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post #1 of 24 Old 03-08-2015, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
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Best place to buy parts for a t176 and Dana 300?

Well, I bought the t176 rebuild kit from Quadrajet and ran into an issue.... The front input bearing was miss manufactured. The groove for the snap ring was not machined deep enough, therefore when I tried putting on the bearing retainer, the snap ring protruded to far out not allowing a flush fit.

Then I took a look at my Dana 300 and the input shaft is almost toast (splines are rolled pretty bad, but the main shaft for the t176 are still in decent shape).

So all that being said, who carries the best replacement parts with real time inventory? I'm a little upset with the quality of rebuild kits from Crown (plastic thrust washers, oil seals and paper gaskets all look cheap as hell... nothing like the National seals that came out of it).

Any help would be much appreciated.

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said input bearing (old on the left, new on the right). notice the suttle difference? it's enough to stop progress for the day
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I always use Southwest Gear in El Paso Texas. When I had my Jeep shop I bought dozens of transmission & transfer case kits from them. Talk to Nancy & tell her I sent you.

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No one here knows what they are talking about. You should try Pirate 4x4 they will be happy to help you.

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I picked up mine on eBay, no problems. Others here would recommend Novak simply for their customer service. The eBay parts and Novak are the same, as far as I know.
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I picked up mine on eBay, no problems. Others here would recommend Novak simply for their customer service. The eBay parts and Novak are the same, as far as I know.
You're right. That's actually how I became acquainted with Southwest Gear, they are a vendor on eBay. After my initial purchase through eBay I started dealing directly with them.

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have any of you guys had the issue I had with the input bearing? I ask b/c I wondering if I ordered an incorrect kit or it is in fact a poorly manufactured item?
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I need to get these parts ordered ASAP... weathers warming up and I'm ready to park the daily driver and enjoy the sweet sounds of an old cj-7
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I did not have that problem, but then again I may not have noticed it. Was it obvious there was something wrong? Mine went all back together nicely and it's in the jeep motoring around now.
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Yeah, very obvious... about 1/8" gap from the transmission case to the bearing retainer.
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You know it's gotta get pressed in, right? There was likely a gap there for mine, but when I put the input shaft retainer and cinched it down it pressed the bearing in.

Is it above and beyond that? Maybe I'm just confused

If it's apparent there's a problem I'd order from Novak, that way you can be sure to get the best service around.
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Yeah, it was pressed all the way in, as the snap ring was sitting against the face of the transmission. In order to find out the problem, I pulled the input bearing back out and rested the input bearing with the snap ring in the bearing retainer. It did not fit due the the snap ring sitting outside of the machined inner dimension.

I'll snap a picture when I get home.
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I see what you're saying now. You're right, likely they sent the wrong bearing.
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I had an incorrect bearing in my Dana 300 rebuild kit, (crown brand), and ended up just ordering the correct bearing and race off of Amazon. Instead of waiting 4-5 days to get it from the other Jeep sites, I just took the number off the side of the original bearing and found it on amazon. I had it in two days and it was cheap.
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Does anybody like Timken or other well known company make the input bearing besides omix ADA?
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