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Old 03-02-2015, 01:31 AM
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Tranny swap

Hey all, I'm new here, but I've been reading posts since I got my first YJ long ago.

I recently picked up a '00 TJ. I got it for a steal, it has 80000 miles on it and is in great condition. The only issue is that, the PO took it from a manual transmission to an automatic. I can't stand automatics, it's just a personal preference. My mechanic and I are going to swap in an AX-15. Since the computer was never changed when they original conversion was preformed, we shouldn't have too much work too do.

My question for you all is. Where should I look for an AX-15. I prefer to get a prefabbed kit that has the clutch already assembled, so to reduce the amount of work we have to put into it. Also any advice from anyone who has preformed this type of project would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your help in advance. I will post pictures as the project progresses.

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Bump. I'm in a similar situation and would love some insight on where to find the parts and pieces.

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Old 03-11-2015, 01:55 AM   #3
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I have a 2004 TJ Sahara with 4.0, air, 5 speed......and i am looking for a automatic, due to a bad hip....I live in calif, any one want to trade ? it also has a dana 44, cruise control, I bought it from the orig owner in calif 2 days ago.Anybody interested ?
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Its a hardtop too !
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When you say "already assembled", do you mean a clutch kit? Any kit you buy will require just about the same amount of work. All of the standard kits come with the same things: alignment tool, throw out bearing and clips, pilot bearing, pressure plate, and disc, spline lube, etc.

To answer your question, I'd look for a transmission recyling yard. Not sure what to call it, but out where I live we have this entire street with different buildings all assorted to different parts of cars/trucks. I got a replacement ax5 for like 200-300 bucks from them and it's been running great for years. You could also try a scrapyard. Just be smart about your picking if you're buying used. Probably would be best to avoid Craigslist for an item like a transmission. Would suck to put it in and have it grind from the get go. If you're buying a rebuilt or whatever, I don't really have any recommendations because I've never bought one in that condition, sorry.

Good luck.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:57 PM
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Okay guys, wanted to update.

Contacted a great website called LKQ.com. They have rebuilt and used transmissions, engines, etc... Basically they're an online U-pick-n-pull. Very great customer service too. I got a rebuilt nv3550 for $1500.00. Gonna order all the other parts from O'reilly. The whole thing, plus install of some parts I can't do myself is gonna run close to $3500. Which isn't bad considering the 2000 TJ all this is going in, only ran me $7600, with only 80,000 original miles on it. It's completely rust free and has never been in an accident. IMO I came out on top. Thanks for the comments guys. I'll post pics once I start getting parts in.

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