You cant use that AX5 tranny. I wouldn't feel comfortable with the Dana 35 either. The TC will handle it fine, but depending on what Transmission you go with you will need to change the input shaft on the np231. If you put in an AX15 it can handle a V8 and has an output shaft that can fit the input shaft on the np231 if you change it, but you will need an adapter plate from advanced adapters and they charge a lot for those. I dont know if there are bellhouses from anything else that will mate an AX15 to a V8. Maybe the bellhouse from a dakota with a V8, but I am not sure if they used an AX15 in their V8 models or not.
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95 YJ, 2.5 AX15 conversion, 4.0 TB, SOA +1.5", 33" DC Crusher Tires, 8.8 Rear w/welded tubes + LSD, Spartan Locker HP30 Front w/solid axle swap, Rocky Road OTT kit, Safari Snorkel, Warn VR8000 Winch, Smittybuilt front Bumper, JKS Disconnects, AA SYE, Teraflex Shock Bar in Rear, 1/2" Boomerang Shackles, RE Add a Leafs, Homebrew Traction Bar, Monstalined in&out, LED Tail lights, 1700 Watt Stereo
What all would i need to change if I pulled the 2.5 out off my 95 and went with a v-8, Axles, Trans,???? Would it be worth it?? Average cost??
Put it this way... You would need to start with a chassis, and a YJ body, as well as some misc electrical. Everything that controls the 2.5L engine has to go, everything the 2.5L engine drives has to go. Here's a basic list to sum it up:
-Upgrade front axle
It's extensive, something that you should do a lot of homework on before diving into such a project. Can cost you quite a bit as well, so get yourself a reliable DD.