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Unread 09-08-2015, 12:57 AM   #1
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Dana 44 and nv/np242

Hi i've tried searching for my answer but couldn't fine one. My question is does my 98 5.2L ZJ already have a Dana 44? and for the second question does a nv242/np242 bolt right in or will i need a certain year for it to bolt right in?

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Unread 09-08-2015, 01:09 AM   #2
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Not quite. The 98 5.2 has the D44a which is an aluminum center section and bigger r&p than the iron d44. The two axles have almost nothing in common.

Look at the sticky at the top of the section for the 242 swap stuff. A 242 out of a ZJ or 96+ AW4 XJ will be a direct swap but will require shortening the rear shaft by an 1.5"
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So I've read over the sticky and from my understanding if i get a 242 from a 97 ZJ it should bolt right into my 98 ZJ?


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If you stay within the same years they usually bolt right up. I pulled a Tcase from a 98 and used it in my 97 without having to break down the case and swap input/output shafts.
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So I've read over the sticky and from my understanding if i get a 242 from a 97 ZJ it should bolt right into my 98 ZJ?


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96+ XJ/ZJ will direct swap to the ZJ. Where the big difference comes in is the external vs internal slip yokes.

I was VERY lucky to find a 242 in a JY that bolted RIGHT up with out having to shorten the rear drive shaft. My 249 has the SAME slip yoke the 242 i pulled did.

Anyway you go, it is NOT hard to get it functioning. Any drive-shaft shop can help you with shortening and re balancing IF you have to shorten it.

I know when looking for a swap-able t-case is a tad intimidating and alot of being unsure comes in..... but once you get through it and do it, you SEE what the post are all about. Just find the one you want 242/231 with a tag of 95+.

kg6mov was VERY helpful when i on the hunt for my very own swap.
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Would the drive shaft off the donor zj work?
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If it comes from a 5.2 it would probably work.
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So what are my options if I'm unable to cut the drive shaft besides finding a 5.2 drive shaft?
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I'll sell you mine for 50 bucks. Balanced and shortened.
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So what are my options if I'm unable to cut the drive shaft besides finding a 5.2 drive shaft?
Not to switch the TC... Just Kidding.

a local driveline shop should be able to help you! And it should NOT cost that much to do (at all).

What will be the deciding factor is the Slip Yoke on the Tcase.
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Why are you downgrading from a 249 to a 242?
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My tires are chirping around corners which makes me think the viscous is going and I don't want to wear out my new tires
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Unread 09-17-2015, 11:40 AM   #13
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I found a nv242 and I'm wondering if it would work cause I can't see to anything in the sticky about nv242's
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If it comes from a 5.2 it would probably work.
5.2 only came with 249. Early 5.2 rear shafts are longer maybe. D44a is like an inch longer than the 35c at the pinion.
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Unread 09-17-2015, 12:35 PM   #15
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NV242 = NP242. Somewhere in the 90's (don't remember exactly when) the manufacturer of the tansfer cases changed names from New Vision to New Process (or the other way around). So an NV242 is the same as an NP242. However, the input shafts and other differences outlined in the sticky are still going to matter. I believe NV was before NP and since you have a 98, you would have an NP, so the input shaft/gear cut and whatever else is going to be different.
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