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Old 02-07-2013, 11:37 AM
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stuck in 4x4

how do you get the shifter out of 4x4 in these trucks? every time i use 4x4 i can never shift back in to 2x4. so i just end up unlocking the hubs and leaving the shifter in 4x4 and drive around that way. eventully after i drive around some i can finally shift back in to 2x4. but why cant i shift in to 2x4 right after im done with 4x4? thanx
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:47 AM
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shifting back to 4x2

try going in reverse with the brakes applied for about 50 feet then put trans in nuetral should be able to take out of 4x4
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:57 AM
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My 205 was a pain to shift with the stock linkage too. Sometimes I would lean back and kick the stick. Recently I twin sticked it and wow what a difference. It slides in and out of gear just like the main box. I can even kick the rear into low on the street, get rolling, and clutchless shift it into direct on the fly. It's kinda like deep reduction in my Kenworth.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:26 PM
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every time i use 4x4 i can never shift back in to 2x4.
That's because the driveline gets wound up tighter than an 8-day clock, try backing up in reverse about ten feet to "unwind" it, the shifter should now easily glide right into 2H.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:39 PM
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is there anyway i can stop it from winding up or is this normal?
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It's normal they all do it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:17 AM
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is there anyway i can stop it from winding up or is this normal?
Normal, even when using 4wd properly it's normal, if you're using 4wd on dry pavement you're exacerbating the driveline bind and something will eventually break, usually an axle U-joint.

4wd should only be engaged in loose traction situations i.e. snow/ice/dirt/sand/mud etc., never on dry pavement.
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I usually have to unlock my hubs then rock it for a second and I can shift. But I live in CO so your always on a hill...
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:51 PM
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I use to have a Toyota that did this, back up about 10' and it was fine.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:32 PM
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i got a chance to try it out today. that backing up trick really works. no more stuck shifter.

i have another question about these old 4x4 trucks. are they shift on the fly like newer trucks? when im driving down the hiway doing 65 sometimes ill hit snow dry road and more snow. can i shift from 2x4 to 4x4 back to 2x4 or will i cause my t case to explode?
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:47 AM
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bump. can i safely shift this thing going down the road or doi need to stop?
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As long as the habs are locked in it will be fine you just need to let off the accelerator to take the load off the drivetrain, pop it itno 4x4 high, then back on the gas. I have done it with my 205 and never had a problem.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:57 PM
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^ ditto

You can shift between 4H and 2H at speed as long you work the throttle correctly, you don't want to be accelerating or decelerating as you shift, you want the throttle in a "neutral" position, so to speak.

This should be obvious but never engage 4L at speed, the truck needs to be stopped, or at a very slow crawl.
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thanx guys. ill give that try on the way in to town tomorrow
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