Keep the T14 or go with a truck 4 speed? -
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post #1 of 7 Old 04-13-2013, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Keep the T14 or go with a truck 4 speed?

Since I have to drop the trans and transfer case to work on the clutch I'm thinking of swapping in a SM465 while I'm at it.

The main draw back to replacing the T14 is it will draw the job out a bit longer and cost a bit more.
I'll lose 4" of rear drive shaft length.
I plan on a 2 1/2" lift in the future.
From my research here and on the Novak Adapter site that doesn't sound extreme for the rear drive shaft.

I won't need the compound low, but I do like having it.

Any thoughts?
Has anybody kept the T14 and wished they'd gone with a truck 4 speed?
Has anybody swapped in a truck 4 speed and wish they'd kept the stock 3 speed?

Years ago I replaced the T5 with a NP435 in my CJ7 and never looked back.

on edit: I had forgotten that the T14 has a slightly deeper bell housing. Novak shows it as ~9". So that would gain me a little length for the driveshaft.

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-14-2013, 12:36 PM
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Go with the SM465! Once done you wont have to worry about it.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-14-2013, 01:01 PM
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The T14 is great for a golf cart. lose it.

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-14-2013, 03:09 PM
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I ditched T-150 in my CJ7 for an SM465. Best thing I ever did. I don't know about the T14, but with mine 2nd gear with the SM465 is lower than first was in the T-150 making it a little easier to get going. And the my clutch seems to like it better too.

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-14-2013, 05:59 PM
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Go with the 4 speed. Not only will the 4 speed be better for wheeling but it is also significantly stronger.

This is coming from someone who broke a T14 btw so I don't think much of the 14.

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Droped the T14 for a T98. Love it!!
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-14-2013, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies.
The more I thought about it the more I wondered why I was even thinking about keeping the T14.

My original concern was rear drive shaft length, I've decided it will be just fine.
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