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Old 10-05-2010, 11:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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89 landcruiser shifting knock

Hi I am new to this forum and would to request some info. I am planning to buy a 1989 landcruiser and everytime you shift to Reverse, Drive or any of the gears when stopped it would have a strong knock. The owner said that this is normal for this year model. Is he right? Any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks
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Could be normal, slack being taken out of the whole drivetrain when put into a gear, my 89 YJ does this as well. It could also be worn joints. Be sure to check everything out before dropping the coin on it.
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I assume it is a fj62 model, I know first hand that transmissions for those run 3-4k be careful, have a shop that is familiar with those transmissions take a look at it. There is a company in So Cal that builds HD transmissions for those and they are well worth it.
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You most likely need to replace the transfer case input spline. Talk to McNamara Gear in Australia.

http://www.mcnamaradiffs.com.au/driveshaft1.html

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Todd hit the nail on the head. I'd either deal with it or do one of the home fixes which welds the spacer to the gear allowing the spacer splines to also be used to engage the shaft. Do a search you should be able to find results especially if you search for McNamara, you'll get the home brew fix results too.
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Old 10-13-2010, 02:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You have to order the mcnamara gears from austrailia, they are $400 shipped to the us.
I followed georg's DIY mcnamara thread on ih8mud- it turned out nicely and cost under $100, took a little work though.
the only real way to know where the slack is for sure is to tear into the transfer case, after 300k miles i had some slack, but it wasnt the transfer case input gear. turns out my case needed a rebuild.
if the slack is that bad i wouldnt put alot of stress on the drivetrain until you get it fixed. use it as a bargaining chip for a lower price.
a transfer case rebuild can be pricey, if you do it yourself its around $300. thats not including parts for the worn input gear, if thats where your slack is.
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heres a link to the thread i mentioned- http://forum.ih8mud.com/60-series-wa...mara-gear.html

good luck, read up as much as you can before buying.
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