is that the propeller shaft coming from the xfer case to the front diff is directly under the linkage and makes access most difficult.
BTW, I like the new website!!