Originally Posted by MLaborde
under the driver's side floorboard with the factory kit.
What a PITA!
Not the worst thing I've ever done but a PITA still. Why couldn't they make it a little easier to get the boot on then get the bracket back lined up with the screw holes?
It took all I had to get the darn thing shoved & held up there for my youngest son to start the screws. One crossthreaded & the hooked bolt (or whatever that thing is called) tore the rubber keeper & rendered it useless.
A 10 minute job took darn near an hour. But it's done.
The transfer case shifter is hard to shift now. It binds coming in & out of neutral. Don't know if this is normal with the entire boot on there since it wasn't there when I bought the Jeep.
Hummmm, sorry you had so much trouble! Mine wasn't that bad. I first tapped the bracket holes with the new bolts, then installed the "rubber sleeve" on the bracket once it was off the Jeep, placed the "boot with the spring inside" on the torque shaft (that's the thing that rattles) then the ob-long metal piece with the brass rotator on the torque shaft. After that I slid the bracket on the torque shaft and the spring loaded boot pushed it up against the floor. I was able to line up one hole and insert a bolt. I had to get help to insert a second bolt while I pushed up on the bracket, the rubber bushings cause resistance and won't allow it to stay in place.
The 4wd shifter was stiff at first but it feels fine now, though I haven't tested it with it running.
I think the boot with the spring is a factory "fix" design. I had no trace of a boot or spring left on mine. I wouldn't worry about the rubber you tore, it's gonna last a long time. Glad you got it fixed and just move the t-case lever back and forth a few times, that's what I did and it has eased up. Here's a pic of what I had left on mine...ain't much! It sure is nice not to hear that awful rattling!