so, all the way from boise to Olympia, STRAIGHT PIPED and dumped under my girlfriends seat (lol), and what I thought was the transmission took a **** literally 2 blocks from my house. I pulled off, jammed it in second and it held into the neighborhood, I made it to where it was all down hill to the driveway and then was stuck at the bottom of my driveway, which is a hill! so I winched it up with my pickup.
no gears worked, it made horrible noises in every gear. I thought input shaft. further investigation after pulling the trans and t case revealed it was the t case. which was completely dry. and the shift fork was toast. unfortunately I this was after I had already ordered a rebuilt trans. plus side is though, first gear was pretty tough to get into and it ground every other gear... so it was going to be nice to have a new trans. I also picked up a 98 trans with bell, master, slave, and hose (external slave style) off CL, reverse was toast but it was $100! worth it for the external slave. then I picked up the freshest looking used np231J ever for $150. got it all in the next weekend and driving down the road. also installed a dynomax super turbo cat back, deleted the cat, and a new head pipe because the current was rusted out!