Transfer Case Shift Lever Modification
Seat Risers, and Hood Decals.
Reprised from previously. Note the aftermarket straight stick transfer case shift
lever hits the very end of the slot in the 4-low position. A known problem with these.
Time to do something about this. Heat it and dog leg it.
... painted, and re-installed.
Now notice a more upright stance to the lever in 4-low, and its almost an inch off
the end of the slot. The previous situation may have been holding the transfer case
slightly out of gear, not good. Now there's no worry whatsoever of that happening.
The knob used to mush into any drink cup in the forward cup holder, no spills now!
View from above, 4-Low position.
2-hi from above. Now I get to figure out what I can use that now empty space for,
since the stock style "parking brake handle" no longer occupies it. Gauges, maybe?
Speaking of gearshift levers, I put this extension onto the main transmission shifter.
This gets my hand away from the CB mic cords, plus makes it a bit higher which is nice.
I also replaced the interior rear view mirror, the old one had some water damage.
1¼" seat riser kit from "StreetRays". Also showing a couple of the stock bolts.
Driver's seat done, showing height differential.
Showing front of seat unbolted, ready for risers.
Closeup of one of the risers, typ. 4 places. Yes, I vacuumed out the Jeep while doing this!
Later model TJs were noted for having nicer seats than earlier models - however the nicer seats were also significantly lower than previously, hence the plethora of seat riser kits from several manufacturers. Many are plastic, a few more expensive ones are metal, but I found a maker who was blowing out their in-house machined metal product for less than a plastic version, so I grabbed them. I certainly can see the front fenders better! I'm retaining the factory bolt set in case myself or a future owner wants to return them to stock height.
3 of the risers on each seat use one size bolt, but the 4th one uses a larger bolt for reasons fathomable only to Jeep. I wasn't happy with the washers provided with the smaller bolts, they needed to be changed to fender washers. Otherwise, this kit is top notch and uses American sourced 8.8 hardware.
Supplied washers on small bolts didn't even cover the mounting holes in the seat rails.
Stock bolt with stock captive washer. New fender washers the same size were obtained.
Fender washer installed, but I also retained the smaller washers that came with the kit.
This is the "large bolt", one per seat. Its washer was just fine!
Of course, I got called on the Jeep forum for the crooked riser block in the above pictures. I
didn't even notice it myself until I took those pictures - my forum brothers should be happy now!
Worked with VellosVinyl.com on New Year's eve. This screen shot was the result
of what I had asked for. I went with the bottom one. There are lots of outfits that make
hood decals for Jeeps, but not many can do graphics, they're text only and their font
selection is minimal. Vello's Vinyl not only could do the lotus graphic, but their font
selection was tops! It took a couple of weeks to receive, USPS took their time delivering!
But here they are at last!
Pretty easy installation.
Now my Jeep has a name!
Read on for the next part!