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Hi Anonymous, remove tansmission top cover, put the transmission in 3rd gear, make sure dogs are fully engaged, move shift lever slightly up and down to observe shifter pawl operation. The free play and spring pressure must be equal on both pawls to within 0.010 " There is a offset centering screw on the left side towards the top of transmission case. Loosen jam nut and adjust as necessary. Torque trans cover bolts to 10 ft lbs. Good luck

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