You say this is just a straight piece with a simple eye on one end, how can it go bad? Well, it is one of the most common wear points in the clutch linkage. As the hole elongates with use- the adjustment range is decreased to the point where the clutch will no longer disengage. Replace this as one of your first clutch maintenance items! Fits both Verto and pre-Verto.
Srock pushrod measures from the center of the pin hole to the tip is approx. 3.25"