My biggest issue with the transmission is the slight crunching going into 2nd when it's cold out. Otherwise it's been acceptable, but I don't think it's a stellar shifting transmission, crunch or not.
Interesting, I really wonder what is causing that. It doesn't happen on all MT-82s. Really, probably a small percentage over all. Normally, the Red Line seems to be fixing it. And, if it's a fluid thing, why are people changing out the shifter and fixing this? Anyway, I wish you luck in getting yours to work as it should.