Hello all, I've been reading up alot about these 249 to 242 swaps as I'm looking to get a ZJ for offroading. My question is, why is the 242 such a popular swap instead of the 231? The 231 is a standard 2hi, 4hi, n, 4lo t/c right? Plus even a little stronger than the 242. Is it just that the 242's are easier to find? Thanks.
I've read the reason is people want a good mix between the 249 case and the 231. The 242 gives you that part time position, and I hear its good for driving in snow and stuff like that on the street.
I went with the 231 because I just wanted the old school 2hi, 4hi, n, 4low. But I must admit, my 249 was awesome in the snow and I might miss that full time 4x4.
On another note, I test shifted my 231 again in the driveway... Last night I was shifting with the truck off, no wonder it didn't want to go into low. It shifts fine, the 249 linkage and shift rod works OK for me. I just need that bezel, but no big deal.
I also changed the plugs in my computer last night, the wheels are filled in correctly when in 2wd, N and either 4WD positions. I find it interesting that it now says "PART TIME" when in either 4hi, or 4low. It used to say "LOW" when I went into 4low on the 249... Why wouldn't Jeep utilize the "PART TIME" light for 4hi and "LOW" light for 4lo with the 231 case?
Also, to make a longer post longer. The computer has me thinking, I've also seen bezels that say 4 PART TIME as the first position after 2wd on for the 231 cases. But most people call it 4hi.... Is this a part time 4x4 position?