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    Default Transfer case shifter binding.

    Hello, I have been off MJ for a long while. Lad year got myself a 2005 TJ that met my requirements, 4 in Rough Country lift, 285/70r17 tires, and Mike Marker winch. This year changed bumpers, new top, sye kit. Will post pics soon.
    This last week I installed a Rough Country SYE. Figured out I put the linkage back on wrong, fixed it. Transfer case shifted through all ranges fine before I put the skid plate back on. I just put the skid plate on and now I canít shift into 4lo? Any suggestions?
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    Drop the skid plate and see if the problem goes away. If so look into why the skid plate seems to be interfering with the linkage.
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    So I took the skid plate off, leaving a jack stand to support the transmission at roughly the stock position just to see about interference. Still binding. Just took the jack stand out and let it all hang down and now I can shift the transfer case. But it would be like having the spacer for the transfer case drop in. I have been trying to adjust the linkage most off the last two days that I have been off.
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    So I ended up putting the skid plate spacers back in. Shifts fine, looks like I need to get a new linkage. But that will have to wait for now.
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    The linkage is jacked up, common problem on TJ's. If you have the t-case dropped and it's correct then the correction kit for it may be on it, causing misalignment of the shifter. Snap a pic of the linkage area on the driver side between the frame rail and case.
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    If the linkage is binding this little gizmo should fix it. It will isolate the linkage from the body, it did it for me....

    https://www.quadratec.com/products/1...MXdxoC_w3w_wcB

    Or you can go the cheapo route with the next one, but the linkage will still connected to the body.

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    Get the Novak cable shifter. Just put mine in. Smooth like butter. I highly recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thompson View Post
    Get the Novak cable shifter. Just put mine in. Smooth like butter. I highly recommend.

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    Agree with the Novak cable, the factory linkage is a bad design from the word go and from what you describe your linkage needs to be adjusted. Good Luck
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    Azzy's Design Works makes that shifter kit and it's available in stainless so it will not rust.
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