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Unread 12-06-2006, 10:40 AM   #1
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gearshift lever replacement

I just bought a 97 tj with a 3 inch BL that I want to remove. The previous owner said the lever had been extended and that I would need to cut out a section and weld it back in place.
Would it be easier just to buy a new lever? Is it easy to install while I'm dropping the BL? Also, where would be a good place to get one?

Any thoughts on this?

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Unread 12-06-2006, 01:49 PM   #2
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This would be a wonderful time to go with a Hurst or B&M short throw shifter.
Check Summit for great prices.
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Unread 12-06-2006, 01:51 PM   #3
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I guess you mean the shifter.....and I assume you mean the transmission not the transfer case. I second the b&m or hurst short-throw.
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Unread 12-06-2006, 04:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info,
Do you know if either of those shifters will work with a 1 in body lift? In case I end up replacing the 3" with a 1" bl.
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Unread 12-06-2006, 04:44 PM   #5
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ditch the 3" and run the 1". They should work fine. My buddy has the NV3550 in his 66 bronco with the hurst shifter and a 3" BL. works great.
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Unread 12-06-2006, 04:57 PM   #6
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Contrary to how a Hurst or B&M can improve the shifting smoothness and quality for, say, a Chevy or Ford where there is an external shift mechanism, neither will help make a TJ shift any easier. For a TJ, they only replace the lever, the shift mechanism itself is inside the transmission and doesn't get replaced. They might feel different because they are shorter and would give a slightly shorter throw, but that's it. For that reason, I'd just find a used TJ shifter out of a junkyard.
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Unread 12-06-2006, 06:06 PM   #7
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Yep, works just fine with a body lift.

The shorter throw is worth it. Jerry is right (as always) it didn't make it shift any 'better' but it's sure nicer not rowing the shifter around as far.
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