hi eric, thanks for getting back to me via email. i am looking forward to using the new rod and ends with my older style shifter. once again your service and concern for your customer's happiness is way above and beyond what i would expect. this is not the fist time novak had taken care of me...
i am not sure what length my rod is on the old style on my jeep but i installed it just like eric mentioned above. it works really well there. i tried to keep everything as parallel as possible and splitting the difference when needed.
any difficulty i had along the way was my own fault by wanting to rush and once things were optimized, all was good!
couple of tips for those who want to bend their own canes:
-oxy acetylene is your friend. regular propane torch, not too smurfy...
-i used 1/2" copper to make a pattern for desired bend.
-do not quench the cane after bending... it could make it brittle. just let it cool on its own.
-you do not have to cut the tub or console. keep tweaking and you will get it. i cut my tub but i also cleaned, prepped and coated the bare metal before i installed the boot.
-keep your drivetrain at the correct elevation. same as when it's mounted to the belly pan or cradle. i have the clayton crossmember so it was pretty easy for me with a solidly mounted tranny/tcase.
-be patient, trying to rush through it is not such a good thing.
once again, it was a fun project and it is sooooo much better than stock linkage.
no more messy underpants from t/case popping out of gear (stock linkage, that is) on steep ledges for this jeeper.