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Unread 03-01-2002, 03:24 PM   #1
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T-5 going going gone...

Guys, New here and looking for advice. I'm at a crossroads with my T-5 ('85 CJ). The 3rd gear is gone and I believe it's the cluster gear. All I've heard is bad news about the "lite duty" T-5. Has anyone swapped a T-5 for T-176 "medium duty". I can be rough on these tranmissions occasionly and I've heard the 176 is a lot tougher. Repairing the T-5 is going to be big bucks. Any feedback appreciated..

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Unread 03-02-2002, 02:11 PM   #2
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If your running big tires and off road a lot, go to the T 176. If you have close to factory tires and like the 5th gear, stay with the T5 or better still, World Class T5. It has better synchronizers, bearings and hardened gears. It was used behind V8's in the Mustangs. I went with a rebuilt unit for $500 and have been very pleased. I bought the Jeep with 40K on it and the original unit went out at 67K. I now have 150K on the rebuilt one and all is going strong. I don't know how the first owner shifted, but if you can learn to be smooth/gentel, it will help...it did me.
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Unread 03-02-2002, 02:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Ed.
This is my issue.. The T-5 that just blew was a rebuild I put in just a year ago. I know my easiest path would be to put in another T-5, I just don't want this to become an annual event. I did it myself under car stands and "it aint much fun". I've heard great things about the T-176 and I believe, but I'm not sure..that it will match up with my original bell housing and the Dana adapter is easily avaliable.

I must live in the wrong neck of the woods, but I can't get a rebuild for under $900.

Also, I'm not familiar with the WC T-5. What is it and what's the difference?

Thanks,,,Tom
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