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Unread 11-30-2006, 11:47 PM   #1
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difficult shifting from 1st-2nd

i have a 2000 tj with 4'' suspension lift and 2 '' body lift and 35s. when i first got it there was no shift boot and everything ran/shifted just fine, although it looked like crap. i found one and put it in, and it hasnt caused any problems, however shifting from 1st to 2nd is difficult sometimes. it will grind in, or pop out sometimes, and only smoothly shifts in if i have the perfect angle. i have to pull real hard back and to the inside left(5speed, nv3550). downshifting from 3rd to 2nd is no prob at all very smooth. im assuming it has to do with the body lift obviously. so to correct the problem should i get a shifter extension, replace the whole thing with a longer shifter, or get a performace short throw shifter? any ideas, thanks alot

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Unread 12-01-2006, 12:26 AM   #2
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I have a 1.25" BL 1"MML and a 3.5 suspension lift and I had the same problem. I ordered a black universal shifter boot from JCWitney and put it on the stock ring. That solved my problem. The issue you are having is that the rubber shift boot is bunching up when you shift into second and causing too much stress on it. If you replace it with a cloth or leather universal boot it will not bunch up like the rubber one. That is why there wasnt a shift boot on there before.
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Unread 12-01-2006, 10:08 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by langston.4
when i first got it there was no shift boot and everything ran/shifted just fine,
thats why the boot was removed...

I did the same thing to mine... but the no boot look doesnt bother me.
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Unread 12-01-2006, 10:39 AM   #4
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What type of boot did you put in? The stock boot? Is it rubber? I know a lot of people swap in an 05-06 shift boot that is a leather type material and seems to help that problem
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Unread 12-01-2006, 02:37 PM   #5
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I have a 1.25" BL 1"MML and a 3.5 suspension lift and I had the same problem. I ordered a black universal shifter boot from JCWitney and put it on the stock ring. That solved my problem. The issue you are having is that the rubber shift boot is bunching up when you shift into second and causing too much stress on it. If you replace it with a cloth or leather universal boot it will not bunch up like the rubber one. That is why there wasnt a shift boot on there before.
wow. whoever figured this one out saved me some coin. I just bought (bargain of the century) an '01 Sahara that is absolutely mint. My only concern was second gear. Popped the boot and problem went away! BTW rotating the ring 180 degrees and snapping it back in also helps.
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Unread 12-01-2006, 03:35 PM   #6
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yep, shouldve left the boot off
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Unread 12-01-2006, 03:58 PM   #7
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thanks alot
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