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Unread 01-26-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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need help! tranny advice

i have a 1980 jeep cj7 with 304 v8 motor. it has 4 speed tranny with reverse towards the passenger side and down. i think it is the t176 tranny. the tranny was grinding so i put a new clutch set in and it still continues to grind. sounds like the tranny might be toast. i was having trouble shifting into second and first gear. i wanted to know if i should get the tranny rebuilt, find one at a junk yard, or if there are any better transmissions that will bolt up to the bell housing seeing as it already has a brand new clutch, bearings,ect?
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Unread 01-26-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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I have a great condition T150 3 spd for sale for $200, and includes the bell housing.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 02:20 PM   #3
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The 176 is a great 4spd especially to be behind a V8. Id either have that rebuilt, find another one or find a T18. The T18 was also a jeep 4spd but it had the grany low first gear which is much better for wheeling. You can find both of them on craigslist or possibly junkyards for not to much. Rebuilding will be on teh pricier side tho.
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Not to be insulting, but have you drained and flushed the trans, then ensure it has the proper amount of the proper gear oil?
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Unread 01-26-2012, 02:29 PM   #5
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The 176 is a great 4spd especially to be behind a V8. .
Not really... behind a lethargic 304, it is a decent transmission. I wouldn't call it "great." If you plan to drop in a hotter engine later down the line, this would be a good time to consider an upgrade.


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Your synchros need lube to spool up to speed. If your low on fluid you will get this issue and if it persists it will be irreversible.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 06:50 PM   #7
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Not really... behind a lethargic 304, it is a decent transmission. I wouldn't call it "great." If you plan to drop in a hotter engine later down the line, this would be a good time to consider an upgrade.


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Good Point.. I guess I should have said your 304 v8.... and for a jeep trany that will take no extra work to bolt up... There are many other stronger tranies but for a factory jeep trany besides the T18 thats kinda the next of kin for a 4spd
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Unread 01-27-2012, 09:13 AM   #8
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Not really... behind a lethargic 304, it is a decent transmission. I wouldn't call it "great." If you plan to drop in a hotter engine later down the line, this would be a good time to consider an upgrade.


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Lots of guys have the T-176 behind 360's. In fact the T-176 was used behind 360's from the factory in J series Jeep trucks.
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