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Unread 04-04-2013, 05:50 PM   #16
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The above link is for an AX15 that needs a rebuild and is priced at 100 bucks.
That is what I paid for mine but it ran fine and just jumped out of second... I knew the owner. I plan on doing bearings and synchronizers myself as I've had good results with rebuilding past transmissions. Not everyone has the time, tools, or experience to do so so factor the huge price increase of shop rates into that 100 buck transmission that MIGHT need gears and who knows what else.
I would rather go NV3550 as it has the same gear ratios as the T5

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Unread 04-04-2013, 09:19 PM   #17
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Thank you for all your comments. I was looking for 2 things when I started this thread. First thoughts on what is the best manual with no qualification. Second best bang for the buck. I like most others have to weigh quality versus price. Looks like you guys came through. Thanks for all the advice. No how hard is it to rebuild any of these. I have never rebuilt a transmission before. This is basically thoughts for later.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 10:08 PM   #18
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FWIW, I like the T5: The price is right, you get the over drive gear which is useful if you spend any time at higher speeds, and it will do just fine for basic offroading.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 07:40 AM   #19
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FWIW, I like the T5: The price is right, you get the over drive gear which is useful if you spend any time at higher speeds, and it will do just fine for basic offroading.
I second that Ken! Just bought a used one to replace the one I had that jumped out of Third.Now I can rebuild the old one as a spare.I like the T-5,s,but I don,t offroad with it.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 09:08 AM   #20
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Knock on wood my T5 is holding together at the moment.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 09:48 AM   #21
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Knock on wood my T5 is holding together at the moment.
Mine to; for at least 3 years behind a 360! And no I didn't do the swap, the PO's PO did. But hey if it ain't broke don't fix it!
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Unread 04-05-2013, 11:00 AM   #22
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Ya when i bought my jeep it had a t4 in it and first gear cracked after about one year no telling what the PO did to it,i got this one off my junk chassis i had laying around and it has been going ever since and i will run it until it flys apart.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 12:45 PM   #23
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Interesting thread, very informative. Now lets add a twist. If he (the OP) had said a 4 speed.... would we be reading the T-18 or T176?
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Unread 04-05-2013, 01:04 PM   #24
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Interesting thread, very informative. Now lets add a twist. If he (the OP) had said a 4 speed.... would we be reading the T-18 or T176?
For Me personally, it would be a New Process 435.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 03:34 PM   #25
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I would rather go NV3550 as it has the same gear ratios as the T5

^^Agreed with the added plus of it being stronger with better shifting.

4-Speed? T18. (Owned one, LOVED it)
5-Speed? NV3550. (Own one, LOVE it)

Behind a big block with a scrambler frame length? NV4500.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 05:56 PM   #26
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My T4 lost 3rd so i'm saving up for the AX-15 conversion from Novak
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Unread 04-05-2013, 06:00 PM   #27
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5-speed= NV4500. Anything else is a door stop.
This is it in spades! Buy this and never look back!
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