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Unread 04-29-2013, 11:35 AM   #1
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Transmission Mounts causing shift problems?

Hi all
I recently purchased a 81' cj5. T176 tranny with Dana 300..
I already replaced all the shift forks, shift lever, 3rd and 4th lug, the balls and springs seemed to be fine, all the gears appear to be in pretty good shape also. however i keep getting kicked out of 3rd gear! After some research I found the tranny mounts may have something to do with it. So I got down there and did some tweaking, well it helped a little. I would get kicked out with a violent grind, it would just slip out on occasion. So I later tried to tighten the bolts more. Then I started getting the grinding kick again. I am thinking it must be the mounts that is causing my problems. Part of my problem is i cant find any pictures matching what I am looking at under the skid plate. Can someone please advise me what these 3 bolts are and if they look work or incorrect?!? Thanks!

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Unread 04-30-2013, 02:32 AM   #2
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Close but looks like the engine has bad motor mounts also so that the whole thing sits back too far. That might keep the tranny from staying in 3rd gear.

Should look like this:



Not at an angle....


Did someone cut a notch in the floor board cover plat to fit the shifter???
Looks like that in the second picture.
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These pics may help,

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Unread 04-30-2013, 05:30 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, I got some better pics that may help. I dont think any additional area was cutout to fit the shifter. I just have the cover plate off at the time of that picture. what parts what I get if I were to try and fix this? New bolts, nuts, bushings etc? And what kind of trouble is it to replace them? Also what do the bolts do? I have the 2 with large rubber washers an the 1 bolt that has 2 nuts on it under the skid plate. Is it even supposed to have 2 nuts under it? I really appreciate the help! I am so close to having her run fine, its so frustrating having to hold not only the shifter in 3rd from coming out buy my breath as well. I need 3rd to work!
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Unread 05-01-2013, 02:54 AM   #5
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Looks like someone couldn't find the right length bolts and then make contact with something on the road and bent the bolts.


Interesting, Matt's mount had studs, mine has bolts....
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Unread 05-01-2013, 07:59 AM   #6
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Yea I have yet to find anyone who has angled bolts like I have. I dont really think they have been bent though? Nor have I ever seen bushings like I have on other mounts where mine are. Someone was telling me there should be a a part under there I will open when I get to replacing the mounts. I think they called it a Canaworms?
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Unread 05-02-2013, 03:04 AM   #7
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Canaworms fasteners, yes AMC used those a lot.
I think KaleCoAuto.com has them.
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