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Old 11-28-2017, 08:18 PM   #1
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on a later model 4x4 5spd, can you pull the transmission and transfer case without pulling the shift lever out first? curious if theres enough play in that boot to do so.
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Old 11-29-2017, 05:04 AM   #2
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on a later model 4x4 5spd, can you pull the transmission and transfer case without pulling the shift lever out first? curious if theres enough play in that boot to do so.
Probably could get the transmission LOOSE, but due to length of imput shaft, probably NOT enough room to pull the tranny all the way back and out without removing the shifter. And think about putting it back IN...you would have to raise the truck PDH ('pretty damn high') for the shifter to clear the bottom of the truck. Of course, you could lay it down sideways and sort of lift and turn it...but I think the easiest way is to remove the shifter.

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Cut a big slit down the floorboard.
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Old 11-29-2017, 12:45 PM   #4
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it can be done if you're willing to cut out the exhaust with a sawzall and weld it back in when you're done.
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Old 11-29-2017, 03:58 PM   #5
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Removing the shift lever is pretty easy.

1. Remove the big boot in the cab.
2. Clean the crud off the top of the transmission so none falls inside when you open it.
3. remove the four bolts from the flange. (12mm socket)
4. Carefully lift the entire assembly up while watching for a small spring that may or may not be under the flange. If you have a spring in yours, just carefully remove it and set it aside. I never encountered that, but have read about it, so just be mindful of it.
5. Stuff a clean rag in there to keep dirt out.
6. Order a fresh boot and nylon tip for the shifter assembly if your parts are worn or missing. I'm referring to the small rubber boot that goes over the shifter and onto the flange, not the interior boot. it keeps dirt out of the shifter ball. The nylon tip is a piece that snaps onto the tip of the shifter that engages the internal linkage. Both parts are cheap and necessary.

The advantages to removing the shifter this way are that it is simpler than messing with snap rings, and it becomes easy to pour the new oil in from the top if you end up replacing the oil. (Strictly GL4 fluid)
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does the 4 clinder transmission use the C clips that hold the shifter in the trans? i know the V6 does. and removing those are a mofo without a good set of c clip pliers.
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Old 11-29-2017, 06:40 PM   #7
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does the 4 clinder transmission use the C clips that hold the shifter in the trans? i know the V6 does. and removing those are a mofo without a good set of c clip pliers.
Sure does. It's one large snap ring. I used my shitty harbor freight snap ring pliers and a screwdriver to hold the ring after the pliers slipped out lol.
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:43 PM   #8
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yah i know how to pull the shift lever bbut i dont want to take the carpet out of the truck to do it. i cant get hte carpet to slip off the boot.

whats the exhaust have to do with anything?

also do s13 flywheels fit our trucks? i like to get a second flywheel pre-machined so i dont have to wait on the machine shop when i do transmission work.
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Can you remove the metal boot ring and slit the corners of the hole in the carpet where the ring will cover it? I recall having to do that the first time. That was years ago, though.
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Old 11-30-2017, 06:45 PM   #10
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yah i know how to pull the shift lever bbut i dont want to take the carpet out of the truck to do it.
Seriously, what was Nissan's thinking here?
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