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Unread 04-16-2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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Grinding in 4 low: Linkage adjustment or Something serious?

Went to Hurricane Creek in Western NC this past Saturday. Started out in 4 HI and was cruising right along. Came to a creek crossing, Shifted into low and started crawling into it. T case jumped into neutral, engaged clutch put back into low, and it started grinding when I released the clutch. Pulled up on lever and tried again. It felt like it caught, the started grinding again. Shifted back into high and worked fine. Looked at a lot of searches, but did not find anything to help me. Going to try to adjust the linkage sometime, but just wondering if I'm on the right track.

Yes I will fill my profile later, but I have a 98 TJ Sport with a 1in BL, a 3.25in RC suspension, 1in TC drop. From what I can tell, the linkage looks stock. 4.0

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Unread 04-16-2012, 02:07 PM   #2
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Yup, on the right track. Adjust the linkage and post results.
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Unread 04-16-2012, 02:09 PM   #3
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I could be wrong, but with a 1" body lift and a 1" drop, you are at a 2" difference from stock. You REALLY need to adjust it.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 07:20 AM   #4
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ok thanks. Will adjust and post results.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 07:46 AM   #5
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drop the $150 on a novak shifter linkage. its worth it. factory linkage is a joke

had the same issue on two jeeps after 1"bl, Novak cable shifter is super smooth
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Unread 04-17-2012, 08:13 AM   #6
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Have been researching this, looks like the way to go.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 08:23 AM   #7
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Have been researching this, looks like the way to go.
If you have the t case shifter drop bracket installed,it should shift fine if you adjusted it.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 09:02 AM   #8
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I did not do the lift, PO had it done... Not sure if the bracket was put on. It will be this weekend before I can do anything. Thanks for the help guys!
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I did not do the lift, PO had it done... Not sure if the bracket was put on. It will be this weekend before I can do anything. Thanks for the help guys!
Look underneath for flat drop bracket pictured (under bad weld).
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Unread 04-17-2012, 09:10 AM   #10
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in my opinion a shifter linkage for $150 is a waste of money. i have a 1" BL and and MML and a little adjustment on the linkage and the shifter works great.

i have also successfully adjusted other jeeps stock linkage with good results too.

i do not have or have had to use any linkage adapters that came with a Body Lift.
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i do not have or have had to use any linkage adapters that came with a Body Lift.
Have you ever looked at the angle/binding of the linkage with a BL AND t case drop without the bracket?
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Look underneath for flat drop bracket pictured (under bad weld).

Ok, I'll crawl under it and see what is under there. Thanks.
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Ok, I'll crawl under it and see what is under there. Thanks.
Keep us posted.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 12:31 PM   #14
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I will, probably be tomorrow though.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 07:33 AM   #15
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Alright Boogieman, It has the plate and the linkage does not appear to be in bind or bent.

Search for adjustment procedures: Place in four low and the loosen the 13mm bolt at the shifter connection... Then what? Will it "force" itself in to the correct position or is there more I need to know and look for?
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