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Unread 01-28-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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AX15 shift tower bushing

I am still accumulating parts for my AX15 rebuild. I have found that the bushing in the base of the AX15 shift tower is toast, most of it had fallen away. I have the Parts CD for jeeps, I have the FSM as well. The parts guy at the dealership was less than helpful, he told me what I needed was the bushing that is stuck on the bottom end of the shifter lever and tried to give me part number 8350-0519 wrong part. I looked through my Official parts CD and could not find my part demonstrated anywhere in there, nor can I find it shown in the FSM anywhere. To make sure I am sending the right nomenclature, what I and most everyone else refers to as the shift tower is listed as part number 5252-054 and is called "retainer, control shift lever." It is held onto the rear extension housing of the AX15 with 4 bolts. There is a gasket between this and the extension housing. The part I need is a ring type bushing that fits in the bottom of the shift tower--it is not the small nylon bushing that fits on the bottom end of the shifter lever. It is also not the boot that fits around the shifter shaft. If needed, I can take a photo of where it is supposed to fit and submit that. I could not find this part listed on quadratec, can anyone help me find the part number and/or a source for this part??
Thank you in advance for your interest and assistance.

EDIT--I came up with the answer for this question, but I never closed out this thread. If you will drop down to the last post, you'll find the answer and the pictures, and a link to another thread in the FAQ covering this question.

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You should go to Pirate. I hear they are real smart over there. You'd fit right in.

Last edited by Opihi59; 08-17-2012 at 01:22 AM.. Reason: Closed out with the solution. Sorry I didn't do it sooner.
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Unread 01-28-2008, 08:43 PM   #2
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Quadratec does have them, you need to call em though, they're not in the catalog or on the web.
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Unread 01-28-2008, 08:47 PM   #3
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they dont make just the bushing
period
it is an integral part of the shifter housing.
I went through this last year
You have several options:
Dealership wants about $150 for a new shifter
B&M and similar shifters are about $200
what i did was go to bass pro shops and buy a rubber rollar thingy. I then gut/grinded/burned/cursed it until it fit down in there. I made it similar to the one that came out
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Unread 01-28-2008, 08:59 PM   #4
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Ahhh, makes sense. When I got my shifter from quadratec they were in the the kit but packaged separately. I thought it was sold individually.
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Unread 01-28-2008, 09:42 PM   #5
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Oh. My. Gawd.

