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Unread 05-03-2010, 11:16 PM   #1
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dakota ax-15 compatibility

I'm going to U-PULL-IT Saturday. I will be looking for an AX-15 out of an XJ. If I don't find one can I look at Dodge Dakotas? Are they still a direct bolt in?

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Unread 05-04-2010, 01:37 AM   #2
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Yes and no.

The AX-15 is the same transmission, but the bellhousing will be different. The Dakota (the AX-15 will be behind the 238ci V6) will have an LA-Block bellhousing pattern, while the Jeep version will have the AMC "Modern Era I6" and Gen-II/III V8 pattern.

You can piece the upgrade together if you have to. I believe (don't hold me to it!) that the transfer case is clocked the same amount in the XJ, MJ, ZJ, and Dakota; while it's clocked flatter in the TJ and YJ. (Yes, the AX-15 was used in the ZJ - 1993-1993.5 w/242ci I6 only. It's more rare than an AW4-equipped ZJ - 1993-1994.5 w/242ci, then it was replaced with a modified 42RE.)

If you get your source unit from a TJ or YJ; either the transmission tunnel must be modified to clear the transfer case, or the transfer case adapter housing must be modified to "reclock" the transfer case (or stick in an adapter ring.)

These are issues if you're converting from the BA-10/5 to the AX-15. If you're replacing an AX-15 that's failed, then you can reuse the bellhousing and associated parts up front, the transfer case adapter housing from the rear, and simply swap out the transmission proper (you'll still need to have the same version of the AX-15 - 1988.5-1993 [Jeep apps] had the "internal" slave cylinder [I refer to that version as the "AX-15i",] and the 1994-up had the "external" slave cylinder [referred to as "AX-15e."])

NB: The NV3550 uses the same bellhousing and associated clutch parts (save the front bearing retainer/sleeve assembly) as the AX-15e...
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Unread 05-04-2010, 01:55 AM   #3
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I the 96-98 dakotas with the 4 cylinder engines had the 2WD AX15 with a 14 spline input shaft. Those particular ones will not work.
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I'm going to U-PULL-IT Saturday. I will be looking for an AX-15 out of an XJ. If I don't find one can I look at Dodge Dakotas? Are they still a direct bolt in?
Hey if you pull a dakota AX-15, PM me and I'll buy the bell housing from you. I need one for a v8 swap.
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Unread 05-05-2010, 04:51 PM   #5
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So does this mean that I could use my BA 10/5 bellhousing on an AX15 from a dodge dakota?
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So does this mean that I could use my BA 10/5 bellhousing on an AX15 from a dodge dakota?
No. Totally different mounting pattern.
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I have a question, if I get an internal slave ax15 out of a Dakota. Can't I just swap my external bellhouseing and bearing plate over? Just wondering, I plan on replaceing my ax in the future and I want to know my options.
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I used a 99 dakota 2.5L bellhousing,99 XJ ax15,2000 dakota 231HD and a clutch disc for a 1978 4cyl chevy monza in my 95 before I installed full size axles and a dana 300
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I have a question, if I get an internal slave ax15 out of a Dakota. Can't I just swap my external bellhouseing and bearing plate over? Just wondering, I plan on replaceing my ax in the future and I want to know my options.
Does an internal slave Dakota ax15 exist? If so what years?
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96 dakota ax 15 swap to a 89 jeep wrangler

I'm wanting to put an ax 15 tranny from a 96 dakota in my 89 jeep wrangler. I know I will need a new bellhousing. The tranny is coming from a 4 cylinder and my jeep is a 6 cylinder. Will the swap work?
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