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Old 01-22-2011, 12:09 PM   #1
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Ax15 or nv3550

Please guys i need ur help. I have a 01 abd iam gona do auto to manual swap. Already descussed it on here and made up my mind. But i have been hearing many opinions on both. Some tell me to go woth the nv and some ax. I know the 01 cpmes with nv but i ax is better then i dont mind te older one. Thanx

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Your '01 has the 32RH automatic transmission which is one of the very best transmissions to have ever come out of Detroit. It is nearly bulletproof and is SUPERB offroad. Why in the world would you want to convert to something else?

I had a '97 that came with the AX-15 and I did just the opposite, I converted TO the 32RH automatic just for its better offroad characteristics.

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Love my auto as well and dont plan to ever go back to a stick. Between the two: both are fine with stock driveline. I would give a slight edge to the nv as 1st gear is lower. I had two tj's with the NV no issues, except on cold morning it would be tight to shift until it got warmed up.
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Yeah i know that my trabsmission is perfect and you jerry in every post try to change my mind hehe. I do support the fact the auto is btr than manual offroad. but iam not an auto person and this jeep is 90 percent daiku driver than offroader. and i love manuals too much to stick with this transmission. But i have a choice between the ax and nv i just wana know which on is stronger more longlife. Easier to work on is needs fixing.
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:55 PM   #5
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Please dont forget me guys. Soo i know with what to go with. And since the trans is coming from the slavage yard what should i look for too make sure it wont break down fast. I know a manual is not that easy to break but i dont want the guy ripping me off and i woukd have to rebuild. If it drives fine then thats it? Theres no way to find out if its bad?
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you want a manual I want an auto. I like driving my manual RX8 taking the tach to 9000rpm with enough power and torque. driving my 2.5L 5spd is not fun especially when its under power and clutch is heavy, and I cant use a remote start safely.
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you want a manual I want an auto. I like driving my manual RX8 taking the tach to 9000rpm with enough power and torque. driving my 2.5L 5spd is not fun especially when its under power and clutch is heavy, and I cant use a remote start safely.
I knw wat u mean exactly, i have raced my friends s2000 many times, since he has less ezperience with manual. And its extremely fun. But slow shfting with a rev in between is as fun to me. Hehe. Or downshfting. I dont know i cant explain it but i know i need a manual in it. And i need help dwxiding ax or nv.
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I have an ax-15 in mine. I would love to swap all the parts with you so I could have an auto.
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Please dont forget me guys. Soo i know with what to go with. And since the trans is coming from the slavage yard what should i look for too make sure it wont break down fast. I know a manual is not that easy to break but i dont want the guy ripping me off and i woukd have to rebuild. If it drives fine then thats it? Theres no way to find out if its bad?
honestly, I suggest you stay with autobox and invest in tires and lift.
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I have an ax-15 in mine. I would love to swap all the parts with you so I could have an auto.
Trust me o wpuld love to too, but look at my area. Iam on the other side of the globe. You would save me alot of money. But how do u lik the ax15 any probs?
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honestly, I suggest you stay with autobox and invest in tires and lift.
Already ordered. I know guys trust me autobox is btr iam jst doing this 4 me. I love standards and i habe to drive one everyday. And i like how the jeep drives with the manual.
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Trust me o wpuld love to too, but look at my area. Iam on the other side of the globe. You would save me alot of money. But how do u lik the ax15 any probs?
Mine has 140k on it and it has a grind in 3rd and 4th but I have an ax-15 with 70k and no issues sitting in the garage, but I haven't done anything with it yet because I want an auto.
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Mine has 140k on it and it has a grind in 3rd and 4th but I have an ax-15 with 70k and no issues sitting in the garage, but I haven't done anything with it yet because I want an auto.
Grind i. Third meaning it will need the third gear replaced? I wish i could swapp you. My trans is very low millege with scheduled oil change but the 3 continents seperate us. Hehe
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i have 110,xxx on my ax15 runs great, only issue is the cold mornings and even then it still runs awsome just needs to warm up a little, and i hear you on the manual so much btr to drive
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i have 110,xxx on my ax15 runs great, only issue is the cold mornings and even then it still runs awsome just needs to warm up a little, and i hear you on the manual so much btr to drive
Hehe atlast someone nt telling me nt to chabge. Thankx. But noone told i mean strength wise. For example dana 35 and 44 big dfrncr. What abojt ax 15 vs nv. I mean since i have a chance to choose what shoukd i tell him to put in.
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i cant really comment on the nv ive havnt had any experience with them but i like my ax
i only have the dana 30 frnt and the dana 35 in rear but i have no problem on the trails
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i cant really comment on the nv ive havnt had any experience with them but i like my ax
i only have the dana 30 frnt and the dana 35 in rear but i have no problem on the trails
I have heard that the ax15 is a meduin duty trans and the nv is heavy duty. For me its easier to gt teh ac 15 but if someone gives me the info for sure that the nv is much better il go with the nv since i have a choice.
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But noone told i mean strength wise. For example dana 35 and 44 big dfrncr. What abojt ax 15 vs nv. I mean since i have a chance to choose what shoukd i tell him to put in.
Well, the guys at Jp magazine certainly feel the NV3550 is stronger than the AX-15:

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I've had both. Took an ax15 out and put in a nv3550. I was getting a bad vibration that I thought was coming from my 140,000 mile ax15. Took it out, put in a new nv3550 and still had vibration. Turned out to be a bad drive shaft...not u joints but a Tom woods drive shaft. The ax shifts much better and is quieter. I don't know which is stronger but I know what I would put in if I had it to do again.
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Thanx guys for the replies. I actually read on anotherforum that the ax15 was a much better trans and that itbcould not be light duty since they pair it with v8 sometimes. And that it has less probs with hugher miles and its cheaper and easier to fix.

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