The Novak

#SK2XC Cable Shifter Assembly

for the

231 & 242 Transfer Case


Jeep TJ Wrangler, XJ Cherokee and MJ Comanche

Jeep XJ TJ LJ 231 242 Transfer Shifter Kit

Kit SK2XC, shifter, cable, 231 & 242 transfer cases in Jeep XJ, 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 NP231 & NP242 cable shifter kit has made itself famous as a weekend best upgrade for your XJ, TJ and LJ transfer case. It provides smoother, more reliable operation than any factory linkage, and is the premier kit on the market.

This 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.

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 as well as 1988+ XJ Cherokees and MJ Comanche Jeeps. Due to the 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.

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 transmission applications. Relevant Novak NP / NVG transfer case adapters are all constructed to accept this shifter.

Compatible Transfer Cases

Fits all Jeep 6-bolt pattern NP/NVG (New Process/New Venture Gear) transfer case 231, 242 and similar (1988 up) EXCEPT for the 241OR which requires our SK3XR. Dodge and AMG transfer cases share the same pattern and are reported to work with this kit. This kit will not work with Chevy/GM 5 or 6 bolt transfer cases. Jeep NP207 transfer cases are not compatible but this kit works well for them.

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.


Also See