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Old 06-23-2014, 07:28 PM   #1
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4x4 Linkage came out of frame bracket

Hello,

This is in reference to my 2006 LJ, 6spd manual.


I went to do my periodic test of the 4x4 lever and to my surprise, 4x4 did not engage (high or low).

I took a peek underneath and saw that the linkage had come out of the frame-side bracket..
It is extremely hard to move and I had my gf move the lever up and down and in no position did it want to move back towards its resting point in the bracket.

There is a good chance it happened earlier last month when I had to jack the transmission to remove the skid-plate to work on the exhaust. I was wondering if this is a common thing and if there is an easier way to move it back! Luckily it is stuck in 2WD and since it is June I don't have to have it in any time soon but I would to fix it at some point.

Here are some pictures of the mislocated linkage:




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Old 06-23-2014, 08:35 PM   #2
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I would try popping it out of the transfer case, put in bracket, then squeeze through the rubber bushing back into transfer case, if I am seeing correctly, you'll need a good size pair of channel lock pliers.

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Or you can unbolt the tunnel bracket (four 10mm head bolts under the carpet on the tunnel) slide it on the shaft, then rebolt. It's easier with two people.
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When you say tunnel.. I'm lost as I've never removed the carpet, roughly where are these bolts located? Are we talking in the area of the lever?
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When you say tunnel.. I'm lost as I've never removed the carpet, roughly where are these bolts located? Are we talking in the area of the lever?
Pull the carpet out from under the center console on the drivers side next to the 4x4 shift lever and you will see 4 small bolt heads on the the side of the tunnel (hump) just below the console. Just unscrew them and the bracket underneath will fall out. The nuts are captured in the bracket, so they don't need to be held while unscrewing the bolts.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:29 AM   #6
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if you have some extra cash laying around, now would be a great time to install a novak shifter cable
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:33 AM   #7
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Pull the carpet out from under the center console on the drivers side next to the 4x4 shift lever and you will see 4 small bolt heads on the the side of the tunnel (hump) just below the console. Just unscrew them and the bracket underneath will fall out. The nuts are captured in the bracket, so they don't need to be held while unscrewing the bolts.
Thanks I'll try this when I get home! Maybe I can unscrew them until just before they come out of the bracket and hopefully that's enough play to put the linkage back together.
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if you have some extra cash laying around, now would be a great time to install a novak shifter cable
Yep. I have one sitting right here next to me. I will be installing a new lift in a week and this will go on at that time.

The thing is much larger than I had thought, based on photos. Really well made, too.

My lever linkage would not stay in adjustment, no matter how hard I torqued down the bolt. I got tired of it not working, or working with really crappy action.

So when I bought my Metalcloak lift I decided that it was time to do the shifter cable kit, too.
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Thanks I'll try this when I get home! Maybe I can unscrew them until just before they come out of the bracket and hopefully that's enough play to put the linkage back together.
Since you will have to move the bracket down to get the rod in, just loosening them most likely won't work. You may get away with removing three out of the four and swinging it down...not sure.

Or you could simply put a floor jack under the skid, remove the 6 frame to skid bolts and lower the skid enough to re-engage the rod.
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Since you will have to move the bracket down to get the rod in, just loosening them most likely won't work. You may get away with removing three out of the four and swinging it down...not sure.

Or you could simply put a floor jack under the skid, remove the 6 frame to skid bolts and lower the skid enough to re-engage the rod.
The rod has to move upwards to reengage the bracket. Not sure if that was clear in the pictures.
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The rod has to move upwards to reengage the bracket. Not sure if that was clear in the pictures.
The bracket will have to be lowered to the hanging down rod to get enough clearance to slide it over the end. The rod does have to go up, but that is not possible until it is in the bracket hole.

There is a little ball joint in the bracket that allows the rod to move at an angle, that's why lowering the transfer case would also give you enough extra clearance to swing the rod up and into the hole.
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Yeah I saw what you were saying once I got under there. Sorry bout the confusion..

Good news is I got the bracket off and down, into the rod and back into place. 4x4 system checks out (well the 4x4 light comes on anyway, I will test it when I get to some dirt.)

The bad news is while unbolting that bracket, 2 of the 4 screws had rubber bushings around the 'nut' and those bushings practically disintegrated, fell out completely.
One more of the screws was practically attached to the nut permanently. Had to get that one on with some vice grips and elbow grease.

1 of the 4 went in OK, so as it stands I have 2 of 4 good attachments with that bracket (diagonally from each other which helps.) So I think I will be replacing that bracket soon and taking good care to shift into 4x4.

Thank you Water Dog for the help!!
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1 of the 4 went in OK, so as it stands I have 2 of 4 good attachments with that bracket (diagonally from each other which helps.) So I think I will be replacing that bracket soon and taking good care to shift into 4x4.

Thank you Water Dog for the help!!
I have an extra good bracket with intact nuts and rubber washers. I can send it to you if you pay the shipping..probably between $5-$10. If you want it, PM me your address.

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