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The Novak

#SK3XR Shifter Assembly

for the

Jeep Rubicon NP 241OR RockTrac Transfer Case

This next generation of cable shifter for the Jeep Rubicon 241OR RockTrac transfer case one of our top selling items and with just cause. Even a completely stock Jeep will be happier with this shifter on board. This is considered essential for conversions and modified TJ/LJ or XJ/MJ if you retrofit the Rubicon transfer case.

Product & Features

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This cable shifter assembly replaces everything below the factory shift handle, including the problematic z-bar linkage, tunnel mount bracket, transfer case mount bracket, and shifter pivot. The factory shift handle is entirely retained.

Constructed for 3/16” CNC cut and bent steel with keyed index and professional welding on the fabricated tunnel side bracket. Parts are zinc plated for superior corrosion resistance.

Contents 

Body mounting bracket with well-nuts for better fit, industrial/aircraft/marine grade cable, transfer case bracket, necessary hardware, and detailed instructions.

Our goal at Novak was to simplify the shifting mechanism. Initially this was done for our many customers performing engine and transmission conversions where the transmission was moved or replaced rendering the stock linkage points unusable. The solution proved to be much more universal and applies this same superior shifting action to the many running stock powertrain owners unhappy with the existing sloppy shifting action. There are many situations where even the slightest bind on your Jeep causes the complex stock linkage apparatus to pop the transfer case out of its range or mode unexpectedly. Our assembly eliminates the excess play and binding that occurs in the factory linkages, whether caused by wear, modification or simple flex when on the trail or rocks.

Benefits at a Glance:

  • Restore and improve shifting action in Jeeps with suspension and especially body lifts and tummy tucks
  • Provide a clean shifting mechanism for conversion transmissions (manual or automatic) being adapted to the Jeep transfer cases
  • Provide a crisp shifting feel and greater sense of control to the driver of the Jeep
  • Eliminate shifter kick-outs and resulting transfer case damage by replacing problematic factory linkages
  • The shift pattern is maintained from factory when installed, i.e. 2 High, front most and 4 Low, rearmost
  • The factory shift handle is retained
  • Console removal is not required
  • Front yoke and front driveshaft removal is unnecessary
  • Factory transfer case actuator / rotator plate (very difficult to remove or replace) is retained
  • If your transfer case problem is caused by the shifter, this will fix it. If not, it is likely due to internal wear or a broken part. See the links below for rebuild kits and parts

Our Control Cable

We've researched many types and brands of control cable, and we enthusiastically specify and provide our customers with the best we've ever seen. It features:

  • Heavy-duty crimped ends
  • Stainless steel cable
  • Industrial grade, high-temp outer sheath
  • Super-low friction, Teflon liner
  • Tight bend radius featuring no-bind resistance clear down to 5"
  • All US made
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By using an extremely low friction cable, installation and use is a snap. There is no need to remove the transfer case rotator plate or the factory shift handle assembly in the floor and console.

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Keep your factory shift handle for an OEM look and ease of installation.

Note on Counterfeit Shifter Kits

We've learned of, and have acquired, copied (albeit poorly) shifter kits on the market pretending to the Novak name and design. Its bracketry and especially its cable are of poor quality and we will be unable to warranty failures of such. If you purchased your kit from another retailer and are shorted parts, instructions as many of their customers have had, or have had a cable failure, please pursue any warranty or return with them.

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Applications & Compatibility

Jeeps

Fits 1997-2006 TJ & LJ Wranglers as well as 1988 and newer XJ Cherokees and MJ Comanche Jeeps. Due to the extremely flexible nature of the Cable and excellent fitment of the brackets, if you have the shifter inside your rig, this kit should work with almost any modification from a full engine/transmission conversion to a tummy tuck with long arms or just a simple replacement for the poor stock linkage.

Transmissions

As the transfer case bracket attaches to two of the mounting locations for the transfer case itself and is independent of the transmission, it will fit nearly all transmission applications.

Transfer Case

This kit fits the Jeep Rubicon 241OR RockTrac transfer case only. Other transfer case versions require our SK2XC

Installation Requirements

Normal hand tools are usually all that’s required to install the shifter kit. Your skid plate may need to be removed to do the installation. The actual installation of the shifter is extremely simple. Detailed instructions are included.

Also See

Ease of Installation

We've partnered with Matt at BleepinJeep to put together a video on installing one of our SK2XC shifter cables.