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Old 03-16-2011, 10:09 PM   #1
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Just replaced the transfer case shifter boot...

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.

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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.

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Old 03-16-2011, 11:00 PM   #2
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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.

/rant

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!
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:10 PM   #3
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BTW...did you replace the 3 bushings it came with first? 2 are black, 1 is green, I didn't, the old ones on mine looked ok so I skipped out on replacing them. That would make a difference trying to line the bracket back up to the holes in the floor, more of a PITA!
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BTW...did you replace the 3 bushings it came with first? 2 are black, 1 is green, I didn't, the old ones on mine looked ok so I skipped out on replacing them. That would make a difference trying to line the bracket back up to the holes in the floor, more of a PITA!
Nope. Mine looked OK also. I wasn't tearing down more than I had to.
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I think my 99 TJ needs this kit too. Anyone have the part number handy??
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I think my 99 TJ needs this kit too. Anyone have the part number handy??
Mopar part # 1-05014148AA, most dealers do not keep them in stock, it's a special order item but it only costs around $20. Heres a link to a write up on the TSB. Jeep TJ Transfer Case Shifter Knocking TSB
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Mopar part # 1-05014148AA, most dealers do not keep them in stock, it's a special order item but it only costs around $20. Heres a link to a write up on the TSB. Jeep TJ Transfer Case Shifter Knocking TSB
Thank you. I printed your post, will take it to the dealer to order the kit.
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I was getting a really loud knocking from my TC linkage so I installed the TC linkage kit today and it was not difficult. I got the kit from OnSaleJeepParts.com for $23.41 shipped. Only took a few days to get it in the mail.

Here's their part #: Mopar Part 05014148AA Transfer Case Shaft

My TJ has a 1" drop down bracket on the tub mount that was added as part of the body lift. So I did not have to take the tub bracket off, just took the drop down bracket of which made it simpler. One trick I did figure out was to use channel lock pliers to clip the linkage arms back in. Replaced the parts and add the new boot/spring that came with the kit. My TJ did not have the boot so it must be part of the engineered factory fix. Also sprayed some lithium grease on the linkage to keep everything working smoothly. I readjusted the TC case linkage slightly and now no more knocking and it shifts very well.

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