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DARKSLAYER56 02-27-2012 10:56 AM

Brand new AX5
Later this week I'm buying and having installed a "Brand New AX5". The cost for the tranny minus core charge is $950.00. I'm cool with the cost so long as it is new and not re-manufactured. I couldn't seem to get a better price than about $650.00 for a used or remanned. Anybody see any problems with my plan? I hope not because, I'm super stoked to be getting the ol' YJ back. I'm thinking $950.00 is well worth it for "New".

JeepAddOns-Chris 02-27-2012 11:19 AM

Some reading here and why I don't recommend replacing with a new part.

Jeep Conversions We Don't Do - Novak Conversions

IMHO this would be a perfect opportunity to convert to an AX-15, which even if used would be bulletproof behind a 2.5.

DARKSLAYER56 02-27-2012 11:55 AM

Yeah, I know the AX15 is better but, I don't do any serious 4 wheeling and my rig is pretty much stock. I also know the AX15 isn't a straight up bolt on replacement without at least an adapter kit and some minor modifications. Weak or not my last AX5 carried my Jeep to almost 300,000 miles so if it lasts another 22 years I think we'll be good. What I really want to know is if anyone agrees that a "New " price of $950.00 sounds more reasonable than the used and re-manufactured prices of around $650.00.

JeepAddOns-Chris 02-27-2012 12:36 PM

Reman is essentially the same. Internals are mostly new. Only thing that is kept is non-wear parts like the casing.

Reman, $650 sounds like a good price. The new price you got sounds like a good price. $650 is way too much for a used AX-5 though.

DARKSLAYER56 02-27-2012 01:31 PM

Thanks. Anybody else wanna chime in?

blazerone22 02-27-2012 02:13 PM

I can get a remand Here for 450 with core

Yjpower94 02-28-2012 06:59 AM

Where are you finding these prices for the new and remaned ones??? I'm curious most of the prices I see are way over that

DARKSLAYER56 02-28-2012 07:53 AM

Ebay. Mantrans is the seller and has a good Ebay rep.

frankenstienjeep 02-28-2012 08:56 PM

my question would be what kind of warranty on the new ax-5. i was moving my jeep from the front to the back yard to fit up my home made tire carrier and blew a hole in my ax 5 in reverse. they sell an ax 15 retro fit kit to 2.5 transmission and all for 1900.00 if i read it correctly. im opting to put the money toward a v-8 conversion . but deff would do the ax-15 conversion over replacing the ax-5 the long run i think you would be happier with the results of a dependable tranny

Yjpower94 02-28-2012 09:04 PM

Ok I didn't think to check on there. If mine went I would prolly just do a reman ax5. In the long run I wanna motor swap and do a legit soa. I have a reman in my jeep now and im at 155.

ballistx 02-29-2012 07:07 AM

AX-5 unreliable?
I understand that the AX-5, just like the D-30 & D-35's, isn't manufactured to handle significant upgrades. But to say it's too weak and "should" be replaced with an AX-15 because it failed at nearly 300,000 miles???

To check reality, how many miles do you have on your basically unmodified YJ with the AX-5 and what is the transmission history?

I have 18 years, 1 total wreck at 16,000 miles, 83,500+ miles, never been serviced, and mine is holding up fine.

DARKSLAYER56 02-29-2012 11:07 AM

Thank you Balistx. My point exactly.

WranglerJR83 02-29-2012 05:41 PM

I didn't even know you could put an ax15 behind a 4banger. Does anyone have any info on this. I would be interested. I just blew up my ax5 and I can find rebuilt and new ax15 trannys all day for half of an ax5

ballistx 02-29-2012 09:20 PM

You need
You need a 1996-1998 Dodge Dakota 4cyl bell housing and a different splined shaft for your transfer case.

DARKSLAYER56 03-07-2012 10:33 AM

Alright! My "new" AX-5 arrived today and I'll have it back from the shop by Monday. As all you jeepers can attest to: having a broken down jeep is the pits. I couldn't be happier to be getting it back. Thanks to all on this thread.

2xs 03-07-2012 09:26 PM


Originally Posted by DARKSLAYER56 (Post 2079696)
Yeah, I know the AX15 is better but, I don't do any serious 4 wheeling and my rig is pretty much stock....

Yet your AX5 is still broken.....

Gate53 03-07-2012 09:33 PM


Originally Posted by 2xs (Post 2115783)
Yet your AX5 is still broken.....

Dang broke at 300,000 miles gezzz they just don't make 'em like they used to.

bc3_Jeep 03-07-2012 10:03 PM

I put well over 100K on my first AX5.... and I beat the PI$$ out of it....speed shifting and all the rest......Given the proper amount of respect.... it is as good as any other tranny.,....I have over 90K on the current one.....been a little more respectful of this one.... :)

Yjpower94 03-08-2012 06:29 AM

Mine is chattering in fourth and fifth now haha I'm gonna run her till it's bad than take a stab a rebuilding it.

DARKSLAYER56 03-14-2012 07:45 AM

Alright!!!!!!!!! Ol' Blackie is back where he belongs! It's been a long six months (having to drive a "normal" car) but, now all is right with the world. Thanks to all for the moral support during those troubled times.

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