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Old 10-26-2007, 03:19 AM   #1
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AA T-case linkage adapter

I have nothing but trouble trying to get my T-case into 4lo. I ordered an Advanced Adapter linkage relocation bracket. It removes the linkage from the body and mounts it all to the T-case. I hope it works as advertised. Has anyone installed this bracket? I'd like input on installation problems and input on your satisfaction afterwards.

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Old 10-26-2007, 07:39 AM   #2
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I've heard you have to do some custom cutting on the AA for your specific application. And I think the shift pattern is reversed also (?) Can't remember. I was just about to do the AA, Novak, or Skyjacker after I installed my 3" FT lift and had to drop the skid + have a 1" BL. Had some serious linkeage issues. Had a wheelin trip lined up just around the corner so I fabbed up my own drop bracket for it and it works great! I mean it really does work smooth as butter. It actually shifts better, smoother, easier, than it ever did stock so I cancelled the Skyjacker shifter I had ordered. Here's the thread from when I ran into the same issue: http://www.wranglerforum.com/tj-chat...ion-12163.html

Here's the bracket I made: (the top plate is what came with the 1" BL)

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Old 10-26-2007, 12:10 PM   #3
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read something about the AA on another board yesterday...dude didn't like it...and he had to do some grinding on it. so he got a novak and loves it.
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Old 10-26-2007, 12:44 PM   #4
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I got one... it wasn't hard to install, just hard to figure the location of it, after staring at it for about 30 mins it finally made sense. Now the Tcase shifts into 4wd smooth as butter.
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I got the adapter, but it doesn't look anything like the picture above. It looks like an L-shape and is suposed to remove the body mount side from the linkage system. The instructions look like crap. I was hoping to find some pictures of the install.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:22 AM   #6
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the bracket above is a drop down bracket...not the AA
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written by triple88a

Ok i am also looking at this thingy... What does the aa bracket replace? Does it replace any of the stock linkage or does it just replace the stock bracket that mounts to the tub.

The problem i have is my adjusting rod is an inch short so i cannot adjust it to go into 4lo. Now i have 2 and 4 hi and N but it cannot go into 4lo.

Anyone have any pics and more info of the AA installed please?
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:34 AM   #8
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yeah same as trip? my problem is my rod is not long enough, will this ifx it? and how uch does ti cost?
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i saw it for like 33-34 bucks...
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written by triple88a

Ok i am also looking at this thingy... What does the aa bracket replace? Does it replace any of the stock linkage or does it just replace the stock bracket that mounts to the tub.

The problem i have is my adjusting rod is an inch short so i cannot adjust it to go into 4lo. Now i have 2 and 4 hi and N but it cannot go into 4lo.

Anyone have any pics and more info of the AA installed please?
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yeah same as trip? my problem is my rod is not long enough, will this ifx it? and how uch does ti cost?
That's why I made that bracket pictured above - for that exact reason. Got everything back to factory angles (actually works way better than stock). But can't comment on the AA bracket...sooooo...guess I shouldn't have bothered with this post BUT, my little bracket worked wonders and only cost about $15 for the strap metal
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how is it different thatn the bracket i have that came with the 1" T case drop???
it looks the same to me, maybe a little longer but wouldnt that mean i need an even LONGER shaft thingy!
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written by triple88a

Ok i am also looking at this thingy... What does the aa bracket replace? Does it replace any of the stock linkage or does it just replace the stock bracket that mounts to the tub.

The problem i have is my adjusting rod is an inch short so i cannot adjust it to go into 4lo. Now i have 2 and 4 hi and N but it cannot go into 4lo.

