Thanks, crooks420! I think I found something that will work (all are too long, but I suppose I can shorten one). I've ordered a couple to have one to mess around with. After having read about bearings/bushings on the mcmaster website, and looking very closely at the one in my starter, I'm convinced it's plastic. In fact, upon magnified inspection of my out of whack bushing, it's melted! I guess the moral is as duke2au said: the starter is for emergency use only. I'll let you guys know what the outcome of my bushing replacement attempt is.