I've got the trans all apart and I have a few questions. This is the rebuild kit I have
1. The pictures of the forward and direct clutch assemblies I've seen have 16 little springs in them. Mine have slots for 16 springs but there are only 12 springs in each clutch assmebly.
-Is this normal?
-Is there a reason someone may have done this?
The factory may have done this for cost savings. If it was going behind a big block V8 in a full sized car/truck, they may have put them all in. A CJ spec'd trans wouldn't need all of them.
2. On the intermediate clutch assembly there is the center support which has the four steel rings on it that each one locks into its self. The rebuild kit doesn't have these steel rings, it has some weird wimpy plastic rings with beveled edges.
-Are these ok to use or should I just use the old ones?
Do the old ones look worn? If minor, maybe reuse them. Are you talking about the ones that go between the clutches? I wouldn't put plastic there...
3. My rebuild kit didn't come with any needle bearings and races, bushings, the low-reverse band, or roller clutch bearings.
-Is it ok to reuse the old ones?
If they look worn or damaged, no. I can understand the bearings not in the kit, but it should have included all of the friction parts - they're wear items! Can you get one separately?
4. The forward clutch assembly had a few clutch discs that were worn down to the steel.
-Would this cause the transmission to slip in first gear when its cold and the transmission to eventually not move forward at all? I ask because that's what it did.