The Novak

#SK3XR Shifter Assembly

for the

Jeep Rubicon NP 241OR RockTrac Transfer Case

Jeep NP241OR Rubicon transfer case shifter

Kit SK3XR, shifter, NP241OR Rubicon transfer case, cable actuation, TJ / LJ

Kit contents:

  • Body mounting bracket
  • Flex mount well nuts
  • Aircraft grade control cable
  • Transfer case anchor bracket
  • Bearing ends
  • Fastening hardware
  • Instructions

This the cable shifter that put Jeep cable shifters on the map. Our Jeep Rubicon 241OR RockTrac transfer case shifter was originally designed for conversion powertrains, yet most of these kits chosen for factory Jeeps because of their clearly smoother, stronger operation.

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 of 3/16" steel, professionally welded and black zinc plated for superior corrosion resistance.

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

This kit also works for TJ / LJ Wranglers whose original Model 231 transfer case is replaced by a Model 241OR.

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

New Process transfer case shifter view
By using a low friction cable, installation and use is a snap. There is no need to remove the transfer case bellcrank or the factory shift handle assembly in the floor and console.

We specify and provide our customers with the best control cable we've ever seen, featuring:

  • 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

Applications & Compatibility

Compatible Jeeps

Fits 1997-2006 TJ & LJ Wranglers. Due to the extremely flexible nature of the cable and 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.

Compatible 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 known factory and conversion transmission applications.

Compatible Transfer Case

This kit fits the Jeep Rubicon 241OR RockTrac transfer case only. Other transfer case versions (231 & 242 models) 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.

Matt at BleepinJeep made this terrific video, installing our #SK2XC shifter (#SK2XR install, similar).

Related Products

Shifter kit for the 241OR RockTrac transfer case
Direct linkage shifter for NP207, NP231 and NP242 transfer cases in Wranglers
NP231 transfer case parts
NP242 transfer case parts
Slip Yoke Eliminator for NP231 Transfer Cases


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.

Note on Counterfeit Shifter Kits

you may see copycat shifter kits on the market pretending to the Novak name and design. Their bracketry and especially 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 or instructions, or have had a cable failure, please pursue any warranty or return with them, or just buy the better kit to begin with.

Novak shifter comparison

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