"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?
Reliability is relative
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.
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.
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.