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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-15-2002, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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Transfer Case Shifter

I have a 2000 TJ and shifting into 4-wheel low has been becoming a pain. Sometimes it takes me two or three tries to get it engaged, and sometimes it engages fine, but im tired of fooling with it. I have no t-case lowering kit, but I do have a body lift and I think that maybe part of the problem. Im pretty sure that it needs to be longer, but I dont know if there is a part for this. Does anybody have the same problem, or know the fix? Also it seems to do better engaging when im on level ground.
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Re: Transfer Case Shifter

From what I have heard, the shifter assembly bolts to the body on a TJ. Your body lift and a little flex could be causing the shifter to bind. There is a kit that relocates the bracket to the T-case. Hope this helps...
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Re: Transfer Case Shifter

my tj is really moody and usually i have to put it in nuteral with a person in the drivers seat pulling the shifter lever to 4 low and then bang it into 4 low with a pipe. I tried replacing some bushings but that didn't do much. I think i'm going to have to adjust my linkage or get one of those mounts that moves if off the body since i bet my body is tweaked and i know my skid plate is tweaked.

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Re: Transfer Case Shifter

Yeah, I noticed that the shifters are weird.

I got to use 4low yesterday backing the portable forge up a steep grassy hill. It didn't want to go into 4low at all, and when it did, I felt like it wanted back out!

Since the TJ is a no trail vehicle for a while (CJ will fill that void once done), I'm not too concerned, but why make the simple task so hard. My D20 shifted great, is this progress?

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Re: Transfer Case Shifter

Aside from posting on this site, I searched the web today and I think I found the answer to my problem. Skyjacker makes a new shifter bracket that doesnt attach to the body and is suppose to work in all angles. Its $52.95 for an Auto and $70.50 for a manual. Athough im not big on Skyjacker, we will see how it works cause im ordering mine tommorow.
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Re: Transfer Case Shifter

i have made a couple of these brackets....not hard... you can also do a little grinding on the stock one to make it work.
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Re: Transfer Case Shifter

I only have a 1 3/4 inch spacer lift and a 1 inch body lift. It was bad enough with just the spacers, but when I put the body lift on, it flat refused to go into 4-low (and I REFUSE to bang it with a pipe...I'll fix the problem, not cause new ones).

I bought the Skyjacker kit (the version for my 5-spd) and threw it in. Near as I can figure, the difference between the auto and manual versions is NOT the transfer case shifter bracket itself, but the additional bracket that comes with it as a new mount to hook the tranny to the "Skyjacker High Clearance Skidplate." Since I don't have one, and probably won't get one (hoping to make mine) the additional bracket is up on the shelf.

In other words, I coulda saved $20, bought the "auto" version, and been in the same position. I love the shifts much micer than even a stock TJ. No more binding, no more bitching, no more popping-out of 4-Lo.

It is nice and sturdy, nothing at all to put in, though you do need to cut, lengthen, and reweld the shifter linkage.
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