I just installed my Novak Cable Shifter and am having some issues...I already emailed Novak regarding it, but figured I'd ask those of you here who are running it as well...the more thoughts the better, right?
Here's a copy of the email I sent...
I just installed my cable shifter (#SK2XC) on my 02 Wrangler (5 speed) with the NP231 t-case...for the most part the install went fairly smoothly, but I ran into two issues...and they're most likely related.
During installation, it seems as if the cable is just a hair too long...I centered all my adjusters and installed it and my clevis assembly went well beyond the attachment point on the shift lever on the tcase. I screwed both ends on the cable as far inward as they would go and it was still too long. I loosened the 2 large nuts on the L-bracket and threaded the rear nut barely on (1 or 2 turns--just enough that it wouldn't slip off). I then tightened them down and just BARELY was able to get the clevis assembly lined up with the shift lever. Is this a common issue on the TJ Jeeps or did I do something wrong? I figured it'd be fine like that...but then I ran into issue #2 and now I'm unsure how to proceed with adjustments.
Tcase stays in 2HI fine...shifts into 4HI and N fine...it goes into 4LO fine, but with the shift handle all the way up as high as it'll go (either it's hitting or I'm out of cable--it is physically bumping into something signifying it has no remaining travel left), it is jumping out of 4LO. At first I thought it was okay, but as soon as I made a turn in the grass, it jumped into N with a nice loud bang. I basically have about 1/4" pull between Neutral and hitting that physical stop point in 4LO. How do I go about adjusting this, especially taking into consideration issue #1 above?
Thank you for the help! Aside from these issues, everything seems very well designed, of high quality, and I'm sure once I get it working 100%, I'm going to love it so much more than the poorly designed OEM setup.