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KingKongFu 12-16-2012 10:19 AM

3" Body Lift Cut - 4WD Problems
 
Bought my Jeep with a 3" BL on it and finally got my 4" Suspension Lift in so cut 3" BL in half yesterday in hopes of putting in the 4" lift in a few weeks. All went well except when I tested 4WD it went into 4HI like butter but when I tried for 4LO it was stiff. I decided to just go back to 2WD and modify the bracket installed with the 3" BL rather than forcing it but it got stuck in 4HI even in the 2WD position.

So, now I am not sure exactly the angle I should have from the bracket to the 4WD link/shifter. The bracket hangs pretty low right now and it is angled up from the bracket to the body. Should it be flat? I don't want to honeycomb this bracket trying to find the sweet spot for shifting my 4WD. And just a note, when the 3" BL was on I could shift to and run in 4LO but it would pull out of it going up hill climbs so I don't think the bracket install was perfect to begin with.

Thanks for any advice...

stretch2000tj 12-16-2012 01:21 PM

Sounds like whoever did the BL was no guru. Sorry for your troubles.

rickgonzales 12-16-2012 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by stretch2000tj (Post 3110165)
Sounds like whoever did the BL was no guru. Sorry for your troubles.

Agreed.

And the PO probably had a 3"bl to get it up for cheap which is the wrong way to go in my opinion. Id get rid of the bl or bring it down to 1.25"

05wrangler 12-16-2012 07:55 PM

maybe look into a novak shift cable? Novak's 231 & 242 Cable Shifter Kit

thewampus97tj 12-16-2012 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by 05wrangler (Post 3111265)
maybe look into a novak shift cable? Novak's 231 & 242 Cable Shifter Kit

This is a great product. Fixes all the linkage problems from factory linkage.

KingKongFu 12-16-2012 08:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stretch2000tj (Post 3110165)
Sounds like whoever did the BL was no guru. Sorry for your troubles.

Agreed! Just adding the 3" BL proved that

Quote:

Originally Posted by rickgonzales (Post 3110962)
Agreed.

And the PO probably had a 3"bl to get it up for cheap which is the wrong way to go in my opinion. Id get rid of the bl or bring it down to 1.25"

Done! I cut it in half... was easier to ensure all were exact rather then going the extra .25

Quote:

Originally Posted by 05wrangler (Post 3111265)
maybe look into a novak shift cable? Novak's 231 & 242 Cable Shifter Kit

Quote:

Originally Posted by thewampus97tj (Post 3111428)
This is a great product. Fixes all the linkage problems from factory linkage.

Once funds build back up I may look into this.


Just to close the loop... I did fix it today. I just took the 3" bracket that came with the lift and moved it to a 1.5" bracket. After shifting in and out of everything a few times it seems everything is working as it should.

3" cut down to 1.5" = completed!

rickgonzales 12-16-2012 09:11 PM

Glad it worked out for you

mahyowie 02-15-2013 01:03 PM

I'm in the same boat as you. Bought my tj with a 3in body lift. I hate body lifts and I can tell that I have some problems with it so I've been considering cutting it in half since I don't have the funds for a 4" suspension yet. Any tips or words of advice for cutting it down?


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