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Old 09-29-2015, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just wanted to lift a lil bit for tire clearance. I have addressed the steering issue by doubling the rubber connector and longer bolts, keeps that line correct.
However, what do I need to do to correct the shifter issue with a 2 inch lift? Right now it shifts stiff and when you let off the gas it pops out of some gears (it never did this before)

I am also looking to replace the tired, smoking engine that is currently in it. any suggestions?
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Anything to do with shifting I would check the shift sheet first and make sure it didnt go south.

Are you running non-synthetic old school GL4?
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It's shifting fine just seems like boot or binding after installing the body lift.
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And no special fluid change as of yet
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I ended up rebuilding my trans with OEM synchros and bearings and tried the off the shelf GL5, compatible with GL4. Nope, felt like a tired old trans still. I gave it around 1500 miles and it was just unacceptable to me after spending the time and $$. I went and ordered the fully synth Redline GL4 (no pretense of GL5) and the result was only marginally better. After some research I ended up at the Ford dealer getting the no frills plain ol' GL4. Now she shifts like she should, feels like a fresh trans. I'll attach a pic. In my experience the special fancy oil is exactly what a Samurai does NOT need. Auto parts stores mostly dont touch the old GL4 anymore, a stealership is where to get it.

Although I dont think fluid choice is causing it to pop out of gear since it came up I wanted to add this. No special fluid required, just the old ass stuff it was designed to use turned out to be the winning ticket in my Sami.

May I ask what sort of lift you installed, is it a SPOA, a kit from one of the usual vendors?
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I am also looking to replace the tired, smoking engine that is currently in it. any suggestions?
1.6L 16v Tracker engine!!
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the lift was a body lift 2" from Low Range Off Road
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I cant see how a body lift could effect shifting or transmission function since it doesn't eff up any driveline angles. I have never seen a body lift on a Sami before but I assume that the bodywork around the shifter being raised 2" would not effect shifter range needed to make a full shift.

I know this is reaching but check clutch cable routing since that might move with a lift.
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I took loose the shifter boot and it shifts fine now. natural relax position is almost a 1/2 to the rear so I will need to fab up a new boot mounting system
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Either that or bend the lever.
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