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Unread 12-14-2013, 05:50 AM   #1
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I'm going full rightard.

As expected, after lifting and 33" tires to my RHD TJ with 124k miles, the trans started slipping in overdrive. Cleared the code and got back on the road with overdrive locked off. I had planned to have parts stashed next year to convert to manual transmission. I'm planning to install an ax 15 early in the spring. I was raised by a transmission shop owner, should be a piece of cake.

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Unread 12-14-2013, 05:53 AM   #2
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It's had a noisy planetary for 6 months, I knew it would not be long before it pooped. I'm just glad it didn't strand me on the way to work.
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You won't be disappointed. My 32RH slipped between all 3 gears for the longest time. I figured out that manually shifting didn't allow the trans to slip. So since I was shifting for the trans anyway, why not add a lower first gear and an overdrive? I'm surprised you didn't opt for the 6 speed.

Look into the Toyota first gear swap for AX15s. Good luck!
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Unread 12-14-2013, 08:26 AM   #4
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Will do. I replaced synchros in my son's YJ so I'm already familiar with the ax 15. The only downsides were I cracked the 5th gear removing it, and the transfer case adapter was busted from a rusty mount, which I tigged.. it's holding up fine after 2 years.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 04:07 PM   #5
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My AX15 is bolted in, mostly. I just need to find a starter bolt, and drill the crossmember for the new mount location. Should be test driving it by the weekend.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 05:25 PM   #6
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Awesome! It really makes a huge difference going from an auto to a manual. You will easily feel more power. Great job.

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Unread 07-07-2014, 06:51 PM   #7
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Normally going from an auto to a manual is a downgrade. But, in your case with the 42RLE, anything is an improvement.
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