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post #1 of 4 Old 12-13-2010, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Transfer Shift Lever

Hey all,

So my shift lever came off today. How do you put this back on to stay on?

Heres what happened:

We got our first real snow of the season today and my wife wanted to take the YJ to work. Shes not comfortable switching gears, so she wanted me to put it in 4HI for her to drive to work. I went outside, started the jeep to have it run for a few minutes, and went to pull the lever from 2HI to 4HI. Well, it didnt want to shift from 2HI "easy", so I pulled back and it felt VERY loose. Then I noticed something: I could pull the entire lever up!

So, I took the case off and found that the shift lever had come unattached from the arm that sticks up from the case. So... I did what anyone would do, I simply put it back on there and shifted it. That worked fine until I went to my wifes work today to put it into 2HI... the lever came off AGAIN!

This time, I pushed harder down on the lever and heard a small click. I think that was the lever bracket snapping back onto the case lever arm. However, I didnt have time to test this. I did test the transfer case before putting the lever back on and was able to shift through the range (2HI, 4HI, and 4LO). I placed it back into 2HI and "snapped" the lever back onto the arm. Is that all there is to it?

Specs: 1987 YJ, Auto tranny, 207 transfer case

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Here's what I did.

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-13-2010, 02:12 PM
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i did similarly by tapping a hole in the handle and putting a set screw in. can be done without welding.

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Originally Posted by fratis View Post
i did similarly by tapping a hole in the handle and putting a set screw in. can be done without welding.
Im not very mechanical savvy, so where did you tap the hole in the handle? Did you have to make your own isolator material because I read there is a gap...

BTW, is this what my transfer case has? Looking at the p/n, it says for NP-231 and T4/T5 Manual Transmissions. My YJ is an 87 model, so it should have the NP-207 t-case and I have an auto trans....

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