I decided to use 3/16" nylon as a bearing since I had some and I need to move forward for the inspection. Once the metal bearing is unbolted, the torque tube can be pulled forward and out of the airplane. The front stop and control stick were removed. I'm going to keep it lubed with white lithium grease or similar.
Steve Smith mentioned wear on the front bearing. My concern was placing the new nylon bearing in behind the stop ring and moving the torque tube forward. I have a 60mm strip of nylon and cut a piece 50mm x 60mm. 50mm will fit inside the existing bearing.
Drilled the 1 1/8" hole before I cut to size so I could have something
to clamp to on the drill press. Cut to size 50mm x 60mm and predrilled 2 rivet holes, top and bottom. Placed over the torque tube and backdrilled through the metal bearing. Then I moved it inside and riveted. You can see the wear line from the metal bearing, the stop ring isn't installed in this picture.
I got lucky and there was enough space under the rivets for the front shim, might be better to put rivets in the corners of the nylon bearing. Don't forget about the shim!
I can feel the difference and it is smooth, no metal to metal contact, so far.