Over the weekend, a local 4x4 shop installed a 4" lift on my '85 CJ7. I picked up the Jeep today, and realize I can no longer get into 1st, 3rd or 5th gear. The problem is, everytime I tried to get into those gears, the shift knob hits the dash panel, so it doesn't engage. Is this normal? Is it something the shop didn't do? How can I fix this problem?
Transfer case drop will prevent you from using 2nd, 4th and reverse untill you modify the floor panel. The only way the upper gears in the pattern (1,3,5) could hit the dash is if the whole thing is now leaning foward either coused by dropping the engine down or lifting the tranmission/transfer case up. The latter could be coused by them 'testing' the new lift and crushing the transfer case skid plate. Look under your jeep and see if this is what they did. If not, I'm stumped without more info.
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Sounds to me like the shop owes you some time figuring out what they did.
No idea what your stick is like, but as part of a custom conversion I did, we just heated up the stick with a welding torch and angled it into the position I wanted. We made sure all gears were in a good place with no obstructions (dash, my knee, the Tuffy box I have in, etc.).
Of course this was a very different engine tranny conversion, you shouldn't have to do that putting on a simple 4" kit, but its an idea.
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They didn't by chance remove the motor did they? If they did, and then put it back in, I would imagine they could have used the wrong holes, but that would mean there would be issues with teh rear driveshaft lenght.
Did they lengthen that?
What kind of lift did they put on and what other mods were done to this. If they did anything like I mentioned above, that could account for the forwardness of the situation, but like I said, you would see other issues.
Your either trimming the cover or bending the shift stick. Either way, they did the lift, it's their responsibility. Should not take them too long, but I would gripe about having to bring it back, takke extra time out of your day etc. Why they did not check thi is beyond me. Don't they test drive the darn thing. This sounds like you had a dealership do the work, their notoriouos for this type of crap!
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