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post #1 of 6 Old 04-17-2004, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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ax5 strength?

I"m looking at a 93 cherokee with a 2.5 and a five speed. This should be the ax5. The engine smokes pretty bad I'm told but I'm going to swap a 4.3 v6 or a 350tpi into it. I have a complete running blazer to swap parts from but it's a auto and I would prefer to keep the 5 speed. Will it hold up to either engine?

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From looking at the Novak adapters site (, they don't sell engine adapters for the AX5. They claim that if they dont sell an adapter for a transmission, it is because it probably cant handle a bigger engine like the one you are going to put in it. They do sell them for the AX-15.


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*Disclaimer: This is only what I heard from friends with older Jeeps*

The AX5 is a pretty weak transmission. The AX15 however is pretty strong. I have a couple friends with the 4 cyl in their wranglers and they killed the tranny's pretty quick in some cases. If you are going to go all out and do a 262 or 350 swap, you may as well drop in a stronger tranny. Either find an AX15 or an NV3500 (I think that's what they put in the later S10s behind the 4.3)

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Well I guess an auto will do. I just don't have the budget for a new trans. The jeep deal fell into my lap maybe someone will drop in a 4.0 ,ax15 combo . Thanks for the info guys.
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