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Old 07-09-2009, 09:50 AM   #1
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Arrow 4H Slips out

i have recently adjusted my 4X4 shift linkage. In the service manual it tells you to tape an 1/8" drill bit to the back of the shift handle and bump it all the way back to 4Lo, the drill bit ensures an 1/8" gap between the shift handle and the end of the 2H 4H 4Lo "track" once the linkage is adjusted properly.

So i got under the jeep. found the lock bolt and the linkage.

Before this process my shift handle was about 1" from the end of the track (4Lo), when i loosened the lock bolt and tightened it back up, looked in the cab and the handle was 1/8" from the end of the track, sitting on the drill bit. Success! right? NO, the reason why i made my adjustment was because 4H would engage but it would slip out, under a small load or bouncing around a bit, 4Lo stuck in just fine. So after my adjustment offcourse 4Lo still worked fine, but 4H still will slip out. Also in 4H the shift lever is about 1" from the end of its track, it's like it could still be pulled back more, there is quite a gap. can i do the same adjust ment for 4H that i did for 4Lo? too eliminate that gap? Also if i can and do will it mess up the 4Lo lock in???

p.s. the jeep has about a 1.5" body lift, the guy i bought it from had just put it in and hadn't adjusted the linkage after. This i why im doing it, and why i hope the 4H was slipping out.


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Old 07-09-2009, 10:58 AM   #2
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it need to be adjusted with a 1.5" lift ?
i dont have an aswer for you but i didn't read anywhere that it needs to be adjusted after a small lift (i may be wrong) , but your problem may not be related to the lift.

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Old 07-09-2009, 04:49 PM   #3
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When the 1.5" BL was installed did they put the linkage drop bracket in? Most likely what's happening is it's just binding up on you. Loosen the lock screw and then shit it all thru the range and and feel if there is any binding in the handle where it catches.

You can also get underneath and put it in 4h on your own and see where everything is sitting linkage wise.
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