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Rocky Bar 02-08-2010 07:10 PM

Clutch Interlock Switch By-Pass
Okay, got another noob question. Was reading the manual today and came across article about the clutch switch by-pass switch. Got 97 4.0 5sp TJ new to us. Looks like this is for using starter while in gear for tricky off-road situations. Why can't this be used all the time on-road or off? All the old stick shift rigs you could use starter for starting while in gear if needed. Any feed-back appreciated. Bet it's a safety thing. Thanks. :)

Atthehop 02-08-2010 07:42 PM

Yes, it's a safety thing but to each his own.

Jerry Bransford 02-08-2010 08:04 PM

I've had my '97 TJ's clutch safety interlock bypassed since the first weekend I had it home after buying it new. If you know to step on the clutch or shift into neutral before starting the engine, there's no need for the bypass. People didn't need them before the lawyers got involved.

While newer TJs bypass it by inserting a fuse, the '97's is bypassed by moving a cable connector just above the driver's side footwell. How to do so is fully described in your owner's manual and is nothing more than moving a small connector to a different location. :)

Jerry Bransford 02-08-2010 08:41 PM

Found my copy of the photo showing how to do it...

Rocky Bar 02-08-2010 08:55 PM

Clutch Switch
Thanks Jerry for the info and pic. Will be changing ours over to starting in gear. Don't want to be crawling under dash every time we go off-road. Brian.

HighlanderMike 05-03-2010 05:53 PM

Hi can anyone tell me how to bypass it on my 2007JK? thanks,Mike

Nairb 07-08-2010 07:31 AM

Why can't I see the pictures?

1997 tj

4Jeepn 07-08-2010 07:54 AM


Originally Posted by Nairb (Post 680937)
Why can't I see the pictures?

1997 tj

there are none in this thread so far.. as for other threads, are you not seeing them there either?

slyr114 11-01-2011 05:52 PM

sorry to bring up an old dead thread, but i am trying to engage the clutch bypass by moving the connector and i have the diagram, however when i look under the steering wheel i cant seem to locate this connector.... can someone post a real picture of the wire i am supposed to move because i cant wrap my head around where this is lol. 97tj btw

Jerry Bransford 11-01-2011 05:55 PM

I will repost that illustration later tonight, pm me if I don't by 6 or 7 o'clock.

slyr114 11-01-2011 05:57 PM

ok thank you

Jerry Bransford 11-01-2011 08:15 PM

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Here ya go. Note you only have to move a plug at the end of a small electrical cable from from the Clutch Interlock Safety Switch Fastener to the By-Pass Connector. :)

slyr114 11-02-2011 11:26 AM

thanks for that i seem to understand it on the picture, however i cant seem to actually find this? do you have an actual picture so i can see where it is lol.

Jerry Bransford 11-02-2011 11:34 AM

It's above the driver's side footwell, above where you put your feet.

Rocky Bar 11-02-2011 12:37 PM

Clutch Safety Switch
While on this subject has anyone installed a hidden switch in line with the bypass to disable starting? Thinking of doing this to my TJ, as a rip-off slow down.:wavey:

Jerry Bransford 11-02-2011 02:29 PM

That's a good idea that wouldn't be difficult to do!

obidya 11-12-2012 11:49 PM

you could wire in a 3 way switch,

clutch switch on
clutch switch off
start disabled

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