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Unread 07-26-2013, 08:55 AM   #1
jason400
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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
LumpyGrits
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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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