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Skyjacker Transfer Case Linkage Bracket

Article written by Joe "Jeepin' Joe" Linert

Date Added: 07/24/2007

Have you ever had trouble shifting your transfer case due to binding in the linkage?

Skyjacker produces a bracket to help keep the shift linkage lined up on your NP231 transfer case. It attaches the shifter directly to the transfer case and gets it off the body, where it never should have been in the first place. No matter what happens to the geometry of the transfer case vs the transmission tunnel, the linkage will stay correct.


1. Remove the old bracket from the transmission tunnel (bolts are under the carpet next to the center console on the driver's side), and remove the three bolts from the bracket on the transfer case.

2. Assemble the new bracket with your stock linkages using the hardware provided in the kit.

3. Position the new bracket on the three original studs on the transfer case and tighten.

4. At this point in the installation, you will need to lengthen the linkage that attaches to the shifter. Measure the linkage, remove it, cut and weld it to the right length using the supplied spacer as per the instructions.
 I placed the transfer case and shifter in neutral to get my measurement. Allow space on the end of the linkage with the adjusting nut so you can fine-tune it when you?re done.

5. After lengthening the upper linkage rod, replace it and make the necessary adjustments using the stock adjusting nut. Test it for any binding and proper operation, and you're on your way.
 This photo shows the adjustable part of the linkage.

Installation Issues

When considering installing this product on your vehicle, be aware there may be some welding involved. As was my case, the stock linkage may need to be lengthened. A small diameter tube is supplied with the kit and works well, but you need access to a welder to finish this upgrade.

Final Thoughts

If you plan on installing a body lift, a low profile belly pan, or a transfer case drop, this product will keep your transfer case linkage in line with no binding. In addition, future mods or upgrades will be easier because you will never have to worry about the linkage geometry again.

After the proper adjustment was made, there was no longer any hard shifting due to binding linkage. It is very smooth and worked flawlessly throughout the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab!!!

Purchase / Vendor Info

Vendor Name: Skyjacker
Address: Skyjacker Suspensions
P.O. Box 1678
West Monroe, LA 71294-1678
Phone: (318) 388-0816
Website: http://www.skyjacker.com

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