Well bodi, the guy charged me about a grand, which I know is steep. But this included the W/C kit, which is not cheap, him doing the rebuild, and also the labor of removing and installing the tranny. Plus new fluid in the tranny and x-case. Right now, I have no place or tools to yank the tranny, plus I've never rebuilt one, so I was a bit over a barrel with my tranny on its way out and a 1,000 mile trip upcoming - to a place where I will not be able to work on the Jeep for two months, and then another 1,000 mile trip.
While pricey, the rebuild kit includes everything but the case and shifter, it's really like having a new tranny.
The Hurst shifter is just sweet. Really short throws and a nice accurate feel. It's what you'd expect from the leader in shifter technology (I know I sound like a commercial).
One other thing that my mechanic, who only works on Jeeps, CJs mostly, told me was that the W/C kit has a little notch or whatnot in for each gear to keep the shifter in place. He told me that, with high powered v-8s, the T-5 was known to pop out of gear occasionally, and the W/C takes care of this. You can feel this a tiny bit, it is in no way a problem. Again, the Hurst shifter is so smooth, between the rebuild and it, it's heaven.
Best of luck
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