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Old 11-05-2011, 03:37 PM   #1
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Jeep pops out of 4 Low - will a bracket solve it?

So I took my new (to me) TJ off road for the first time today and I noticed that it had a tendency to pop out of 4 low unless it's really pulled up hard. No problems with 4 Hi, so I did most of the run like that, but it's definitely harder on the clutch.

The jeep's a 97 Sport (5spd) with a 4"-4.5" suspension lift and what looks like 1"-1.25" body lift. I'm not sure if they did anything to the transfer case linkage when the did the body lift, but I'd rather not spend a fortune or take the whole thing to bits - I'm looking for cheap and easy.

I did some searching and found some positive reviews on this adapter kit from Advance Adapters:

Advance Adapters 715542 - Advance Adapters Transfercase Shifter Bracket for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec

Is this the right sort of thing and will it solve my problem?
Anyone know how complicated the install is?

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Old 11-05-2011, 03:42 PM   #2
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My guess would be its related to the body lift. There is usually a new bracket that has to be installed.Should be mounted under the drivers seat,under side of tub, what usually happens is the the rod that go's into the bracket get bent or out of line. Might just be as simple as adjusting it. There is also an adjustment screw on the back of the t-case linkage. I would start at those two area's before spending any money.

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Old 11-05-2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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Odds are that the transfer case shift lever mechanism has just slipped out of adjustment a tad. There is a single bolt (takes a 1/2" wrench) that clamps the shifter to the shift rod and if it's not quite tight enough, it can let the rod pull slightly out of position and prevent you from pulling the lever enough so it pulls the t-case fully into 4Lo.

Here's a pic of it, the bolt is circled in red.
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Thanks guys. I saw your previous post on it but I thought I'd see if the body lift necessitated a bracket before enlisting someone else to help me adjust the linkage.
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Not all TJs with body lifts require that shifter relocation bracket. I installed a 1" body lift onto my '97 and never installed the t-case bracket since it still shifted fine as it was.
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Mine is all out of whack, I might upgrade to the Novak cable shifter. Between a 1.25" BL, 1.5" MML and moving the TC up almost 3" with the tummy tuck It doesnt shift too smooth.
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:46 PM   #7
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Gotcha. I'll definitely try the adjustment then; I'd rather not have to modify anything that doesn't need modification - there are enough things that do!

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