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post #1 of 9 Old 05-14-2021, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Dana 300 Shift Lever

So I was trying to remove the shift knob so I could replace the transfer case boot. I grabbed the knob with pliers, and this happened. I didn’t turn it THAT hard! Time for a new shift lever...

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-14-2021, 02:48 PM
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How tight was that locknut?

Any sign of rust that shows it might of been cracked befor?
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The lock nut is frozen to the stud. I know I didn’t turn it hard enough to snap a 5/16th stud. I think it was broken before...
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I had the same thing when I bought my Jeep. To solve the problem I made my own shift knobs. For the transfer case I made the hole in the knob to fit the Dana 300 lever since the threaded part was gone. In case I have to take it off some day I used a drop of super glue instead of something like JB Weld





Maybe I should make more and sell them if anyone likes them enough
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Got one. Fully chromed.
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I did that once. I just left the lever as is, just one more job i have not completed.

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So I was trying to remove the shift knob so I could replace the transfer case boot. I grabbed the knob with pliers, and this happened.

You don't want to do it that way. ALL shift knobs need to have the locking nut loosened first with a 3/4" wrench turning clockwise looking down from the top.
Use anti-seize compound during reassembly.


Fixed a friends shift lever that broke the same way on his old Triumph sports car by setting lever arm in a Drill Press. Leveled and squared it as best we could and then drilled several step-up holes until we could tap the threads that were needed to make it like it was originally. Used a piece of all thread with permanent thread locker (red) screwed into the tapped hole and installed the original shift knob back on. Could never tell it had broken.

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hello

i found a broke one at the junkyard that was the correct one i needed. i fixed it by grinding the top flat, then drilling and tapping the shifter. then i installed a hardened stud into the shifter using some permanent loctite. havent had a problem with it since.

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hello

i found a broke one at the junkyard that was the correct one i needed. i fixed it by grinding the top flat, then drilling and tapping the shifter. then i installed a hardened stud into the shifter using some permanent loctite. havent had a problem with it since.

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Make sure it's the right one. There are more than one lever for the Dana 300 as I found out.
One with SR-4/300 will not fit the stock setup for a T-176/300. Not sure what a T-4/5 setup will have.


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