So I'll admit I never saw the point of short shifters on a Jeep until I drove Crazy Dan's YJ with a Hurst shifter. Ever since then I've wanted one. They offer not only a shorter throw, but much more precise shifting. B&M and Hurst both offer these shifters. I chose the B&M because it had the round shifter cane, allowing the stock shift boot to work perfectly.
Start by removing the shifter knobs by loosening the jam nut. On TJs there is a nut under the shift pattern.
Next remove the shifter boot. TJ owners will be able to follow the instructions that came with the shifter.
Next you'll need to remove the 3 bolts holding the transfer case shifter to the transmission (TJ owners won't need to do this). There are two bolts on top, one going into the side.
Once you have the transfer case shifter out of the way, simply remove the four bolts holding on the shifter housing on.
Once the four bolts have been removed the shifter should just pull out. Now the shifter bushing must be transferred to the new shifter. Easiest way to remove this is to tilt it all the way in one direction and then use a small flat head in the center to pry it off (a piece of electrical tape around the flat head will keep it from damaging anything). Then just push it onto the new shifter.
Thoroughly clean the gasket mating surface with brake cleaner. If you had a gasket in there from the factory and it was not damaged you can re-use it. If it had nothing, or the gasket tore, just use silicone.
After tightening everything down install the shifter seal/boot, using the supplied spring clamp.
So how well does it work? Here is a shot of the factory shifter vs the B&M:
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