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Unread 12-03-2009, 09:35 AM   #1
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249 Transfer case rebuild

Any ideas where I can find parts to rebuild my 249 tc?

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Unread 12-03-2009, 09:46 AM   #2
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Don't rebuild it, bearing kit around $100-125 chain $150 viscous coulper $400, swap in a np242 or np231.
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Unread 12-03-2009, 10:42 AM   #3
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^What he said. The VC will cost you more than a used 242 transfer case. I swapped in a 242 on mine, best thing I ever did for it.
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Unread 12-03-2009, 03:54 PM   #4
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How will that effect the all time four wheel drive?
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Unread 12-03-2009, 03:56 PM   #5
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You will still have all wheel drive but with the added option of 2wd
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Unread 12-03-2009, 03:56 PM   #6
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Don't rebuild it, bearing kit around $100-125 chain $150 viscous coupler $400, swap in a np242 or np231.
how would that effect my all time four wheel drive?
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Unread 12-03-2009, 04:00 PM   #7
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Ok that would be better then due to the fact we mainly use as a daily driver. When you buy the 231 or 242 does a new shifter come with it to tell if you are in 4 hi or lo and what about locking the hubs?
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Unread 12-03-2009, 05:39 PM   #8
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search the board for a 249 to 242 swap. Most people won't even comment on this thread b/c it comes up every 3 days and get tired of writting the same thing over and over...
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Unread 12-03-2009, 07:21 PM   #9
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I found many sites with parts for the rebuild, just google it and you will see the high cost.
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Unread 12-03-2009, 08:13 PM   #10
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I believe I'm going to just do a swap. I found a write up on it and i like the option of 2wd instead of all time 4wd. I will post pics when I get it completed.
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Unread 12-03-2009, 09:56 PM   #11
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Note that the 231 will not give you the AWD option. You will only have part-time 4WD and 2WD. Get a 242 if you can.
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Unread 12-03-2009, 10:27 PM   #12
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Any ideas where I can find parts to rebuild my 249 tc?

I didn't read the whole thread yet, but most people will tell you not to rebuild the 249 because of the cost. Yes it is true, the 249 VC is expensive to replace. I was in the same situation your are in now. I couldn't decide between cashing out and buying the 249 rebuild kit or doing a swap to the 242 as most people will do.

I like my 249 and the way it works so i decided finally to rebuild, i purchased everything from Nick Kolak, he is on here quite frequently. I paid $500 for my overhaul kit, that is the VC, chain, and seals and all.

The kit just arrived this afternoon. I'm hoping to rebuild it this weekend. I know its a lot of money, but i like the way the 249 works and its never failed me in the snowy/icy winters.

note: the 4wd function in the 249 and 242 are NOT the same. the 242 is not a "locked" tc like the 249 in 4wd. in the 242 your will have to use parttime 4wd to have the locking action, which in this model is not good on the pavement.
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Unread 12-04-2009, 12:30 AM   #13
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I didn't read the whole thread yet...
It's only a dozen posts!

And the 242 does have a full-time 4WD mode which will get you through just about any on-road conditions you may encounter, if it gets really rough or if you're going off-road, you can just pop it in to part-time mode.

I agree that the 242 does lack the "handsfree" convenience of the 249 though.
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Unread 12-04-2009, 03:22 PM   #14
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It's only a dozen posts!
yeah i know, but i was in a rush to get out the door.
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Unread 12-06-2009, 03:45 PM   #15
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