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post #1 of 11 Old 03-22-2010, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Unique Dana 20

I've got an 81 scrambler. 304, t18, and a Dana 20 transfer case. I was told that the transfer case was either out of an old commando or a J-series truck since it has the J shift pattern. Is this correct? Also, is there a shift light for these? Does anybody know the correct shift pattern? I know the first position is 4wd hi, and I think the 2nd (which is over to the right) is 4wd low, but I'm not sure of the others. Any help would be appreciated...


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post #2 of 11 Old 03-22-2010, 07:26 PM
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I know the shift pattern of my Dana 20 is
4HI
2HI
N
(2LO)
4LO

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post #3 of 11 Old 03-22-2010, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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I know the shift pattern of my Dana 20 is
4HI
2HI
N
(2LO)
4LO
This transfer case has a J-shift pattern, it isn't the typical straight up and down pattern of the Dana 20
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-23-2010, 12:17 AM
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Your CJ8 would have come stock with a Dana 300 but it sounds like the T-case was changed out at some point. Every Jeep Dana 20 I've seen is 4H, 2h, N, 4L.

You may have an early Ford Bronco unit which did have a "J" pattern from 1973-1977 which was:
4L
N 2h
4h_l

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The FSJ and early Commando Dana 20 have a U shaped pattern, not a J shape. That would be an early Bronco pattern with a drivers side front output.

The pattern is like this (the periods are there to get neutral in the right spot):

2H 4L
.|...|
.|...N
4H..|
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The FSJ and early Commando Dana 20 have a U shaped pattern, not a J shape. That would be an early Bronco pattern with a drivers side front output.

The pattern is like this (the periods are there to get neutral in the right spot):

2H 4L
.|...|
.|...N
4H..|
That sounds like it might be right. When it's in 2H, it has a feeling like it is "out of gear" I can wiggle it around like it's not in anything. I just wish I could find a Shift knob for this thing that actually had the right pattern.
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post #7 of 11 Old 03-23-2010, 12:52 PM
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Those things get sloppy and are annoying to fix. Scout D20's have Dana 300-style shift brackets if you want an alternative.


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You can also use Dana 18 twin sticks on the Scout Dana 20.

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I know the shift pattern of my Dana 20 is
4HI
2HI
N
(2LO)
4LO
Holy crap. That explains a lot.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 08:36 AM
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There are some knowledgeable people here, I had no clue there were so many shift patterns for the D20.

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Not much 'Unique', just a FSJ/truck linkage.
Not so easy to change in the vehicle, but worth your time.
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