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1 inch body lift = no park?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by kumma, Oct 26, 2001.

  1. kumma

    kumma 1/2 ton status

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    OK, i just finished welding this pos back together so now it is super solid and pretty much rust free. i put on a 1 inch body lift and now the tranny doesnt want to stay in park. it pops out of park quite violently, im guessing i have to lenghten the shift rod but i tought it wasent necessary on a small lift. do i have to adjust the steering column at all?

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  2. HarryH3

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    You answered your own question. [​IMG] You have to lengthen the linkage to make up for the inch that you just increased the distance between the shifter and the tranny. [​IMG]

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  3. For a 1" body lift, I wouldn't think you'd have to lengthen the shifting rod for the trans. I've always had to lengthen the rod for 3" body lifts. Did you adjust the shift rod after you put the body lift in. I always make sure to loosen the bolt on the shift rod before I put the body lift in so it doesn't bind up anything in the process. You might have to lenghten the rod a little bit if its not long enough? Set the park brake, loosen the bolt on the shift rod, push the lever on the shift shaft on the trans all the way to the park position, and have your shifter on the steering column in the park position, then retighten the bolt. That should get you close with maybe a little fine adjustment left to do.
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  4. ZZ4x4

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    Did you loosen the shift linkage rod retainer at the steering column before you inserted the body pucks? I had enough linkage rod left even with a 2" body lift. Usually with a 3" you need to lengthen the linkage rod, but a 1" should work with the stock one.
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  5. kumma

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    when i jacked up the body i didnt loosen up anything in the column or shifter rod. it was jacked up pretty high to replace some of the floor pan hopefully i didnt bend anything.

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    All you need to do is loosen the linkage bolt and let the linkage slide out an inch, and then tighten the bolt. That's it, no need to lengthen it.
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