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Old 06-23-2013, 09:20 AM   #31
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I've got one good one and 3 bad ones in my shop. I get calls weekly for people looking for a good one. They are a far cry from a 15.

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Old 06-23-2013, 01:53 PM   #32
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Oh thank you for your wisdom. I love the part where you say the AX5 will be fine the most.
Im glad you enjoyed it.

I am also glad your post had just as much wisdom in it as the other ones you made.

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Old 06-23-2013, 06:30 PM   #33
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There is this thing called momentum. When you down shift it goes into your transmission. When you put larger tires on, they have more leverage on the differential gears. When you raise the gear ratio and have larger tires, the pinion gear may not turn as fast for every rotation of the tires, but it has a ton of torque being put into it from the tires. The gears being raised raise the power both ways, not just one. Lets see how those larger tires with their extra weight slow down without brakes. You know, like when you downshift. You think that dinky little AX5 is going to be "fine"? It will last a little bit, but there is no way in hell I would run a setup like that on something I dont want to break. If I downshifted in a setup like that where I live with some of the hills that trans would go pop. It would be fine to put around town with and only use offroad though.

Put an AX15 next to an AX5 and look at the size difference. Then remember that people being abusive can kill an AX15 with 35s over time. I killed a couple of AX5's with 31's and 410 gears before spending the cash to convert it to an AX15. I could have regeared for about the same cost, maybe even less, but I still would have had that turd between the motor and tires.

I could regear tomorrow and go stick 44's on if I wanted to, but there are proper ways to get there if that is where you want to be. It is far from the best way to push around a Jeep like that.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:36 PM   #34
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how expensive would it be to pick up and convert over to an AX15?
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:45 PM   #35
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how expensive would it be to pick up and convert over to an AX15?
It cost me about $1000. I got the Dakota bellhouse for $75, the AX15 for $200, NP231 to fit the AX15 for $200, then new clutch for an 84 4cyl camaro, and pilot bushing from Advanced Adapters. What sucks is that the new bellhouse adds about 2.5" so you need to shorten the rear driveshaft and lengthen the front. One of the best things I ever did though. Whats the point of driving around in an awesome looking Jeep that you have to worry about breaking all the time? I dont worry too much anymore.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:53 PM   #36
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with 33's, 4.88's, huge axles, and custom drive shafts... im not too worries right now I will definitely keep the AX15 mod in mind if i ever go bigger! I do love the 4 banger though, its an awesome little motor

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