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Unread 07-26-2013, 08:55 AM   #1
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85 CJ7 Transmission, T5 or something else?

Hello fellow Jeeper's.

I have a 85 CJ7, 258 with a T-5 behind it. All factory set up drive train. The clutch is showing signs of wear and I am going install a new one soon.

The transmission is working fine, just a little slop (as expected) however I was thinking about going with a something a little more robust. My jeep is a daily driver and I commute 20 miles to work on a highway. I do very little off road, but do some and a lot of gravel roads in the fall. Should I stick the T-5 back in or go with something else? I don't want to spend a ton of coin either. Just heard a lot of bad things about the T-5.

Thanks for any input/advise.

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Unread 07-26-2013, 09:24 AM   #2
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The slop is in the shifter. Easy fix.
I have had a T-5 in my CJ since the day I bought it in March of 1985.
I'm run'n 4:88 R&P with 33" BFG's
You REALLY need to buy a copy of the Factory Service Manual(MR-252)!
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Unread 07-26-2013, 09:29 AM   #3
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Based on what you state as to how you use it...I would stick with the T5. The 5th gear is nice on the highway, and you will miss it when its gone if you switch to a 4-speed.

I swapped in a T176 4-speed from a T5, but I also put in 4.56 gears, 35" tires, and its not a DD.

I kept the T5 and all the parts to swap it back if I ever decide to.
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Unread 07-26-2013, 09:47 AM   #4
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Thanks a bunch. I am running 31" tires but plan on moving up to 32's or 33's with the next set.

Any advise on how to fix the slop in the shifter?

JS
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Unread 07-26-2013, 09:53 AM   #5
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I have a electronic copy of the service manual, just print the pages at work as I need them and stick them in a 3 ring binder. I would like to buy a copy one day.
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Unread 07-26-2013, 09:56 AM   #6
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There is a kit, with all the parts needed to take out the slop in the shifter, and not expensive at all. It is installed at the top of the tranny...but I don't recall what they call it. I got one for my T5 and the T176 from Morris 4x4.
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Unread 07-26-2013, 11:24 AM   #7
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Take shifter 'boot' off.
You'll see the area where the 2 pieces are pressed together. You'll also see what crap idea the was by Borg-Warner.
Drill 1/4" dia hole through the to parts of the shifter where they 'mate'.
Install bolt w/nut. Never worry about it again.
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Unread 07-04-2015, 09:17 AM   #8
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Transmission Replacement 85 CJ7

I need to replace my transmission in my 85 CJ7. Where is the best place to go without paying an arm and leg?

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Unread 07-04-2015, 09:25 AM   #9
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I need to replace my transmission in my 85 CJ7. Where is the best place to go without paying an arm and leg?

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You get what you pay for when it comes to driveline repairs. What you save in rebuild costs could easily bite you in the ars and you'll end up paying more than what a rebuild would have cost in the first place.

If you don't want to shell out money for a professional rebuild (which usually include a warranty) you'll likely have to scour the interweb to find a good used unit (which has none). If you find someone doing a bargain rebuild I;d be sketpical of either the parts being used or the quality of the work being done.

The other option is to find a local offroad club, forum or facebook page and ask someone to help you through the rebuild yourself.
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Unread 07-04-2015, 09:43 AM   #10
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If your looking at repair, bigger gears or tires, I would seriously look at the AX-15 or NV transmission setup. It's well worth the cost!
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Unread 07-04-2015, 09:50 AM   #11
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Don't know if these folks are still around, but here's a site I've saved for future ref.

http://jeeptransmissions.com/index.html
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Unread 07-04-2015, 03:30 PM   #12
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T5 aint that bad stick with that.
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Unread 07-06-2015, 11:25 AM   #13
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Get this http://www.quadratec.com/products/52112_0201.htm

and if your clip is worn out this http://www.ebay.com/itm/JEEP-CJ-YJ-W...a73b22&vxp=mtr

That will take the slop out of your shifter. Lumpy's suggestion will work too and be permanant, but a new isolator will tighten it up cheaply and it will stay tight for years.

My suggestion is to tighten up your shifter, and keep an eye out for a cheap used T176/T177. If you wait till you NEED a transmission, you'll end up paying $$$. If you keep an eye out for one and buy it now, you'll have it if/when your T5 craps out, and you can wait till you find a cheap one. I have two in my shop I got for $200 or less that I've picked up over the years. One will go in my Tan CJ when the T5 craps out, and the other will be a spare since I'll then have 3 CJ's all running T176's.

Only way to keep from bankrupting yourself when dealing with CJ's is to buy parts BEFORE you need them so you can get deals on parts.
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Unread 07-06-2015, 11:32 AM   #14
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That isolator clip is available at Quadratec as well http://www.quadratec.com/products/52112_0200.htm
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Unread 07-07-2015, 08:47 AM   #15
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I have a used T176 that I just pulled from my CJ7 that I'll let go for cheap. Worked perfect, no leaks etc.. If your interested PM me and I'll give you all the details
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