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Old 02-08-2014, 08:45 AM   #1
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4wd shifter

I was screwing around on a pile of telephone poles amd my 4wd shifter went lose....luckily I was at a jeep rally and one of the guys reached under my driver side and clicked a link back onto a ball joint...is there a better alternative to this? it was just a 30 cent plasic clip..

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Old 02-08-2014, 09:13 AM   #2
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Chrysler charges a lot more for that thirty cent part. It is designed to be the weak point for people who like to ham hand it into 4L.

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Old 02-08-2014, 09:19 AM   #3
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Is there any way I can beef it up last thing I need is for it to break when im out screwing around in mud
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:27 AM   #4
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Sure, replace it with something else. It doesn't usually pose an issue other than ham handing it in and out of gear. Actual wheeling isn't what causes it to break unless you hit it with a million to one perfect strike.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:05 AM   #5
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Chrysler charges a lot more for that thirty cent part. It is designed to be the weak point for people who like to ham hand it into 4L.
its not 30 cents anymore , a guy i know needed one and it was a lot more then that now
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Old 02-08-2014, 02:05 PM   #6
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its not 30 cents anymore , a guy i know needed one and it was a lot more then that now
$4.95 at my local dealer.
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Old 02-08-2014, 02:46 PM   #7
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Its not broken I just wanna beef it up so it dont slip out again
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:27 PM   #8
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It's a chincy setup. Most Chevy and Dodge lonkages use a much more durable adjustable rod mechanism. if you google "jk shifter linkage upgrade" you'll see alternatives - Advance Adapters make a pricy one, I'm sure as the weather warms you can probably remove yours and find a more reliable way to do this. The usual problem is rattle. I bought a half a dozen bushings from Jeep (they were about $1 each. I keep spares in the glove compartment.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:52 PM   #9
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if you replace one of those clips, replace both. you could have damaged the other one.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:06 PM   #10
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I had same issue twice

I had this same issue twice and replaced the bushing once but it snapped again. After the second time it broke I didn't feel like replacing the bushing was a reliable option. I went to home depot and bought Axle Caps that fit right over the bar that holds the ring on. I have used the shift lever several times off road and have tested it every couple months in the year and half since and it works fine.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:10 PM   #11
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I've seen people use thick ass zipties. It definitely wasn't a permanent fix though.
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:59 AM   #12
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I had this same issue twice and replaced the bushing once but it snapped again. After the second time it broke I didn't feel like replacing the bushing was a reliable option. I went to home depot and bought Axle Caps that fit right over the bar that holds the ring on. I have used the shift lever several times off road and have tested it every couple months in the year and half since and it works fine.
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Thanks ill have to give that a try
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:01 PM   #13
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How do I access the linkage?

My clip must have broke 4WD shifter today just moves free like the linkage is off
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:09 PM   #14
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Pull Parking brake all the way up, remove 4 torx screws, pull the backside up first and then wrestle it out squeezing through the parking brake. You may have to remove the caps on the shifter/p brakes. I did but they were aftermarket.

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