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Old 12-05-2013, 08:42 PM   #1
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how to replace ax15 shift tower boot?

I cant figure out how to separate the shifter to replace the boot on my shifter because it has torn. any ideas?
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:29 AM   #2
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Not sure myself but there has to be something holding it together like pins or some fasteners. Mine came right up and off the stick just had to remove the knob. Sorry couldn't be more helpful.

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Old 12-07-2013, 04:18 PM   #3
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The square joint that you think comes apart, doesn't. It's a pressed fit.

The way that I replaced the boot on my previous YJ was to cut the old one off, then I put the new one in a toaster over for a few seconds to get it hot and pliable, sprayed it with some silicone spray around the ring, and forced it down over the square on the shifter. Once you get it warm, it expands easily over the shifter.

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Old 12-07-2013, 08:00 PM   #4
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Shouldn't there be a rubber insulator and a transmission shift handle clip or is it just the transfer case shift lever that uses these parts?

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Old 12-07-2013, 10:04 PM   #5
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I got the two parts apart by clamping in a vice the part that goes into the transmission vertically, then tapping off the shift lever (which was hanging down under the vice jaws, used PB blaster too.
it had a piece between the two parts that look like the pictures above
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:28 PM   #6
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Had the same problem replacing my dust cover boot on my AX5. Both shifters TC and Tranny have the squared couplings that are not pressed on. Simply place a couple of pry bars under each side and they will come apart. Be careful of the plastic insert for the TC shifter. Mine was pretty brittle and fell apart .
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:49 PM   #7
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I just pulled on mine till it came off lol

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