I was able to get the garage door kicked back into a more flatish shape this morning so I could get my Jeep out on the road. While I was able to get the door up, I cant seem to get it back down, lol.
The test drive went fine, no vibes, it was freaking awesome. I really missed having a 5 speed and having one back reminds me why. So much fun! The NV3550 is definitely a truck transmission, it is noisy like everyone says. It shifts nice but it is definitely not as quiet and smooth as an AX15. I like it , it seems to be what a Jeep transmissions is suppose to feel like.
I got a MIL for not having the VSS hooked up and I still need to pull the tcase skid and paint it and the modded trans mount bracket. I also picked up a new trans tunnel cover and new inner and outer shifter boots. So those need to get installed.
These are the parts that I used to put the NV3550 behind my 5.3L.
Novak NV3550/AX15/NSG370 adapter plate: 375-3
Pilot bearing: PB-6071357
Adjustable throw out bearing : TB2
Flywheel ( appears to be the same as the RAM clutches 1550) : LS400-35X (I would buy a RAM Clutches 1550)
Advance adapter NV3550 NP 231 shifter bracket: 715545 (awesome bracket)
LUK clutch : 04-049
Stock Jeep master and slave (external)
Stock Jeep trans mount, slightly modded (see pic)
Stock AX15/NV3550 external slave bell housing
Under Cover Fab t-case skid. (could of used stock, mine was trash)
Extended stock backup light switch harness
Stock GM starter.
Obviously there is more than one way to skin a cat. I wanted to put the trans and tcase in a stock location. The parts I used (along with the Novak GM gen III engine mounts allowed me to do that. In the beginning Novak did NOT advise me that I needed a special flywheel, nor the adjustable throw out bearing and it cost me a couple hundred dollars and a good mount of unneeded down time and head aches. Which is something that I will be taking up with them here shortly.
Fortunately I guess for you is that because of my, we will call it feedback, Novak has updated their website to included the flywheel and adjustable throwout bearing. The Kit Novak sells is very nice, couldn't be happier with it. If I did it again I would pick up a RAM Clutches 1550 and same myself a hundred dollars plus shipping.
Now I think Novak is a great bunch of folks, I really do. But when you call them with questions it is extremely difficult to get a straight answer out of them, and Im not talking about asking general questions. Im talking about asking specific questions about their products. Im not sure why this is. I got the impression that with the kit I purchased that they were trying to keep the cost of the kit down. Which is fine but they advised me that the kit used the stock GM flywheel and clutch and the stock Jeep throwout bearing. There is no way in hell those parts work together. The measurements dont work. The new style GM clutches are .600" shorter than the older GM clutch. It just doesn't work. And you can't use a stock gm flywheel with an older clutch because you loose 30% of clutch surface due to the stock flywheel large center opening (see pics). This is why you need the RAM 1550 flywheel (not dodge Ram the brand RAM) Novak tried to tell me that there special flywheel was .400" taller than stock to get the clutch close to the transmission and Im here to tell you that is simply not true (see pic). The difference in height between a special Novak flywheel and a stock flywheel is .007" which is nothing. I didn't even mention yet that the special Novak flywheel comes in RAM Clutches box with part # 1550x. Which means it is a RAM Clutches flywheel 1550 and packaged for resale for Novak.
So that ends my Novak rant.
You may be able to use a LUK clutch 04-064 and a stock GM LS flywheel, they bolt up and the friction plate matches up to the flywheel perfectly. I actually bought one and measured it out and it probably would have worked but I couldn't find anyone using that combination of parts so I decided to use what others had. Cost me a little more money but I saw proof it worked.
If this all doesn't make sense let me know and I will edit it.