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post #1 of 6 Old 07-19-2010, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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AX-5 shift lever installed wrong - help!

Just going back together after a frame swap where, among other things, I had the transmission out and removed the shift lever from it. No further work other than cleaning and a "rattle can overhaul" to the transmission.

With the skid plate installed, set the transmission over in the skid plate, then wheeled the frame under the Jeep.

Then, my son re-installed the shift lever but now we have a problem:

1st and 3rd want to wind up in the ashtray or somewhere forward of where they're supposed to stop so, obviously, we've installed the lever incorrectly.

What did we do wrong and is there a trick to finding the "sweet spot"?

Thanks, in advance, for your help.

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are you sure you didn't mount the transmission in the wrong holes on the skid plate, I don't think there are many ways to mount the shifter wrong, you line all the holes up and everything should be good, make sure the ball part at the bottom of the shifter is where it's supposed to be, in the hole. Good luck, Im curious to see what the solution is.
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Positive. Will keep you posted. In the meantime, I've run across a thread in the CJ boards that I'm studying.

I'm hoping it's simply a matter of clocking the locking collar 180 out.

Should be able to get at it tomorrow evening - tonight's taken up with a separate but related project.

Thanks for responding.
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are you sure you didn't mount the transmission in the wrong holes on the skid plate, I don't think there are many ways to mount the shifter wrong, you line all the holes up and everything should be good, make sure the ball part at the bottom of the shifter is where it's supposed to be, in the hole. Good luck, Im curious to see what the solution is.
DOH...

Should have dawned on me before this but it didn't...

With the motor out of the frame, the nose of the transmission is going to droop BECAUSE the little mount cushion is behind the transmission's center of gravity which, OF COURSE, will throw the shift lever forward in all positions.

Raise the input shaft to the height where it's gonna live with the motor in place, and everything becomes copacetic.

End of problem.
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DOH...

Should have dawned on me before this but it didn't...

With the motor out of the frame, the nose of the transmission is going to droop BECAUSE the little mount cushion is behind the transmission's center of gravity which, OF COURSE, will throw the shift lever forward in all positions.

Raise the input shaft to the height where it's gonna live with the motor in place, and everything becomes copacetic.

End of problem.
Glad to hear there weren't any big problems
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