Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Helsinki, Finland - on the European side of the Atlantic
I would keep the 249 and replace the VC. 249 is a WAY better case in the snow compared to a 231 or 242. 242s full time doesn't get you anywhere in deep snow (go try climbing a slippery hill on 4FT, then try the same thing with a 249
), and 4hi on patchy snowy/ icy roads suck because you've got to be going back and forth in 2wd/ 4hi. For a DD the 249 is a great transfer case in the winter conditions. I never got stuck with the 249 in AWD mode even in deeper snow on the roads (up to 10" + of snow).
I had a hard time getting the snap ring off when splitting open my 249 for a 249/ 242 case half swap, even though my TC was sitting on the table. On the other hand, my snap ring pliers weren't exactly the best ones around..
1998 Grand Cherokee 5.9 LX daily driver, 1.75" BB, 32" KM2s, HPD30 Eaton e-locker/D44a stock LSD, 4.56 gears, custom- fabbed tube bumpers and tube fenders,...
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1990 XJ Limited (4-door), 4.0 I6, AW4, NP242, ***rolled and totalled @ 165k miles***
1990 XJ (4-door), 4.0 I6, AW4, NP242, PBR 42" tires, Unimog 404 portal axles, 110" WB, full cage + uniframe completely rebuilt, front 3-link + panhard / double triangulated 4-link rear,... ***SOLD***