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Old 08-18-2011, 11:04 AM   #31
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I don't think a 502 Ram Jet is capable of crawling. If you call 30 mph up a hill full of rocks and trees crawling.....
Oh sure it is, we have 580hp small blocks that crawl just fine on the doublelow side. I overpower everything because I want it there when I need it I dont call 30 mph crawling, but thats the only way anyone can make it up those trails I guarantee it.

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My '98 Sport is a 5-speed, and that's the only thing I don't like about it. My two former 4.0L TJs were both automatics, and it makes a world of difference out on the rocks. I could easily see myself converting this Jeep to an automatic....

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Old 08-30-2011, 10:43 PM   #33
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Im new to wrangler forum, started surfing posts, ran across this one, and had to reply.

Im in the middle of an auto to manual swap myself (swapping nv3550 from an 03 tj to my 97 sahara). I've got my auto tranny off, installed the clutch pedal, master/slave, flywheel, pilot bushing, pilot bearing, and clutch. I'll be bolting the nv3550 on tomorrow, then measuring for driveshafts, and should be finished!!!

If you have any questions regarding the swap, let me know and ill do my best to answer.

Oh, and for you auto lovers... I'll be putting together a package deal for an auto swap with everything included (32rh tranny, tc, flexplate, shifter, cables, 231 transfer case, linkage, colling lines, oil fill tube w/ dipstick, auto computer, everything *maybe driveshafts*). I should have it packaged and ready by end of the week.


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Old 08-31-2011, 12:21 AM   #34
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Oh, and for you auto lovers... I'll be putting together a package deal for an auto swap with everything included (32rh tranny, tc, flexplate, shifter, cables, 231 transfer case, linkage, colling lines, oil fill tube w/ dipstick, auto computer, everything *maybe driveshafts*). I should have it packaged and ready by end of the week.
Someone should jump on that. In fact, I'd rather have your 3-speed 32RH in my '04 Rubicon than my present 42RLE 4-speed automatic. You're removing one of the best transmissions (Ford even tried to buy the manufacturing rights to it) to have ever come out of Detroit for the NV3550, which doesn't have such a great reputation.
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Someone should jump on that. In fact, I'd rather have your 3-speed 32RH in my '04 Rubicon than my present 42RLE 4-speed automatic. You're removing one of the best transmissions (Ford even tried to buy the manufacturing rights to it) to have ever come out of Detroit for the NV3550, which doesn't have such a great reputation.
Sorry n00b question: Are all the 3-speeds this tranny you are mentioning? I am looking at a '01 sport 4.0 auto this weekend... Will it def have that one in it?
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3-speed automatics were used up through 1999 LucaBrasi, Jeep switched to the 4-speed automatic in 2000.
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3-speed automatics were used up through 1999 LucaBrasi, Jeep switched to the 4-speed automatic in 2000.
Oh that is unfortunate (I must have misread elsewhere). How's the reputation on the 4-speed?? I hope it's not the same thing that crapped out in all the WJ's from that time...
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I don't believe the WJs used the same transmission but I guess it's possible if the WJ had the 4.0L engine. The 4-speed automatic's reputation is not as renowned as the 3-speed's is. That isn't to say it's failure-prone, mine has over 87K miles on it, but people just aren't as happy with it... especially due to its extra-steep overdrive ratio that makes extra-low axle gearing the way to go.
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Thanks for the info. The TJ I am looking at is over 115k for miles! I'll have to pay attention to how it shifts.

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I have built 5 Jeeps in the last 20 years and five of them were manual transmission Jeeps and I loved them all...now I have a 1999 TJ with a 32RH auto and it is by far my favorite. I never knew what I was missing all these years. No, I'm not running anything overly fancy either; Lift, 35 inch tires, Detroit lockers front and rear. It just works well. In everything.

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