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Old 11-08-2015, 09:44 AM
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How i fixed my shifting issues

My Jeep: 2000 Wrangler (TJ) with the 4.0L and NV3550 5 speed. Has a 4 to 4.5 inch Rubucon Express lift, 33 12.50 15 tires and the transfer case/transmission skid plate has been dropped an inch with spacers. It also has the SYE and a CV driveshaft.

Since it has gotten cold here in Reno, Nevada the transmission has had problems shifting into first and second ... hard to get into first, sometimes refused to go into second and sometimes i had to use two hands to get it into second or just skip second altogether. Slight grind going into third. Stick felt rubbery and not real confident in its' operation, and was hitting the trim ring under the boot in second.

Changed the transmission gear oil to Redline MTL. Smoother, but not better.

I know about raising the skid plate back up, etc. but decided i do not want to tackle that in winter when i can't ride the MC to work as the Jeep is my DD.

What i did:
Went to Summit and bought the B&M short throw shifter. 15 minutes to swap the OEM shifter for the B&M ... about an hour and a half to remove and re-install the plastics.

How it turned out: Fantastic.
Some will say 'notchy' but not really, just a positive click when you change gears. No more rubbery, indistinct shifts, no more grinding, no more interference with the bezel/tub, etc., and i don't 'speed shift' as it's a truck type transmission.

I have no affiliation with B&M or Summit, i am surprised at the positive change made in the Jeep with just this simple swap.

Remember YMMV.

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