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Old 05-08-2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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t-case linkage

I did my 4" lift and the t-case drop, bla bla bla. The t-case linkage falls apart every time I put it back together. I even made a new bracket to replace the old one that was pushing the linkage apart. Now neither rod wants to stay in place.
Anyone else have this problem?
how did u fix it? (please dont say sye. no $ for it right now)
do I just need to replace those rubber bushings that hold it together or what?
could the mount be going bad causing too much movement and tearing the linkage apart?
Im tired of crawling up under the jeep to shift my t-case, + im worried about needing 4low when Im up to my doors in mud and need to get out and crawl under to shift it.

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Old 05-08-2009, 01:23 PM   #2
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Are you pressing the rubber caps ALL the way into the holes that connect the linkage?

I recommend, loosening everything, snapping the links together and then adjusting it.

When I bent mine and replaced it, it took me with some vice locks to get the end caps to snap back into place.

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Old 05-08-2009, 01:29 PM   #3
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I take the rubber caps off the rod and press them flush into the holes. then I use a 3' pry bar to press the rod into the gromet. then I check the linkage for movement. work great. then I drive to the wheel spot, and its no longer connected. I craawl under switch to 4 hi, then when Im done I crawl under to shift back to 2 hi and none of the linkage is attached. Usually its just where the shifter linkage connects to the pivot arm. but now both rods fall out of the pivot arm. Im gona try the new gromets, but I just wanted to eliminate whatever I might be missing first.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:35 PM   #4
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New rod ends for the far (forward) end and for the rear where the linkage connects to the pivot, maybe that bolt that holds it in place is stripped or has something inside so that when it feels tight, it's not actually pinching the linkage bar?

Does the linkage work without binding when you get it put together? Maybe with the lift and tcase drop it needs to be moved.
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works fine when i put it together. the adj. bolt is not an issue when all is together the lever moves to all the correct positions w/o incident.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:59 PM   #6
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Are your motor mounts worn? It may be the trans is rocking over enough to pull it apart. Also I think Skyjacker makes a bracket for the t-case shift lever that mounts solely to the t-case that is pretty cheap.
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I'll check the mounts out tonight if it doesnt rain AGAIN. they could probably use replacing, there is 170k on them. Ill look into the bracket also. thanks
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Old 05-08-2009, 02:19 PM   #8
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I found several brackets. none for the axe 15 (which is what I believe I have '98 tj sport 5spd) AA is $33 Sky jacker is $80, tera flex is like $double that. is there any advantage to the more expensive crap, or can I get away w/ the cheap one?
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See this link as well. It confirms your info.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:28 PM   #10
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about the motor mount idea . . . . .

it only happened a few times, but my 4LO popped out occasionally.

i replaced the motor mounts (because they were worn out, not because the 4LO coming out) just before my trip to Moab a few weeks back.

now that im thinking about it, my 4LO never came out and gave me an issue.

if you do decide to replace your motor mounts,
may i suggest Brown Dog Offroad , these guys rock!

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