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Old 09-08-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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Transfer Case linkage Rattle?

I have a Jeep with 4.0 engine, 32RH Auto Trans, 2" BL and 2" Suspension lift. I have had a really annoying rattle and have finally tracked it down to the linkage for the transfer case shift mechanism. Can anyone please advise me on the best fix.
Because of the lift (I am told) it has always been difficult to shift and has always required the engine to be shut down otherwise the gears crunch. Often I can't find either High Four or Low Four? Any help or ideas here greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:36 AM   #2
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Anyone here able to shed some light on my little problem? Is there a shift cable kit available for this model? Would it fix my rattle? Any help or ideas would be great.

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Old 09-10-2012, 02:10 AM   #3
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:04 AM   #4
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Thanks Gixxerphil, ordered from Novak and sent here to New Zealand. Fitted it this weekend and what a difference. No more rattle and much better shifting of the transfer case. Awesome! Was worth the money and my Jeep is now so much better. Just a pity that shipping and the exchange rate almost double the price.

Thanks again for the sound advice, I really appreciate it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:59 AM   #5
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mine did the same thing when I bought it it was one of the joints to the linkage slipped out of its socket. I took some channel locks and squeezed it back in and walla noise gone, full range of shifter motion, and no problem since. hope this helps.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:33 AM   #6
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you can actually just buy the bushings and stuff for this a lot cheaper, i think i got it from jeep4x4center.com.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:23 AM   #7
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Sometimes bushings don't help when you are misaligned due to mods like a TT or a Lopro mount... BL.... t-case drop...etc....
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:33 AM   #8
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Yeah... The body lifts seriously screw up the tease linkage. I had to cut out my 4x4 shifter guide to allow me to throw the handle back farther in order to be able to shift into low gear. Best suggestion I have is to do that and also make sure all the bolts that hold the linkage to the underside of the tub are tight. This takes alot of the play out of the linkage and gives you much smoother shifts. Unfortunately I'm pretty sure your 4x4 linkage will never be as hassle free as when it was stock. But with the right tweeks I was able to get mine to perform reliably the way I needed it to.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:10 AM   #9
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Yeah, mine was a real pig to shift prior to fitting the cable. Has a 2" body lift and a transfer case drop. I would have to shut the engine down, select neutral and then shift the transfer. Often after all this I would start up the engine and select drive only to find it wasn't into gear properly and have the gears crunch real bad. Needed to stop and try again often more than once and sometimes needed to just give up and use high box instead. And then same would happen there!! Grrr!

While fitting the cable I found one of the selector rods bent which didn't look genuine so might have been part of the problem??

Don't care as have a decent cable set up now and won't need to worry if I get around to doing that tummy tuck.

Can't recommend Novak enough, they were awesome to deal with. This is always a worry from this side of the world.

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