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Old 12-01-2012, 03:33 PM   #1
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Owned a DJ5 for 11 years now, and have always thought it would be great to 4WD-ify it, but with 5 kids and a grandbaby, it's never made it up the priority list. On my umpteenth deployment, and I have a decent chunk of change saved up, and it's my turn this time (also have a kid that just reached driving age, so another drivable vehicle is a good idea)

So...what is the absolute shortest tranny/TC combo I can get behind a mid 70's 232? I'm basically sold on converting to stick, because the manuals are way shorter, but I'm not too familiar with what bolts up to what. After 2 or 3 days on Google, I'm fairly certain that a T14, T15, or T150 and Dana20 pair is going to be the absolute best in terms of length, because they are all very short, and those will bolt up without adapters to a 232, but I'd be very grateful for any sort of insights into "shorty" combos I might be able to find at the junkyard, and more importantly, what common vehicles they might be found in...

There are ZERO CJ's in the junkyards here, ever, and no scouts, but there are a bajillion XJ's and trucks of all eras. No problem buying or making adapters, but every adapter added is going to shorten the rear shaft...

Pass/Driver drop, centered/offset rear and all that are basically irrelevant, because my front axle is currently a "dummy tube" rockwell, so I'm going to need a pair of axles, and I figure I'll go for good driveshaft legths as the first priority and then track down axles to match whatever configuration I end up with (so a Dana 18 isn't ruled out).

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Old 12-01-2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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not trying to sidetrack your build but you might buy a yj for less than you can build this

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Old 12-01-2012, 05:42 PM   #3
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not trying to sidetrack your build but you might buy a yj for less than you can build this
If I buy a YJ, It will be to rip the guts out of to put in the DJ.

I have no rational explanation... It's a "real jeeps are built, not bought" jeep thing
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I like your attitude but I'm so sore and tired after changing the springs and shocks on my old CJ3b today, it was a little more work than I thought it would be and I think I'm too old to be getting up and down that many times It will be a lot more fun after about a week from now The T90 and Dana 18 or 20 must be about as short as you can get. A Warn overdrive on the back of the transfer case doesn't add anything to the length of the drive-train and it is real nice when on the highway or when you want to split a gear for the right speed in the bush.
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