Anyone have any pics and more info of the AA installed please?
I'll try to take some pics tonight.
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how is it different thatn the bracket i have that came with the 1" T case drop???
it looks the same to me, maybe a little longer but wouldnt that mean i need an even LONGER shaft thingy!
Some say you do have to extend that rod but I didn't have to, nor was it close. You're right, the bracket I made is identical to those supplied with a 1" BL. The pic above has the zinc colored bracket that came w/my BL and below it is the one I made. Basically a 2" adapter since I had to drop my tcase 1". I just put the tcase shifter all the way down (2H) and hooked everything up and adjusted the slide on the rod to where there was no more play. I have no idea if that's the proper way of doing it but it works perfectly now. The connecting rod on mine is running at an angle (as opposed to perfectly horizontal) but it creates no binding whatsoever or awkward shifting of any kind.
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well mine wont go into 4lo because the rod is too short, well actually right now it is an inch from the end, but it is seized on there by rust, but i know once i put the 2" BL and T case drop on there it will be too short

btw any ideas to get the adjuster form being totally rusted to the rod, ive sprayed it with WD40, liquid wrench and darn i cant remember what its called but it the other one that is in the red can, omg such a brain fart, anyways it is still stuck there (yes i undid the bolt i took it all the way off to make sure it wasnt hindering it at all!)
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PB Blaster? The bind it's in may be why it's not moving. You can tap on it pretty good with something and see if it's the bind or just rust. So why are you in such a bind now? What lift do you have on it now? The only thing that will affect that linkage is the relationship of the body to the tcase. A suspension lift won't affect that, only a tcase drop and a BL.
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Here are pics of the AA bracket.





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how hard was that to put in and how much did it cost?

i have a 1" T case drop and im going to get a 2" BL (ordered adn on its way)

as of now it wont go into 4lo i will try to hit it witha hammer, but when i tried before it was hard because there isnt much room to swing it.
what do you mean by stuck on the bind?
(and yes thats it PB blaster!)
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how hard was that to put in and how much did it cost?

i have a 1" T case drop and im going to get a 2" BL (ordered adn on its way)

as of now it wont go into 4lo i will try to hit it witha hammer, but when i tried before it was hard because there isnt much room to swing it.
what do you mean by stuck on the bind?
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Well, by "bind" I mean, after the 1" BL and 1" tcase drop, my linkage was stretched to the max. You couldn't even wiggle it. The angles of that Z-linkage being expanded put everything in a bind. All I was saying is the pressure from all that may be why the clamp won't slide on the rod. Just a thought. Take it lose from the body mount and relieve that pressure and see if it will slide then. That bracket and linkage comes off very easily.
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Thank you for the pic. Did the rods come w/ the bracket? That upper rod that connects to the adjusting screw is too short on mine.. thats why i'm looking for an alternative...

Derek I saw the bracket at northridge for 34 bucks (free ship?)

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Old 11-02-2007, 03:53 AM   #20
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TXoutlaw you are the man! Those are just the pictures I was looking for. When looking at those pics it looks so easy, but the instructions actually make it look much harder. You'd think AA would have come up with better instructions.
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Yeah, the instructions are worthless. I must have stared underneath the Jeep for an hour before it made sense. Once you figure it out it's not hard to install, just hard to get both hands up there to hold everything together. I just happen to be installing a SYE over the last couple nights, saw your post and thought what better time to take a pic. Glad they will help you out.

Triple88a, the rod did not come with the bracket. It is strange that yours is to short. I only have a 1" BL and no TC drop, I see you have a 2" BL, do you have a TC Drop, maybe this is where you are running out of length on the rod.
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Triple88a, the rod did not come with the bracket. It is strange that yours is to short. I only have a 1" BL and no TC drop, I see you have a 2" BL, do you have a TC Drop, maybe this is where you are running out of length on the rod.
Yes that is the reason why i'm running short.. i have 3" in drop brackets..
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:06 PM   #23
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I installed the bracket today. It works great. That being said, installation is a giant PITA. There is no room to move a wrench and it's imposible without a ratcheting wrench. If you install one, be prepared for knuckle busting, swearing, throwing stuff and kicking things.
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Hehe i got 3"s in extra space there.. i can possibly lay on the skid while installing it, only gotta watch not to get my feet stuck in the exhaust pipe there
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Ive got one too. It comes with replacement studs, but the stock ones can be hard to get out. I just took the stock nuts and cut the washer off with my dremel and ground the lip that held the washer on. Has worked great for me so far.

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