Re: 97 Accord shifting hard
First thing I always do is check the transmission oil and replace it.
Is it shifting hard in all gears or just from 1-2nd and/or 2-3rd?
I had harsh shifts on my car from 1-2nd and 2-3rd, changed the transmission oil to original Honda ATF-Z1 and shifts became alot smoother. I not sure about the reverse gear problem you're having, might be a clutch problem and linked to the harsh shifts but then again I'm not a transmission specialist.