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Old 04-22-2009, 03:34 PM   #1
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any way to improve shifting?

im looking at a 2000 wrangler. 4.0 5 speed bone stock except for some not hooked up lights, a roof rack, and jeep alloy rims with 30" AT tires. i can get it for ~4k and what makes it nice is it comes with hard and soft top and full and half doors. i will probably buy it friday since i can sell the hard top and full doors and have a 2000 jeep for about 2.5k. now, it has 202000 miles on it, BUT, the motor was replaced with a 2003 motor with 57k last year and he has receipts and the block number matches 03. I think he also said the trans was a 2003 that was on the motor but im not sure and will ask friday, it was raining and i didnt want to get under it. my only concern is that when i drove it it shifted like crap. it was like the shifter was in a bowl of marbles and i was never positive of what gear i was going to be in when i let off the clutch and when i came to a stop i never knew if i was even in neutral. iv driven many wranglers and used to have a 97 and dont remember it shifting like this. like i said im not sure if the jeep has a 2000 or a 2003 trans in it and im not sure if there is a difference in the two tranies. as soon as i get it, i will change the fluid in the trans and see if that helps anything but i doubt it will. anyone else have an idea? i havn't worked on one of these in a while but i dont remember it having serviceable bushings in the shifter. if all else fails my friend told me that i can have his old ax15 with 120k miles on it if it will bolt up. i know it shifts fine because i drove the jeep alot before pulling the trans and replacing it with an aw4. so other than replacing the trans, anyone have any good ideas? also if im crazy and thats just the way it is, let me know because i have gotten used to the way that my bmw 3 series shifts over the past few years of driving it.

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Old 04-22-2009, 09:04 PM   #2
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stock shifter isnt great but it shouldnt flop around like that.

I ended up putting a B&M short shifter in mine but that just took the dump truck shifting out of it.
The little plastic ball on the end of the shifter might be shot and that might be causing the prob. I have no idea because i havent had that problem.... yet..lol

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Sounds like someone put one hell of a skirt on that old whore.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:03 PM   #4
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Sounds like someone put one hell of a skirt on that old whore.
i don't mind some miles, i dd and track a BMW 325i that i have almost 260,000 miles on. its still got the original motor, trans, and rear and none of them have been rebuilt. its mostly about how you maintain a car that determines how long it will last.

that being said, the guy that has the jeep told me that his old 4.0 died because the oil plug fell out and burned the motor up. it drove perfect other than the shifting, well the clutch also seemed to engage a little high so it might be on its way out. in my mind, having 202k miles on a 2000 jeep means that it was used as a commuter. he said that he has never had it off road and i am inclined to believe him mainly because the gas tank skid didnt have any scratches or dents in it which seem to be good indicators of if a jeep was offroad. i will do a better inspection of it when i go back friday and look at control arm mounts and the center skid pan but at this point i really doubt it was used offroad. the only body damage is a few chips on the front of the hood and a few rust bubbles starting to form under the passenger wiper which i can grind out and repaint in an hour or so. he also has receipts for the front ball joints, rear diff r&p and bearings, new soft top, new track bar, and a few other things so i think he actually cared about it.

one of my friends has an 01 that i am going to drive tomorrow and see how his shifts. it might just be that im used to the shifter in my bmw (tight trans, urathane shifter bushings, and a very short shift throw) but im not really sure yet.
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:11 PM   #5
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I hear what your saying. I went from driving my 87 Mustang with a short throw to the Jeep and it seemed odd at first.
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:14 PM   #6
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Ever drive a old VW bus
You have to stand up and move
to shift into 3rd
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cant be as bad as an old Mack with twin sticks. Suicide shifting

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