NP201 Twin Stick Question

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Posted by Mark Vande Pol [] on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 09:57:00 :

Those of you who have an NP201 know that the two sticks are interlocked such that the truck cannot be run in 2WD-Low. On our property, we have about equal lengths of paved and dirt roads, which require shifting out of 4WD to contine. Over the 30 years I've had my '69 with an NP205, I've found many an occasion on our roads where I am often carrying precarious loads of brush in back from one part of the property to another where it is safer to burn the pile. The bigger the load, the fewer the number of trips. So I prefered to go slow with a huge load in Low Range on dirt, and staying in Low Range even on the paved roads. To do that, I had to unlock the hubs, which is obviously a pain. With a single stick NP205, it's the only thing that works.

With a twin stick, one could conceivably allow them to bypass such that one could shift from 4WD-Low to 2WD-Low without having to unlock the hubs. It would seem that one could simply bend the sticks so that they could pass by each other. Are there any complications to doing that?

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