Shifting out of 4low

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its not going to shift as smooth as the transmission shifter, you are basically manually meshing gears together, so not a smooth engagement....





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light movement while shifting into and out of 2H/4H/4L i try to do it running 3-4 mph and it has gotten a little easier each time i have shifted it. So either i am learning the way of the transfer case or its easing up with the use. either way still enjoying having to use 4L on the trails :jk:
 

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light movement while shifting into and out of 2H/4H/4L i try to do it running 3-4 mph and it has gotten a little easier each time i have shifted it. So either i am learning the way of the transfer case or its easing up with the use. either way still enjoying having to use 4L on the trails :jk:
This. OP yours sounds like mine. In theory you slow roll and it is easy. I won’t say butter. I think there is somewhat of an art to it, become the gear, kinda thing. But, the more you do it the more you know when you did it right.
 

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When I test drove my JLU with the dealer, I had the same issue. He chuckled and said, "its a Jeep, just manhandle it a little!" I found that with auto trans if you kick the trans in neutral and shift out of 4L while you are just slightly rolling, its much easier. Reminds me of an old Chevy PU I used to have with an NP205 transfer case.....had to do the exact same thing
 

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Transfer case shifts quite stiffly. My old JK was about the same as JL. Tranny in Neutral to go to 4Lo with just barely moving works easiest. 2H to 4H can be done in gear. I would avoid shifting 2H to 4H or vice versa while under a load.
 

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Greetings all.

I was having this same issue yesterday and found this thread while investigating. What's the procedure with a manual transmission? If I am in 1st and start rolling, is it fine to just press the clutch in and pull the transfer case lever?? It's either that or start rolling, press the clutch, shift into neutral, release the clutch, and then pull the transfer case lever.

Either way I am not going to try shifting into 4-low from a stop again.
 

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At a slow roll, 2-3mph, put your tranny in neutral and then shift the transfer case into 4L. You need to be going at a slow roll (and tranny in neutral). You'll be fine. Repeat the same step for going back to 4H or 2H. A slow roll of 2-3mph, tranny in neutral, and then shift your transfer case.

Enjoy it! you paid for one of the best offroading vehicles around! have fun. :)
 

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I read that 4L gears are stationary while in 4H or 2H. All gears are aligned except 4L. When shifting into 4L, you move slowly to allow the gears to line up properly. Maybe one of the real gear guys on here can educate us but it makes sense to me.
 

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I use 4L nearly every day. I shift with auto transmission in N, rolling ~3 mph. Going into 4L has gotten easy, but getting it back out is still hard.

I use my right knee under my hand. I seem to have more control that way.
 

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The b&m transfer case shifter makes it a lot easier by giving you more leverage. And rolling very slowly with trans in neutral (manual or automatic) is the best way. Also the more you use it the easier it gets.
Side note: if you have a manual, the sport shifter is definitely worth the money as well.

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Getting out of 4L can be difficult if there is tension on the transfer case gears. This can happen from turning in 4L where front/rear tires cover a different distance. Try driving in a straight line for a bit on dirt to release tension before shifting out of 4L.
 

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Greetings all.

I was having this same issue yesterday and found this thread while investigating. What's the procedure with a manual transmission? If I am in 1st and start rolling, is it fine to just press the clutch in and pull the transfer case lever?? It's either that or start rolling, press the clutch, shift into neutral, release the clutch, and then pull the transfer case lever.

Either way I am not going to try shifting into 4-low from a stop again.
With a manual transmission you can just press the clutch in and shift into or out of 4L (while rolling). No need to shift it into neutral.

That’s what I do and I just checked the manual to make sure.
 

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The b&m transfer case shifter makes it a lot easier by giving you more leverage. And rolling very slowly with trans in neutral (manual or automatic) is the best way. Also the more you use it the easier it gets.
Side note: if you have a manual, the sport shifter is definitely worth the money as well.

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How many hours labor on the transmission shifter install?
 

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How many hours labor on the transmission shifter install?
I literally swapped both in the parking lot on my lunch break. :LOL: There is a good instructional video on YouTube. I just watched it and brought the tools I needed to work with me. All together it took 30-45 minutes.
 

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