I will call Quadratec tomorrow and beg for them to send me the part......having to buy the entire shift tower for the (perishable) seal is closely akin to having to purchase a new car because the tires wore out. Of course, I will post follow-up on this for the forum's collective benefit.
About 2 years ago I replaced one of these on a Toyota W56 5 speed, I suppose if it is a close match that would be a starting point to look for a substitute. Sorry for bringing up the T-word on this forum, but sometimes, you have to be innovative.
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We will be going Metric every inch of the way.
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Originally Posted by 40dog View Post
yes I'm a some guy and have always put gasket sealer on my surfaces before mating
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You should go to Pirate. I hear they are real smart over there. You'd fit right in.
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Unread 01-28-2008, 09:46 PM   #6
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I just had mine apart the other day and mine had a rubber ring at the bottom of the shift tower.
More than likely you have to buy the tower to get it.
My guess it's more of a seal than a bushing because the ball on the lever doesn't actually ride on it.
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I am still accumulating parts for my AX15 rebuild. I have found that the bushing in the base of the AX15 shift tower is toast, most of it had fallen away. I have the Parts CD for jeeps, I have the FSM as well. The parts guy at the dealership was less than helpful, he told me what I needed was the bushing that is stuck on the bottom end of the shifter lever and tried to give me part number 8350-0519 wrong part. I looked through my Official parts CD and could not find my part demonstrated anywhere in there, nor can I find it shown in the FSM anywhere. To make sure I am sending the right nomenclature, what I and most everyone else refers to as the shift tower is listed as part number 5252-054 and is called "retainer, control shift lever." It is held onto the rear extension housing of the AX15 with 4 bolts. There is a gasket between this and the extension housing. The part I need is a ring type bushing that fits in the bottom of the shift tower--it is not the small nylon bushing that fits on the bottom end of the shifter lever. It is also not the boot that fits around the shifter shaft. If needed, I can take a photo of where it is supposed to fit and submit that. I could not find this part listed on quadratec, can anyone help me find the part number and/or a source for this part??
Thank you in advance for your interest and assistance.
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Unread 01-29-2008, 09:04 AM   #7
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Well, the large knob/ball at the base of the shifter does rest on this at the bottom of the round portion of the shift tower. Then there is a small "finger" that sticks down from that about 2 inches with a smaller knob. Every parts place is trying to sell me the small bushing, rather than the bigger bushing the big knob sits in. This part rests on a shoulder at the base of the round portion of the shift tower. Otherwise the "big knob" will be pivoting against the case and shearing off metal frags which then fall down into the rear case. The spring under the retainer cap holds this portion of the shifter down against this bushing/seal. I called several online sources this morning and they all told me this part isn't available. Likely I'll take my shift tower around town to some transmission shops, and/or to Toyota to see if one of their bushings from some of their transmissions will fit, or will be adaptable to this. If anyone else comes up with any kind of source for this part, or even a part number, let me know.
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yes I'm a some guy and have always put gasket sealer on my surfaces before mating
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You should go to Pirate. I hear they are real smart over there. You'd fit right in.
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Unread 01-29-2008, 10:00 AM   #8
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Just to give some early feedback--cyberjeep had an exploded diagram of an AX15, I had called them once already and called back......Item #6 on their diagram was the shift tower. When you click on the "more info" tab for that, it dosesn't describe the shift tower, but an oil seal. Ultimately we decided that the part I wanted was #4 on the diagram described as "4864226X Oil Seal - (Fits inside the Shift Retainer - No. 6)" I ordered one for $5.25 plus S and H, I suppose the part will make it to Honolulu in about 2 weeks and if it is the right part, I'll post a follow up for the forum's benefit with photographs, etc. Fingers crossed, etc.
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yes I'm a some guy and have always put gasket sealer on my surfaces before mating
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Unread 01-29-2008, 10:04 AM   #9
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that would be sweet
i looked all over for about a week and couldnt find one
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Unread 01-29-2008, 10:40 AM   #10
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check out rsgear.com great support and many oem parts with the mopar sticker on them!
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Unread 01-29-2008, 02:34 PM   #11
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I was searching and found the part you need for $12.95
http://www.thejeep.com/aisin.html
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I am still accumulating parts for my AX15 rebuild. I have found that the bushing in the base of the AX15 shift tower is toast, most of it had fallen away. I have the Parts CD for jeeps, I have the FSM as well. The parts guy at the dealership was less than helpful, he told me what I needed was the bushing that is stuck on the bottom end of the shifter lever and tried to give me part number 8350-0519 wrong part. I looked through my Official parts CD and could not find my part demonstrated anywhere in there, nor can I find it shown in the FSM anywhere. To make sure I am sending the right nomenclature, what I and most everyone else refers to as the shift tower is listed as part number 5252-054 and is called "retainer, control shift lever." It is held onto the rear extension housing of the AX15 with 4 bolts. There is a gasket between this and the extension housing. The part I need is a ring type bushing that fits in the bottom of the shift tower--it is not the small nylon bushing that fits on the bottom end of the shifter lever. It is also not the boot that fits around the shifter shaft. If needed, I can take a photo of where it is supposed to fit and submit that. I could not find this part listed on quadratec, can anyone help me find the part number and/or a source for this part??
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Unread 01-29-2008, 02:35 PM   #12
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CAll MAN-TRANS, they have the part... 1-877-626-8726
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Unread 01-29-2008, 03:43 PM   #13
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If you Google 4864226X you will find lots of sources.
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Unread 01-29-2008, 04:33 PM   #14
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are you sure it's not 83500519
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Unread 01-29-2008, 05:28 PM   #15
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That number is for the complete tower/retainer and its high dollar.
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