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Let's see your FJ case swap

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TACO828, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. May 4, 2021 at 9:49 AM
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    Sealed the floor today. My original hole was a bit large but it ended up working in my favor. I was able to remove the shifter very easily while making it.

    I couldn’t find any shift boot that would work for me so I bought this smaller boot and used some 14 gauge to cover the gaps. Sealed it up with rtv and used self tapping screws to secure it to the truck. Then covered with sound deadener.


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    I also wrapped the shift lever in sound deadener, as well as some gorilla tape. I’m hoping that’ll act similar to oem and keep some noise out of the cabin.

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  2. May 5, 2021 at 10:52 AM
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    So I remembered I have a good friend who’s a commercial metal fabricator so instead of waiting for the FJ part we just combined the Tacoma and FJ shifter. It required us making a new shift boot wire thingy, because to go in reverse it required moving further towards the driver side than originally intended for the shroud that connects to the console. But all in all I think it came out pretty clean and factory looking!

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    Below is 6th gear in 2hi
    314DD6DE-10BC-4A86-9A49-CF08214A0571.jpgAnd the finished product
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  3. May 5, 2021 at 11:26 AM
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    Wow that looks great...
     
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  4. May 5, 2021 at 11:54 AM
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    Thanks!

    I used the MT FJ boots. I took the metal brace from the Tacoma boot (square metal piece that secured the pleather shift boot to the plastic, I don’t know what it’s called) and used it to hold the FJ one in place if that makes sense. It filled out the hole nicely.
     
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  5. May 5, 2021 at 12:58 PM
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    so what's the difference between the tacoma and FJ shifter assembly aside from the bends in the shifter itself? Is where the shifter goes into the lever housing different between the two?
     
  6. May 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM
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    the ends of the shifter fork are different. The Transmission shifter has that ball where as the FJ shifter has the paddle like thing on the end of it.
     
  7. May 5, 2021 at 1:08 PM
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    Gotcha, I've never seen them side by side so wasn't sure there was a difference at the shifter housing end. That makes sense then.
     
  8. May 5, 2021 at 1:10 PM
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    I think he meant the differences between the two transmission shifters since the guy he quoted used a transmission shift lever from a manual fj.


    I think you two are on different pages here.
     
  9. May 5, 2021 at 1:12 PM
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    oh man, now I'm more cornfused LOL
     
  10. May 5, 2021 at 1:14 PM
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    I think @Brian422 was explaining the difference between the transmission shift lever, which has the ball on the end, versus the transfer case shift lever, which has the paddle


    Correct me if I’m wrong but you were asking the differences between the transmission shift lever for the tacoma and the transmission shift lever for the FJ.
     
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  11. May 5, 2021 at 1:52 PM
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    yep i was talking about the FJ tcase and the transmission shifter!
     
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    I don't think there is a difference in the actual shifter just the bends to fit the application. If im not mistaken they use the same transmission?
     
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    The only difference I could see, other than the obvious dog leg bend, was the part that goes into the top of the transmission, that has that bushing on it, is longer on the FJ shifter than the Tacoma. It would plug in just fine, but it wouldn’t let me shift into reverse. So we welded the bottom of the Tacoma shifter on the FJ shifter and it solved that problem.
     
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  14. May 5, 2021 at 2:01 PM
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    For all I know they used the same transmission, however this part number is different for FJs and Tacoma’s. See the attached pic
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    FJ is the RA61F while the taco is an RA60F. I dont know what the differences are though other than a slightly taller OD on the FJ trans
     
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    Vs taco
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    The trans also cant be that different though considering they both bolt to the same engine and the tcases are interchangeable from fj to Tacoma.
     
  18. May 5, 2021 at 2:14 PM
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    The end with the ball that goes 8nto the trans is a little longer on the fj. I can see that now with the side by side picks. That is why the base was needed. So for all who what to do the fj shifter you will need the complete assembly.
     
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    Yes that’s what I was asking. The pics since posted seem to explain why you would need the base as well, otherwise a hybrid needs to be made. I don’t think there are many differences other than the shifter AND base as we just figured out, as well as some of the gearing for OD.
     
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  20. May 6, 2021 at 1:04 PM
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    Alright, the truck is finally wrapped up. All I had left was to fill the tranny with oil and mount my skids, which I did today. Took it on a long test drive to refill my CO2 and it drives great, with no leaks that I've seen. There is an ever so slight increase in trans noise, presumably from the case shift lever, but not bad at all. I will now stop inundating this thread with my posts.

    ......until I probably decide to wire in my ADD so I can turn it on and off vs always on.
     

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