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Unread 12-26-2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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Transfer case drama

I am having a transfer case drama. I have a 94 XJ 4.0 AW4 SE that should have a 231 but has a 242 (np242J 5300 7856 3 13 92 1)? It doesn't like to stay in 4wd low, feels like it's skipping the chain or engagement dogs. I was going to pull it out and then discovered that the 242 has 5 positions and the 231 has four so I have a 231 shift gate and 242 transfer case. I tried to adjust the linkage but it's a salt car and the adjuster is rusted solid on the rod.

I am thinking what I need is the shift gate from a 242 equipped XJ? Or to put a 231 back in it. I have an np231 (np231J 5300 8208 10 23 89) out of a 90 XJ but it's cable and vacuum and the 94 is all electric.

I was thinking about a Novak shift linkage but that will not handle weather I need a shift gate for the 242? Any data?

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Unread 12-26-2012, 11:16 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure the linkage is the same for a 242 and a 231. Might need to move the adjuster though...
96 ZJ Laredo, 4.0, 242, 230K
95 ZJ Limited, 4.0, 242, 140K
98 XJ Sport, 4.0, 231, 140K
All work well
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Unread 12-27-2012, 08:55 AM   #3
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Yes, a 242 shift gate will help. Stop by the junkyard and find some non-rusty linkage parts. Adjust the linkage for smooth shifting.

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Unread 12-27-2012, 10:58 AM   #4
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Once I get the adjuster to move ( rusted) I am left with the question of weather the 231 shift gate has enough throw to operate the 242 in 2wheel hi and 4 wheel low? Is the 4WDFT an added position in the same range from front to back on the shifter or is the 242 gate longer? Im looking for the correct gate today, just wondering if I should even run it until the 242 gate.
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