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Three things to consider: Does the clutch need bleeding? If clutch disengagement is inadequate there is usually one gear that will act up before the others. Maybe see if exaggerated left footwork helps or bleed the clutch? A sticky pilot bearing in the flywheel can mimic a weak clutch too.
Do you have a torn motor mount? If the engine lurches the shift linkage gets stressed and acts up.
Is the linkage adjusted properly? It only takes a small amount of misalignment to keep a gear from engaging and if it was driven that way for a long time the fifth gear components may be too damaged to ever perform well. Check and adjust if needed.
In my experience these units rarely go much over 150,000 miles before needing new pinion bearings and worn pinion bearings often cause fifth gear problems. If it was running in gear oil for a long time that doesn't help either.
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