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I did a search and there was some reference to this problem, but I have a different issue/question.
I have a 97 TJ with a 4" lift. As far as I can tell, there has been nothing done such as a TC drop, etc.
It had always been a little tough going into 2nd and 4th; with 2nd being the hardest. Especially when cold. But manageable.
I recently had a clutch replacement done and now the problem has worsened.
Should things have not bolted up as they did prior?
I am going to take it back to the mechanic but wanted to get ideas/opinions on here prior to doing so.
I realize I can change shifter boots, etc, or cut around the tub.
My question is what would have made it gotten worse.

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Take the shift boot off completely and go for a test drive. That will tell you if the shift boot is causing the bind.

Many of us have replaced the stock accordion shift boot, with a $10 pleather one from Autozone...to allow full engagement into 2nd and 4th.

As to "Why?" it could be that your tranny mount is in a slightly different position that it was before the clutch install.


 

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Thanks Dextreme,
I will give the boot a look.
If that doesn't fix the problem I will go back to my mechanic and see what he can do to address the fact it shifted much better prior to the clutch replacement.
 

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If you have a 4" suspension lift, you would either have to have an sye or t-case drop. Are you sure there is no drop? If part of that lift is a body lift, that could also cause it. Remove the boot completely and drive it as mentioned above and see if that solves the issue. Also check and see if there's a foam tube around the shifter under the boot. If there is, get rid of it.
 

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Thanks for the input guys.
Detached the boot (of which the plastic base frame was broken) and just pushed it down inside the console. Smooth easy non sticking shifts now.
I will leave as is and maybe put the cover Dextreme has on; but I will need to get me a base frame.
 

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Sweet! Don't ya love easy fixes? :drinks:
 
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