Originally Posted by big95rob
I have a tj with the ax5 3 inch body lift, my buddies seem to think its the linkage, there's no grinding or anything when I try to shift, it's just like nothing's there
The AX5 isn't known as a robust transmission...
There is no external shift linkage on the AX5 to get out of adjustment.
You can pull the shifter boot and pull the shifter tower off and inspect it. It wouldn't take long to rule out anything shifter related.
I'm pretty certain that your problem is internal to the transmission, but you won't know for sure until you start digging.
If you have to replace or rebuild your AX5, you might consider doing an AX15 swap instead. It's a much stronger transmission. To mate it to the 2.5L, you can get adapters from Advanced Adapters or some people use an AX15 bell housing out of a 2.5L Dodge Dakota. I ran an AX15 with my 2.5L engine using the Advanced Adapters Kit, and it worked great. There are several threads on this swap - search around if you are interested. It's also a great first step to a 4.0L engine swap
Also, most of us here wouldn't recommend anything over a 1" body lift. The 3" body lift can also mess with the shifter throw, so if your body shifted for some reason, it could be the cause of your transmission problem (unlikely, but possible). Again, pulling the shifter boot would be a good first step.