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B&M shifter

20664 Views 18 Replies 12 Participants Last post by  McDuff
This isn’t much of a modification, however I haven’t seen too many write ups or reviews of this shifter. And to be clear, this is of the shift lever itself, not the short shift kit that replaces the shift mechanism.

The reason this all came about was not due to a need for performance; I was driving to work when the knob spun in my hand. I thought, “no big deal, just a loose knob.” However, that wasn’t the case and the entire lever was spinning. This caused a problem because the lever has a bend to it, and when it would spin, you would think you were shifting into third (manual transmission, to be clear), but you could be lined up with first or fifth depending on orientation. It became a requirement to look down and make sure the know was upright so you knew where you were shifting to.

Searching for a quick oem replacement, I found it easier to locate a B&M shifter. I tore the old one out and found that the shift lever uses a rubber sleeve to join the transmission shift stub, which I assume is there to quell vibrations and notchiness. The rub sleeve had been vulcanized to the surrounding metal sleeve from the factory, but had separated on mine. Decision made: I wanted that crap out and ordered the B&M.

Install was easy and I took it for a test drive. WOW!!!! All the rubberiness and indistinct feeling to the shift is gone. The weight and feel is very good, direct without being overly heavy. The shift detents are crystal clear and driving is more enjoyable. May sound crazy, but it’s well worth the minimal effort to replace the sloppy oem part with this high quality piece. Cheap improvement to the driving experience!

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The new lever is a slightly different length but the bends in it place it easily in hand. It is an improvement in location, throw, and feel.

I saw the YouTube video about replacing the whole shift mechanism...and I’m glad I did not. After replacing the lever only, you do not need any further shift throw reduction or changes. Most of the poor shift quality is due to the oem shift lever and that terrible rubber isolator. Once that is gone, it’s a whole different experience!
Here are some pics

2hi - 1st gear

2hi - 6th gear

2hi - reverse

4lo - 2nd gear

And same as above and pushed as close as possible to the transfer case lever (still doesn’t touch)

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In the above pics, nothing touches. It comes closest in 4lo - 2nd gear is closest but doesn’t touch. And no contact with the console at all. Mine works quite well.
I just replaced the whole thing in my Jeep, 2008 JKU. And let me tell you it’s a whole new experience, in a great, wonderful, exciting kind of way. If you think the man pedal equipped Jeep is fun, the B&M shifter multiplies that feeling ten fold. The reduced throw and the crispness of the new shift tower is amazing. It may not be worth the money to everybody but to me it was, and boy was I right. If your Jeep pops out of gear a new stick won’t fix that, but the new tower will.

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Funny how just improving the shift quality transforms the whole driving experience! A lot more satisfying!
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