5th and 6th is still a ways to the right, as well as a little resistance, is that normal?
I'll agree with the first part, but I don't notice any more resistance than the other gears.
when going to 2nd from 1st, 2nd feels a little choppy
Yep. That's a tough gate, and I'm not sure why.
You have to hit it right on the money.
When pulling the shifter back, I push it a very slight
bit to the right and it goes in easier.
Reverse is still a , well you know.
Got that right!
I don't even grab the shifter to get it in reverse.
I "pop" it with the palm of my hand, then grab with my fingers and push forward.
For the most part, you're experiencing the "newness" of the shifter.
It should get smoother as time goes on.
If it doesn't, I'd suggest pulling it out and adding more lube.
^^^I just left myself open on that one, didn't I?