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Unread 01-19-2011, 05:32 PM   #1
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YJ Upper Shift lever removal

The shift lever on the YJ is actually two pieces. The piece that seats into the top of the AX5 transmission, and a top section that looks like it slides onto the bottom section. Can anyone tell me how to get the two sections apart? I put in a new transmission and the new transmission has the lower section with it, and it is shorter than the original. So, I need to get them apart so I can put the old top section on the new bottom section (that seats into the top of the transmission.)

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Unread 01-19-2011, 08:43 PM   #2
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The shift lever on the YJ is actually two pieces. The piece that seats into the top of the AX5 transmission, and a top section that looks like it slides onto the bottom section. Can anyone tell me how to get the two sections apart? I put in a new transmission and the new transmission has the lower section with it, and it is shorter than the original. So, I need to get them apart so I can put the old top section on the new bottom section (that seats into the top of the transmission.)
From a FSM " (b) Reach up and around transmission case and
unseat shift lever dust boot from transmission shift
tower (Fig. 6). Move boot upward on shift lever for
access to retainer that secures lever in shift tower.
(c) Reach up and around transmission case and
press shift lever retainer downward with your fingers.
Turn retainer counterclockwise to release it.
(d) Lift lever and retainer out of shift tower"

Hope this helps you...
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Unread 01-19-2011, 11:35 PM   #3
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Give this a try.
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It would be much easier to remove the stubby shifter and replace it with the full one. Its as simple as unlocking the lockring and pulling out the shifter.
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It would be much easier to remove the stubby shifter and replace it with the full one. Its as simple as unlocking the lockring and pulling out the shifter.
Not all lower shifters are the same length. You might have to swap out the whole tower. To answer your question though, that square bulb thing on the lower end of the hand held shifter part is just press fit onto the part sticking out of the trans. They get good and stuck. I've done best by doing the lock ring thing mentioned above then take the two-piece thing to a bench vice. I clamp the lower part in the vice right near the upper part, so the upper part is maybe 1/8" from the vice jaws. I then use a small pry bar or large screwdriver to pry off the upper part against the vice jaw. It works every time (for me anyway).
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Thanks for the clarification, didn't know that
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