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JK Rouge 06-20-2008 04:03 PM

2nd TJ - 2nd one that needed shift bushings
Hey, I'm a newb on this forum. Just wanted to share with other TJ owners that I've now had 2 used TJs (a '98 Sport and my "new" '99 SE) and both of them needed the fix for the rattling transfer case shift linkage. It's pretty well documented but it seems that many owners apparently don't know about it. If you can swing a wrench it really isn't all that difficult. I put it in this afternoon in about 2 hours mostly due to the rustiness of my shift linkage. Due to the improved brass bushing and new rubber boots, once you do it, it should be good for quite a long time.

Here's the scoop.

Triple88a 06-20-2008 05:34 PM

yup, those things are very crappy design. When i first got my jeep, i payed 150 to fix it at the dealer. After i did the body lift (my first modification that made me work with the linkage) i realized i payed 150 bucks for 15 bucks in parts and 5-10 minutes of labor. Dealers are such a rip off.

timritchieblue 06-20-2008 09:35 PM

mud stoped my noise!!!!!

richp 06-21-2008 06:43 AM

I've always sprayed my linkages with either Mobil-1 spray lubricant or Royal Purple spray lubricant, I use that stuff on everything that moves underneath. I use it on the hinges too, made the tailgate hinge much smoother.

JK Rouge 06-22-2008 04:56 AM

For those of you that haven't installed one of these (yet), the $25 kit includes a new spring loaded accordion style boot that slips over the shift shaft and a fixed rubber boot for the bracket side that, when installed, sandwich the brass bushing.

These parts were not part of the original design. It also appears that the bushing itself is of a newer design as the new bushing is actually a ball that is free to swivel in its holder. Maybe the original did too but, without the boots, and after 8-9 years of exposure, mine weren't and the brass was just wearing away against the shaft resulting in the clunking noises.

When I installed mine I loaded up the 2 rubber boots (both sides) full of grease to give the new brass bushing the best possible chance at the next 8-9 years.

The kit also comes with 3 new plastic linkage bushings, but mine were fine, and it looked like a pita to remove them, so I did not bother installing those. Also the kit comes with 2 self tapping screws to replace the original machine screws. I assume that is because they expect the threads in the bracket to be rusty and hosed-up from removal. Mine were OK, so I just cleaned them up and reinstalled them with a little anti-seize rather than butchering the threads in the bracket with the self tappers.

Triple88a 06-22-2008 12:10 PM

hmmm my dealer did not install the spring loaded bushing.

JK Rouge 06-22-2008 06:05 PM

Here's the correct layout:

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