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Old 07-09-2009, 04:35 PM   #1
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Shifter issue after lift...

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I just had a Skyjacker 2.5" lift installed on my 87' YJ and now the thing "pops" out of reverse and doesn't like to go into 2nd or 4th very well. The shifter feels like it's bound up or something. I've read alot on this board and trying to learn more about what is the right way to fix this. The tech who installed the lift removed the t-case lowering kit and drove it. He said if shifted alot smoother but now there's a vibration at 40 MPH. He called Skyjacker and they told him there was a shift bracket that can be installed that we help out. I suppose this will raise the shifter as not to hit against the body. Anyone experience this issues after a lift? I know there is a bracket for the TJ but not the YJ. I really dont want to start cutting my jeep up...

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Old 07-09-2009, 05:18 PM   #2
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yeah i had a 2.5 lift in my 90 yj and 2 ed gear will pop out some times. thinking about getting a short throw shifter. a little pricy but im like you not ready to cut the floor just yet

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My shifter did the same thing after I installed a Rough Country 4" lift. The simple solution is to pull back the carpet by the shifter and lift the rubber boot. Grab a sawzall and cut out about an inch behind the shifter. Replace the boot and carpet. I have not noticed a difference in noise or moisture after doing this myself. Hope this helps.

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Old 07-09-2009, 08:34 PM   #4
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I haven't seen any "special" bracket for my shifter from Skyjacker online so I'm sure I'll end up cutting my rig. I never thought this was going to be an issue. Do you know if the t-case lowering kit puts any more stress on the drivetrain/motor mounts. I take change the whole angle of the motor/tranny and t-case. Seem's a SYE might be a way to go. I now realize the whole_ Just Empty Every Pocket. Thanks guys for your help!
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I am not sure if the T-case lowering kit puts strain in the drivetrain or anything. So far, I have had no issues with mine.

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Old 07-10-2009, 03:53 PM   #6
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people hack the inside of the floor to make it work. i did it on my first yj and it was fine. the only real solution without cutting the floor is to remove the drop kit, and do a SYE with a cv driveshaft. i know its not the answer you wanted, but ive bee up down and all around in the jeep world n worked on 10 of everything... i cut corners and it worked, just get used to vibrations, and youll be able to install rear ujoints on a jeep really fast after a year or 2 of drivin it that way
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people hack the inside of the floor to make it work. i did it on my first yj and it was fine. the only real solution without cutting the floor is to remove the drop kit, and do a SYE with a cv driveshaft. i know its not the answer you wanted, but ive bee up down and all around in the jeep world n worked on 10 of everything... i cut corners and it worked, just get used to vibrations, and youll be able to install rear ujoints on a jeep really fast after a year or 2 of drivin it that way

I think the SYE is the way to go. Looks like I can get one installed around $500. Not sure if this is anything I should try.

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