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Body Lifting A FX4. Some Quick Questions

Alright here's the deal i am gonna be getting a body lift in the next week or so and i got some questions. I have the FX4 package. My questions is do i need a shifter extension for the Transfer case or just the transmission. Thanks guys
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Do you have a manual shifted T-case? If you do then you will have to do some cutting, and fab up your own, there is nothing aftermarket
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If your talking about an extension for the manual t-case, you are about to tackle one of the biggest pain in the a$$ things i have had to deal with on my truck.
It will work with no extension but you wont be able to shift into 4low. After making a few extensions myself and none of them working the way i wanted to i finally broke down and took it to a shop to have it done.
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If your talking about an extension for the manual t-case, you are about to tackle one of the biggest pain in the a$$ things i have had to deal with on my truck.
It will work with no extension but you wont be able to shift into 4low. After making a few extensions myself and none of them working the way i wanted to i finally broke down and took it to a shop to have it done.
well i good as long as i can get into 4hi thats all i need. i should just be able to notch out the floor if i really want to get into 4lo right
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Its not so much the floor that stops you from shifting it into 4low it is the shifter bezel.
Once you have the lift on when the shifter is all the way forward in 2wd its comes close to hitting the front of the bezel and when you try to put it in 4low it hits the bottom of the bezel.
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Its not so much the floor that stops you from shifting it into 4low it is the shifter bezel.
Once you have the lift on when the shifter is all the way forward in 2wd its comes close to hitting the front of the bezel and when you try to put it in 4low it hits the bottom of the bezel.
Ok I got ya...did you ever try just buying a shifter extension for the transmission and seeing if you could mod it to make it work with the tcase. and what did they do at a shop for you
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The trans shifter extension won't work on the transfer case shifter, there is no way. You will have to do something custom. Probably have to weld a section of steel to it to make it longer.
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well that aint good. i will figure it out tho
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i bolted the shifter on the other side it works fine just gotta push a little on it when goig back to 2wd but just bolt it to the other side, and dont run the bezel
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i bolted the shifter on the other side it works fine just gotta push a little on it when goig back to 2wd but just bolt it to the other side, and dont run the bezel


the other side of what? got a picture?
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I have seen someone just fab a peice in there.. weld a piece of steel its really not that hard to do.. some cutting and welding.

really easy once i got to looking at it. I will do it next.
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I have seen someone just fab a peice in there.. weld a piece of steel its really not that hard to do.. some cutting and welding.

really easy once i got to looking at it. I will do it next.
yea i will just do that....my buddy is a good welder so he will be able to do it no problem. do you know how big the piece should be
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I made an extension for mine, wasn't hard at all. Although there wasn't enough clearance to use the fx4 style bezel, I was able to use the boots/bezel for an older dual stick ranger and I didn't have to trim it at all. Still has room to spare. Not as flashy as the fx4 bezel/boots, but more functional with the body lift.

Refer to this link for some info I posted about my t-case lever extension
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ight=extension

Heres a pic of my boot setup.
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i appreicate the info razor...i think i can get something just like that made for mine...with that extension would i be able to run the FX4 bezzle
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i appreicate the info razor...i think i can get something just like that made for mine...with that extension would i be able to run the FX4 bezzle
Doubtful. The clearance in that bezel is just so minimal even without a body lift. The way the boots attach to that bezel makes it hard to trim as well. You MIGHT be able to make it work, but I suppose you'll be in for a good bit of trial and error.
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yeah i had a bodylift on mine too. i had soo many problems trying to correct the tcase. i made an extension but it still would bind on 4low, and i had to whittle on the bezel. That bezel is 200 bucks too haha, i learned that the hard way.

I ended up spending about 5-600 replacing it all. that was the floor plate/boot, bezel, and shift boots.

im not trying to pee on your parade, haha just try not to cut the bezel if you can.
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So what if i put a even longer extension on the tcase and kept it strong enough to shift into low....i really would like to keep it...but if all else fails i will just ditch it.
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How about ditch the body lift since they look pretty stupid and save money for a real lift?
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Mainly cause i want a body lift and a suspension lift
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For what?
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How about ditch the body lift since they look pretty stupid and save money for a real lift?
How does a body lift look stupid?
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How does a body lift look stupid?
Hey everyone look at my frame!
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Lol you can't even see my frame unless you lay down on the ground. I guess not seeing the frame is worth $1300 to you
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Hell I can see my frame and transfercase that looks like a set of dingle berries as is and I'm stock.

That and not having to modding anything is worth it to me.
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Well I'll just keep the stupid looking truck and the extra couple hundred dollars I saved, works for me.
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