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?
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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Originally Posted by Texas ZJ1
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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.
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.