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Old 01-22-2008
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Icon4 transfer case mod???

is there any modification so i can have a manual shift lever for my transfer case like they did for the 02'-03' FX4 level 2 with manual trans? my truck is an 02' XLT with the 4.0L automatic. i like the convenience of a automatic shift but yet i like the piece of mind knowing that when i engage my 4 wheel drive it is in. has any one seen or done it?
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its been done, but by the looks of it, its a PITA to get all the right parts, especially the shift levers and w/e
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Yup. You'll need a complete manual shift case and quite a few other parts. You can't just mod your current transfer case.


Very easy swap, but most of the parts are rare and hard to come by.
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theres gotta be a way to ghetto rig the electric case.... i know it!


no really.. i bet if it was a trail rig it could be done somehow

but i have a weir feeling it wouldnt work too well
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theres gotta be a way to ghetto rig the electric case.... i know it!


no really.. i bet if it was a trail rig it could be done somehow

but i have a weir feeling it wouldnt work too well
ya take off the **** on the dash and put on a really big shifter lever haha
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i was thinking, find what the shift motor shifts, and weld a bar to it, then make some weird *** linkage
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the only way to make an electric t-case work is to swap in the front of a manual t-case and the internals........

best bet is to find a '01-'94 Explorer with one and grab the parts off them...
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There is a ghetto method. It's over on explorerforum.com.

I don't think I'm doing it though. It's too rigged even for me, lol.
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Old 01-27-2008
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The linkage would be very comlipated, or you can crawl underneath the truck and move it by hand.
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Old 01-27-2008
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I have a homebrew manual shifter for my automatic Tcase, but I never used it. I bought a manual case to replace it.
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Is there a way to do it by hand when you crawl under the truck? because yesterday my transfer case didnt want to come outa four low after wheeling in the snow then it decided to work again after i played with the connectors and stuff.
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Is there a way to do it by hand when you crawl under the truck? because yesterday my transfer case didnt want to come outa four low after wheeling in the snow then it decided to work again after i played with the connectors and stuff.

Yes, you can do it by hand.
On the rear of the t-case is a little motor held in by 3 bolts, remove it and there is a shaft with 2hi, 4 hi, and 4lo marked just turn it the way the arrow points.
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4 bolts if you count the one that holds the bracket to the case at the back of the motor.
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Yes, you can do it by hand.
On the rear of the t-case is a little motor held in by 3 bolts, remove it and there is a shaft with 2hi, 4 hi, and 4lo marked just turn it the way the arrow points.
make sure the transmission is in neutral before you do this...
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Also that you e-brake is on.

Between 4LO and 4HI there is a neutral position. This will allow the truck to roll if you did have it in park for some reason. Or you can chock your wheels when you put it in neutral.

I'll be posting soon on a simple "alternative" control system for the t-case.
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I'll be posting soon on a simple "alternative" control system for the t-case.
ut ohhhh! can't wait to see that!
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Ha ha! I use a control switch from an Explorer sunroof, 3 or 4 relays, 3 LED's, couple of resistors and a handful of diodes. Fewer components than the stock system and you remain in control unless power fails or the motor itself goes bad.

What you lose is shift-on-the-fly which I don't care about anyway. You must go into neutral to change range for any function.

What you end up with is an almost bullet-proof ability to hit 2WD and 4LO as long as the motor works and some of the contacts in the limit switch hold up. In the event of contacts failing completely, a "bypass" is electrical in the cab rather than crawling under the truck and I'm thinking about an out-of-the-way keyswitch for that function.

If you've got 12 volts and the motor works -- you're golden. The logic for those things is way to complex due to the shift-on-the-fly requirement.
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My arm is still the most reliable mechanism. If that fails, I'm in real trouble!
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Still the most reliable mechanism...

I love my red x shifter too....
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I love my red x shifter too....
I can't post pics?
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My arm is still the most reliable mechanism. If that fails, I'm in real trouble!
If I had a manual shifter, I'd be using the "Armstrong method" as well!
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