i have a 94 ZJ but have been driving with no front drive shaft. today i almost got stuck (for the second time) not having 4WD, so now i am looking for a front drive shaft. i have the weird setup that has 4Lo, 4part-time, and 4full-time. my mom's boyfriend says the drive shaft i need is the 241 but i can't seem to find that in town OR online. all i see online is 231 and 242. is he mistaken or is it just that hard to find?
(dumb question but i'm what you might call "mechanically retarded")
Looks like you need a front driveshaft from a ZJ with a 242 tcase. Ebay is the way to go, in my opinion, unless you've got good wreckers nearby that happen to have a ZJ with a 242 case or 249 with old-style driveshaft (they switched to CV joints for 249 around 96 or so)
Bought one for meself for $50 delivered (I was swapping a 249 tcase to 242 due to a dead viscous coupling)
you're looking for a drive shaft from a 93.5-95 grand cherokee with the 6cyl and automatic transmission. all three t-case options have the same length of drive shaft.
and for future reference, (don't rely on mom's boyfriend or you'll start breaking things) your case is pretty normal in jeep suv's. 2hi is obvious, it's rear wheel drive only. 2PART TIME is for use PART OF THE TIME, only in mud, loose dirt, and deep snow/ice. 4FULL TIME can be used at any time in any conditions, but you need a front drive shaft or you won't be going anywhere in that mode. 4LO is the same as 4PART TIME only with a 2.72:1 gear ratio reduction. for low speed or high torque situations offroad.
'97 zj 5.2, some stuff, some other suff, and some things that even work sometimes.