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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-20-2007, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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TF 999/904 linkage

I just installed a fresh 258 w/4.0 head and 88-90 cherokee exhaust manifold. The stock auto linkage won't work and will interfere with the the exhaust. I found a cable shift linkage from Ididit Cable Shift Linkage Kit

The new cable shift costs $150 and I am pretty cheap plus this is a cost I overlooked inthe swap and a major headache. Tomorrow I am going to monkey around with the linkage and see if I can turn it backards and make it work. This swap is pretty common has anyone else else w/ an auto figured this out without spending $$$?

On an additional not my exhaust down tube seems like it will be close to engine. I can get my large hand in between the engine and the manifold but it seems somewhat tight and a weird angle. Anyone one else run into these problems? I think I will be able to re-use the stock kickdown cable and maybe the shift linkage if I can successfully flip (turn around) the shift linkage.

This is an expense I didn't even consider in the swap. I hope I can make the stock setup work. I have to pay for Browns season tickets as pathic as that sounds by May 1. $450 including two bogus pre-season tickets ($90) that I never go to. This time of the year sucks.

Anyone else run into this?

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Well I broke out the torch today and bent my stock linkage to clear the 87-90 cherokee stock manifold. I have clearance now but still got to do a little tweaking to make it smooth.

Anyone doing a 4.0 head sawp w/ an auto don't overlook your shift linkages they will be in the way of the downpipe. At least w/ a 87-90 manifold.

Additionally, the power steering bracket needed shaved (all the way to the captive nut plus most of the nuts corner) to clear the 87-90 stock cherokee manifold. Just another issue not well represented in any write-ups.

One problem possibly solved on to the next......

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That's pretty much typical of most any swap. For every big problem there are ten little ones. It always tickles me when someone says "Just put in the (other side) drop transfer case and front axel to go with it. Yeah, right.

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That's pretty much typical of most any swap. For every big problem there are ten little ones. It always tickles me when someone says "Just put in the (other side) drop transfer case and front axel to go with it. Yeah, right.


You can accomplish anything in the world with two little words. Just and merely. "Just" flip the transfer case and "merely" install a different axle, and drive away. See how easy that was?
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