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Unread 02-24-2011, 05:16 PM   #1
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Transfer Case Linkage

My tcase shifter linkage system is messed up, and doesn't give me very good shifts to the transfer case so I'm going to replace it. Are there any aftermarket shifter linkages, or where can I get this part? Its the part where the linkage attaches to the body on the underside



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Unread 02-24-2011, 05:30 PM   #2
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Look up Novak shifters.
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I did just come across Novak, little pricey though.You ever used them?

Would you recommend the cable system?
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Unread 02-24-2011, 08:34 PM   #4
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If the Novak is too costly you can always repair the old linkage. I picked up a bushing kit from the dealer for about $25 and replaced them. Some grease and a linkage adjustment got mine working like new again.

Is the brass bushing messed up on yours or are you missing the entire bracket that attaches to the body?

Edit: I just realized you have a 1990 and it could be different than mine.
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Um, I'm not positive which part it is. Oh I also have a 242, I'm not sure if it has the same linkage or not. I'll tank a picture tomorrow of which part is broken
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How hard is to repair the linkage? Mine is loose, not very crisp and I can hear transfer case noise through it.
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Look here for a photo of my linkage and a brief description of my repair. I had pulled the carpet and was going to remove the bracket from the body, but realized that all you have to do it pry the linkage components out of the bushings to take it all apart.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/n...03/index2.html
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Look here for a photo of my linkage and a brief description of my repair. I had pulled the carpet and was going to remove the bracket from the body, but realized that all you have to do it pry the linkage components out of the bushings to take it all apart.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/n...03/index2.html
I'm pretty sure its the brass one thats wore out...thanks for the help. I'm assuming it did indeed tighten it up quite a bit? Easier shifts?
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My brass bushing was real worn, but the shifting was not too bad. Shift's are smooth now.

Before the linkage repair, once in a while I would not be able to get it out of 4wd drive in the winter. Had to go forward and reverse several times before it would go back into 2wd. I still have to hit reverse sometimes to get it out of 4wd, but it comes out the first time every time, unlike before. I'm certain this has something to do with the transfer case or my shifting and not the linkage.
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I don't really have any problems shifting it just is loose...
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I've got the very same issue on my 99 XJ with the AW4 and a 242. I did however have to do a T-case drop, and had to also install the included linkage drop bracket, which basically drops the pivot point of the armature. I cant get into 4lo without crawling under and undoing one of the bolts of the linkage drop bracket, so that the shift arm will clear. And its always a bi_ch to get back into 2WD. I was going to go the Novak cable shifter route too, but i would much rather try to rebuild or repair what I've got. I must say tho, I've been in an XJ with the cable shift and it is SOOOO buttery smoooth.
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I've got the very same issue on my 99 XJ with the AW4 and a 242. I did however have to do a T-case drop, and had to also install the included linkage drop bracket, which basically drops the pivot point of the armature. I cant get into 4lo without crawling under and undoing one of the bolts of the linkage drop bracket, so that the shift arm will clear. And its always a bi_ch to get back into 2WD. I was going to go the Novak cable shifter route too, but i would much rather try to rebuild or repair what I've got. I must say tho, I've been in an XJ with the cable shift and it is SOOOO buttery smoooth.
It looks really awesome and all but I'm not sure I can justify spending that much on a shifter.
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Novak makes their own version of the linkage style as well, for a little less in cost. Still kinda spendy tho ($157) http://www.novak-adapt.com/catalog/shifters/sk2x.htm
I'd almost like to see if some of us cant get together and figure out what they did. Find a way to rebuild these or adopt some sort of our own design to fix some of these common issues. Then offer them to other Jeepers, or post the plans for all to share. Either way, i'd like to come sort of a solution for this that doesn't involve hundreds of dollars. Has anyone heard of anybody doing this? (making their own shifter linkage or cable shifter.)
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