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97Wrang
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:48 pm    Post subject: shifter problem after body lift Reply with quote

I installed a 3 inch body lift over the weekend and I'm waiting on some bolts that I ordered from jeep for the 4 wheel drive.

The problem is that when I was dryshifting it I noticed that besides the fact that the shifter is really low that it is also hitting the console when I shift into the lower gears, 2nd, 4th, and reverse. Anyone know how to fix this or had the same problem or similar one?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You want the answer you want to hear or the right way to fix it?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

either one, i just want to fix it so i can drive it
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well...either you'll have to custom make a shifter arm...or lower that body lift to about 1" and use a suspension lift to make up the rest.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know if it is easy to move the center console back an inch or less?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it hitting the center console, or is it hitting the BODY underneath the center console (meaning, the transmission hump). Because it's pretty common for the shifter to actually hit the BODY after a 3" body lift (which is just another reason why most people avoid going any taller than 2", and many including myself just stick with 1"). If it's just hitting the console, then either modify your existing one (cutting the opening and buying a new shifter boot, or moving the entire console somehow) or buying a new one with a different design that doesn't interfere with the shifter.

Another common fix is to bend the shifter itself to reduce the angle and the amount it comes back.

But really, you need to check and see if it's hitting the BODY TUB itself, because modifying/moving the console won't solve that problem.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya I went over and checked it and it is hitting the center console and not the tub.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to drop my T-case (same effect bassically) and I had to take a foam sleeve off, and get a different style shift boot. Of course, my TC drop was maybe an 1" at the most!

Unless you drill your own holes, I don't think there is any way to move the console back...

...can you say dremel tool?

Either that, or take out the 3" BL and put in a 1" BL with a 2" Suspension Lift
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have the money to go with a suspension lift right now, because if im going to buy one its going to be for more than 2 inches. I think I'm just going to have to drill holes for moving the center console back. That seems to be the easiest way to do things right now.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if it was me i wouldnt modify my console if i was going to take out the body lift and replace it with suspension

why not just get a set of 30s and wheel it stock? I did that with my grand and it did alright and that was a grand, im sure you would be better off road than a stock grand

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm surprised the kit didn't come with an extension for the shift lever. I helped install a 2" BL a couple of weeks ago and it came with one.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It came with an extension for the shifter itself but it comes back a little too far, im going to remove the foam on it that will give me a little more room, and then ill see where I am from there tomorrow night.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A motor mount lift by 1" might help. Will have to relocate the fan shroud too.

Am I wrong to think body lifts over 1" are dangerous for highway use?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

T.O.W. Vehicle wrote:
Am I wrong to think body lifts over 1" are dangerous for highway use?

Well, they certainly aren't ideal. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hell all the stuff you are gonna have to re orginize becuase of this body lift is gonna be just as much work as install a suspension lift
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