Just picked up a 98 OBW yesterday and the shifter is super floppy even in gear. I've read that the shifter linkage bushings might be what is causing this. Doing my research, I came across these Kartboy Bushings
Yeah they're the same bushings. I've got those bushing's new and unused. I bought them along with the Kartboy short shifter. The shifter was in my 2011 WRX for about 2 months before i traded it for my OB. The bushings are still in the plastic bags. My OB is the CVT model so i don't need them anymore. The shifter and bushes will fit your OB.