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Old 05-02-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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Shifter issues

I installed a 2" body lift a few months ago and I had to cut up the rubber shifter boot to free the stick. I just finished installing a 3.5" suspension lift and now i cant shift to 2nd, 4th, 6th or reverse with the console in. I plan to bend the stick to give me some clearance, but i need to replace the rubber boot under the console to stop the heat from boiling into the jeep while driving. I cant find the part! Anyone know where I can find it or have any other ideas?

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As you have found out, 2" and especialy 3" body lifts cause more problems than they are worth. Don't bend the shifter, just move the console slightly until it is centered again over the shifter. Even that might not fix it, especially if you also have a transfer case drop which just makes the problem worse. The console is only held in place by a few sheet metal screws so it's easy to move it. Once you have the console where you want it, drill a few new holes in the floor pan (they are small diameter) for the console's sheet metal screws to thread into.

Personally, I'd drop the 2" BL down to a 1" and if you have a t-case drop, get rid of it and install a SYE kit and CV driveshaft which eliminates the need for the t-case drop.

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Here is the Chrysler part # 52078970AC

I did the 2" body lift as well & now driving around with out a center console. I have had 2 people try to line it up & no luck. I put a new boot in that you are talking about, since I had it apart. The 2nd guy who tried to line it up cut the boot. So I have had to order 2. Let me know how you do lining up your shifter. I think they also sell an aftermarket one, but OEM not to much $$ so might not be worth it.
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I installed a SYE and CV driveshaft with the drop kit. I was told i would need it to ensure it would not vibrate. Is that not needed?
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A tcase drop should not be installed when there is a sye and cv driveshaft installed. Installing a tcase drop defeats one of the main benefits of and reasons for installing the sye and cv driveshaft.

You just need to make sure the rear pinion angle was set up properly to match the cv driveshaft's requirements. That means adjustable length aftermarket upper rear control arms so the rear pinion angle can be raised so its angle matches the cv driveshaft's angle.
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