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Old 12-23-2009, 02:41 PM   #1
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T-5 Repair / Replacement

I searched this forum in a variety of ways but cannot find any threads related to my issue. I am in the metro Atlanta, GA area and I need low cost help repairing / replacing the T-5 transmission in my 1984 CJ-7. The local shop wants about $1500 to replace the trans but I did that once and it broke again in just over 3 months - after the 90 day warranty expired.

The verhicle has about 100k original miles and I am happy with the T-5 except for the recent problems. The trans works fine in 4th gear (1:1 so I guess the idler ? shaft is not in use) but in every other gear, and neutral, the trans makes a pop-pop-pop sound as the shaft rotates. I don't need rock crawling capability so I don't want the 4-speed and I don't want an automatic. I just want the original equipment repaired / replaced for less than $1500.

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Old 12-23-2009, 10:15 PM   #2
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I had a t-5 in mine as well that had issues and in Hotlanta. However that was over 7 years ago so I can't recall where I took it.

You might want to look into what is called a world class t-5 out of mustang. They are a bit beefier can handle higher HP and I think the swap is not to complex. you could also call turner Jeep parts, which I think was close to roswell route 400 give or take..its been a while. They might be able to point ya in the right direction.

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Old 12-23-2009, 11:17 PM   #3
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Just a note... I'm pretty sure the T-5 and T-4 have the same gear ratios first through fourth gear.
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:52 PM   #4
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Thanks. Looking for More Ideas

Thank you for the comments. I looked up the heavy duty T-5. I was not aware of the heavy duty unit... interesting.

I've tried Turner and several other local shops... that's the $1500 shops are quoting and that's just for the rebuilt transmission. It's another $1500 for labor and clutch plate and pressure plate. Yikes! Nearly $3000.

The T-5 overdrive is important to me. This vehicle see a number of highway miles and overdrive really helps on gas mileage.

Any other ideas out there? I'm pretty handy with mechanic work but my garage is just too small to work on a trans/transfer case. In addition, I don't have a floor jack or the trans jack. Anybody out there want to take on a project? I'll obtain a rebuilt trans. I need you to help me install it. Maybe we can arrange to barter other skills or swap some of my precious junk for your precious junk.
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Procastinating....

I still have not fixed the transmission. I found another shop that's willing to do the rebuild themselves. Much more affordable but still about $1500 total.

Anyone else have any ideas?
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I still have not fixed the transmission. I found another shop that's willing to do the rebuild themselves. Much more affordable but still about $1500 total.

Anyone else have any ideas?
Have you been able to locate any replacements? I traded about $250 worth of parts for my last one and it came with a bell.

Here is one I spotted on another forum. Might still be available.

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Old 12-31-2011, 08:13 AM   #7
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It's Only Been 2 Years...

...Since I made this original post. I'm finally in a position to work on this transmission. I'm leaning toward pulling the unit myself and working on it in my garage or simply replacing with a salvage T-5.

If anyone in Georgia (particularly in/around north Georgia or surrounding area) has a good T-5 for sale let me know.

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