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Old 10-26-2009, 09:09 AM   #1
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lift installed 4th gear messed up

ok here is my problem.

just had a 4in RC lift installed WITH a T drop kit.
4th gear ONLY goes into gear like an Inch now.
if i let off the gas headed to a light or just tap it when in 4th it pops out!
it is NOT hitting anything and I also bent the rod just in case. Hits nothing!

WHY?? why does it not drop down deep into 4th now? reverse is not as it was before but not bad.

all other gears are the same and good to go!

any info??

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Old 10-26-2009, 11:22 AM   #2
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:18 PM   #3
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:48 PM   #4
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Hey,after reading your post and doing a bit of thinking,i may have a possible solution, when my dad put a lift on his wrangler he had roughly the same issue and what ended up solving it was taking of the shifter boot and removing a piece of foam at the base of the shifter which will come in contact with the console around it.. how ever on my friends jeep he had to cut the plastic on the center console to get the shifter to have a long enough throw.

what i would do is park your jeep on flat ground and take off the shifter boot and play with the gears normally looking at where the shifter rod rubs or comes in contact with the surrounding area... the lift wouldnt have effected anything mechanically with the transmission and how it engages into certain gears so its just a matter of getting the shifter to have the correct amount of throw..

lemme know if this helps at all
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:20 PM   #5
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thanks for the reply.
we took it off and bent the rod when i was home a couple week ago.
We did not see anything else hitting but will try and look again when I get back from this crap hole in Mid Dec.
(doing some security stuff overseas for 60 days)

I appreciate the reply!

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Old 10-26-2009, 04:59 PM   #6
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when i installed my RC lift i had the same problem. the rubber boot is too thick to allow it to go into gear so i moved my entire console back about a half inch (if that), and also removed the foam tube the post above was talking about. after i did those 2 things i put back on the rubber boot and it works fine now. hope that helps
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Old 10-26-2009, 05:33 PM   #7
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I just put on the 3.25" lift and ran into this problem while running the t-case drop aswell.

You will need to re-locate your center console back about and 1" to 1.25", redril mounting holes and snugg it down.

Also you will need to do the following. When the console is removed you will need to remove the lower rubber boot from the jeeps floor (tub), once that rubber boot is taken off you will see your 2nd problem, your shift lever will be hitting the tub b4 it fully engages into 4th gear, chances are your 2nd and R gears are not engaging fully too.

So the best thing to do is remove the dust seal on the shift lever down on the transmission, there is a hardened stell cup under that dust seal that has an oval shape cut into the top of it. Push that cup down and rotate it counter clock wise, the easiest way to do this is from under the jeep with one arm on one side of the tranny and the other arm on the other side, looks much like a big bear hug, push down and turn that cup.

There is a spring under that cup so once it is turned/released it will pop up, you will be able to then pull out your shift lever out, from the top of your tranny.

Now that your shift lever is out of the way you can trim your tub with a grinder, sawsall, jigsaw etc... you only need to trim about an inch out of the tub, your rubber boot that attatches to the tub should still cover your altered hole when finished. Note, when grinding the tub make sure to cover the hole in the top of your tranny, the hole that your shif lever came out of.

Once everything is back together:

Tub trimmed so shift lever does not hit
shift lever re-installed
Console relocated back 1-1.25"

you are all set,

its possible that your shift lever will still hit your console, so you could take it back out and tweak it forward a bit so it will no longer hit.

its a little bit of a job but took me about 1.5 hrs. figuring this out as i went along.

Good luck

Maybe take some pics

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big thumbs up to you all for the help.
I will not be stateside until Mid Dec so I will be trying all of that when I get home.


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