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Old 09-16-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Transfer case drop. motor mount lift?...

I have a body and suspension lift on my 04' tj wrangler and of course i had to have a transfer case drop. Due to the transfer case drop my shifter angle is off and it hits the console and my shift boot won't fit anymore. This drives me crazy! i was told if i got a motor mount lift kit and got rid of the t-case drop this would solve the problem... is that right? please help!

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I have a body and suspension lift on my 04' tj wrangler and of course i had to have a transfer case drop. Due to the transfer case drop my shifter angle is off and it hits the console and my shift boot won't fit anymore. This drives me crazy! i was told if i got a motor mount lift kit and got rid of the t-case drop this would solve the problem... is that right? please help!
It might help by telling us how much lift is on the jeep. I'm assuming somewhere around 3"? And how thick is the washer/spacers between the frame and the skid plate?

I know that it's possible for an MML to improve driveshaft angles and help with vibrations, but never had any experience with it myself. Maybe someone else can help with that.

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its got a two inch skyjacker suspension lift and two inch body spacers. also a two inch transfer case drop.
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I had this same issue. I removed the dust cover and then removed the foam protector from around the shifter its self. I have 98 so I don't know if this will apply to your 04. But it cured the problem for me! Hope you get it fixed!

But the best ( and expensive in relation) solution would be to get a SYE/DS for the T-case. That is what I will be doing shortly.
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its got a two inch skyjacker suspension lift and two inch body spacers. also a two inch transfer case drop.
Well the body lift is a bit too much. It would be expected for the shifter to drop like that. The transfer case drop doesn't help either.

Either get rid of the body lift, or get an SYE... My vote goes to the body lift.
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well im thinking about going with a motor mount lift. I'm convinced that with this i could ditch the t-case drop and everything would be okay. Or at least this says so.

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well im thinking about going with a motor mount lift. I'm convinced that with this i could ditch the t-case drop and everything would be okay. Or at least this says so.

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Try it. If it doesn't completely eliminate the need for the Tcase drop spacers, then you will be able to at least be able to use thinner spacers.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:45 PM   #8
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Motor mount lift will make your problem worse. The reason for the Tcase drop is for your drive line angles so the rear slip works as its suppose to. Increasing the engine highth will cause your trans and case to pivot. This will change your drive line angles. The change could be minor or major that depends on your current angles. This could cause added vibration from either of the driveline or both. You got two options. 1) Eliminate the tcase drop, this might mean SYE/DS that depends on your current set up. 2) Eliminate the body lift.
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When I did my body lift and mml it moved my shifter back so that it hit the console in 2 & 4. At first I took the screws out of the console moved it back a 1/2" and drilled them back in again. Later on I bought a B&M shifter. The shorter shifts mean that the stick doesnt move as far back. After installing the shifter I moved the console back to the original position and everything works great.
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The 2" body lift and drop is your issue. Many resolve by by trimming the plastic and/or body where it won't clear on the shifter, while some will heat and bend the shifter itself.

Not a fan of body lifts exceeding 1", perhaps consider abandoning that tall of a body lift.
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:24 AM   #11
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so if i ditch the t-case drop for a mml thats not gonna work huh? i was told it would.
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so if i ditch the t-case drop for a mml thats not gonna work huh? i was told it would.
Well he is addressing the problem of the shifter.... The body lift is the problem there. 1.25 body lifts coupled with a 1" MML is known to cause problems shifting. And you got a whole 2 inch body lift on there lol.

The motor mount life MAY help with your issue of the transfer case drop. You might be able to trade the 2" spacers for 1" spacers... Maybe even be lucky enough to not require spacers at all... But I doubt that will happen.

Just ditch the body lift....
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I'm not sure how tall your tires are but with your 2" Skyjacker and 2" body lift, I am guessing you have either have 33" or 35" tires...

Best scenario is for you to junk the existing setup and start from scratch but if that's not feasible, then for 33's, you may get by and resolve your shifter hitting the console by replacing the 2" body lift with a 1" and removing your transfer case drop. If you have vibes from removing the drop (rare for a short 2" lift), you can lower the skid, one washer at a time, to dial out the vibes.

If you have 35's, start from scratch or sell them for 33's.
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Just like the other guys above, ditch the body lift, get an SYE and new rear drive shaft. If your ballin on a budget, you can get a driveline shop to build you one out of the front drive shaft of a TJ.

Good luck!
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Resurrecting an old thread so I don't start a new one. I currently have a 4 inch Pro Comp Stage 2 lift on my 97 TJ. It has the 2.5l and 35 inch tires. The lift came with a transfer drop assembly and I've not had any problems out of it...but I would like to lose it and raise my TCase back to the frame. I am about to have to replace motor mounts and while I'm doing this I'm going to replace the TCase mount too (I figure if the motor mount is worn out, the Tcase mount is probably in need of replacement too.) My question is this...can I ditch the Tcase drop assembly...spacers... and reinstall to the frame like it came originally and add some taller motor mounts to give me the correct drive/pinion angles I need? I figure pushing the motor up will angle the tranny and tcase down at the angle needed but want some good sound mechanical advice about this. If it is possible, where could I obtain the Motor Mounts needed and what size, brand, etc, would be needed? Thanks in advance.
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I do not have any body lift at all.
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Old 11-01-2014, 12:29 PM   #17
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Yeah, you can do a MML and ditch the T-case drop. You might consider a 1" BL so you dont have to modify the fan shroud

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