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Unread 06-12-2013, 01:49 PM   #16
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"Case" as in housing or the transfercase as a whole?

Reason I ask, i'm about to assemble a 242-249 hybrid using the 249 front housing. I'm also going to look into the possibility of using the 249's chain and associated gear/output also. Just wondering which if any parts are stronger..
you could be onto something here. i still have my 249 from when i did the swap. i would be very interested in beefing up the 242 with parts from the 249., if it will work. can anyone clarify?

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Unread 06-12-2013, 03:39 PM   #17
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I'm fairly positive the answer is no. It's been gone over before.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 03:44 PM   #18
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I think you can do a chain swap, or was that into the 231, with the 249 chain and some other parts, but that's it IIRC
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Unread 06-12-2013, 03:58 PM   #19
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The 242 HD for the WJ has the same chain as the 249 I think. From what I have read you should be able to swap some parts between the 242HD and 242 to make it stronger.

If I was going to buy one it would be from George http://www.transfercase.com/
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Unread 06-12-2013, 09:51 PM   #20
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I just bought one from George, he's a great guy answered all my questions and never once pressured me to make an order. I'm planning on swapping in my 242 this weekend (he specifically does 249-242 or 249-231 for ZJ's, and requires no core return).
I'll post some pictures of mine this weekend, I opened the box and it looks like used case half's, but new internals.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 11:04 PM   #21
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I bought one from george as well. Installed it a couple weeks ago. Really simple to do when he sends it with the input shaft already swapped. Internals are largely from the wj 242. So you aren't getting the weaker 242 chain. A bit pricy though. Around 830 shipped iirc and no core return.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 12:34 AM   #22
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Also, if you want to keep the 249, but want it to function better, he builds a 249/247 Hybrid.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 10:26 AM   #23
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The 242 HD for the WJ has the same chain as the 249 I think. From what I have read you should be able to swap some parts between the 242HD and 242 to make it stronger.

If I was going to buy one it would be from George http://www.transfercase.com/

Is this George somebody here? jrmechanic maybe?
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Unread 06-13-2013, 11:01 AM   #24
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^ George is the guy who runs the transfercase.com website IIRC.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #25
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^ George is the guy who runs the transfercase.com website IIRC.
Yep. Definately the best place to go, if you choose to spend more that you would spend at a junkyard.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 08:57 PM   #26
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Same can be said for 249 haters...don't be jealous because my chains thicker and case is stronger. Lol
I'm not, because it isn't! Don't be jealous of my custom built 242hd with a stronger chain than a 249, 6 planetary input, 32-spline output with a SYE. ;-)

And I don't hate the 249. They're a good case if the operator wants to put up with the disadvantages.


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Unread 06-13-2013, 09:00 PM   #27
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I'll quote myself from another thread... These numbers are all taken from a NP/NV transfer case chart. The transmission ratio was obtained from numerous sites. Both the 42RE and 44RE have the same gear ratios. Strength is a moot point. Yes, it's stronger, but for what purpose?
That's very sensible, and far more pragmatic than most people who get in to these weeds ever will admit.


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