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Old 05-26-2019, 07:31 PM
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YJ 2.5 AX5 shifter 5 speed trans stick - Help

On the heels of my clutch replacement I mangled my shifting knob, so it needed to be replaced. In following the instructions on the jam nut and trying to unscrew the knob I manage to sheer the knob clean off. It appears the original knob was pretty well rusted on. So here I am, with a replacement knob but now I no longer have the threaded part on the shifter. I don't have a welder or access to one. Looking at replacements shifters, looks like I'm in at least $80. Can anyone think of an easy hardware store fix to this? Dang!

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Old 05-26-2019, 09:34 PM
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I just couldn't let this go tonight. I rummaged around my junk drawer in the garage and here is what I Frankenstein together. Figured I'd share just in case someone else needs this.


Like I said, I twisted the threaded part right off, so I knew I needed a shaft to fit over the current shifter. I managed to find a pre-painted aluminum support rod I had from something. I cut it to length. I also found a carriage bolt that fit the thread pattern. I knew I was going to need to stop the bolt from being lifted out, so I found some small screws, and I cut them down a bit more to just hold the bolt in place. One small screw on each side.


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This image is it mainly assembled..


Next, I knew I did not want the shaft piece to be easily lifted off, so I drilled a small pilot hole. Once again, I cut down a small screw just to hold it in there. See image


Last but least, fully assembled.



I will probably hit this up with some black paint just to hide the screws.


Should work, will let you know how it holds up.

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Congratulations, It appears you have a come across the elusive adjustable height shift lever upgrade. lol

But I give you high marks for ingenuity!
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Old 05-26-2019, 10:29 PM   #4
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I just drilled a hole in my AX5 lever and tapped it and put a stud in it on my MJ so there was no height difference.
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I don't see any pics so I'll just say that if it doesn't work, take your shift lever and a bolt that fits your shift knob to any muffler shop ... should be less than $20 to have it welded.
Or if ur in southern Indiana I'll weld it for a cheeseburger and a root beer.
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Old 05-27-2019, 07:11 AM
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HA HA, Thanks @Got it at last . It seemed all the extensions needed the threaded piece. I feel I added a bit of artistic flare to my extension out of necessity. It did add about 2 inches, which I wasn't looking for.

@Gottagofast if you click on the links in my posts, do you not see the pictures? So when you tap the AX5 lever, is it threaded so the stud just screws in? Depending on how well this holds up and or I can tolerate the adjustment I may try what you did. Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 05-27-2019, 11:02 AM
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So my bush hack works pretty well. I think I still may look to tap the lever though. I guess if that doesn't work, I can fall back with what I have.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:43 PM   #8
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I don't click links from sources I don't know.... good way to get a virus or worse...
I didn't tap anything, I suggested having it welded... I would consider that to be a superior repair....
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Update... Ultimately I just didn't like the look and feel of what I put together so I found someone selling a whole stick on eBay. I made them an offer and they accepted, so I just replaced the stick. I still have the original in-case I want to get it welded.


Job done and back in action.

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