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Old 08-15-2012, 12:06 AM
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Scored a 75,000 mile ax5 for $89.99

I bring this up because I thought maybe some others might be unaware that an ax5 out of a cherokee will work in a wrangler. There is almost never a wrangler in the junkyards and if there is, everything on it may as well be pressed out of gold for the prices they ask for parts. I was at a self service junkyard the other day and I walked up to a 99 cherokee to see if there was anything worthy on it.

I looked under the hood and there was a 2.5L I glanced at the quarter panel and there was a 4X4 decal. Looked inside praying it wasnt an automatic. It wasn't. Crawled underneath and there it was....an ax5 mated to a 2.5L and a 231np transfer case. The cherokee was in great shape but had been rolled. 75,XXX miles on it. I had it out and in the wheelbarrow in an hour and half. Good thing I had all the right tools! Ive been checking their inventory online for months. Always 20-30 cherokee's but never a wrangler (or a cj for that matter) so yeah....a lucky day for me.

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Dodge Dakota is another for a quick score on some inter-changable parts. Some even came with the D35 rear in them.

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What year Dakota are the parts interchange?
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I finally put the cherokee transmission in the wrangler and with the exception of the shifter, everything fit like a glove. The cherokee shifter set back to far and hit the console so I had to swap out the one from the wrangler.
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The 2.5 Dakotas also have the bellhousing for doing the AX-15 swap. Not sure of the exact years of Dakotas though.
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The 2.5 Dakotas also have the bellhousing for doing the AX-15 swap. Not sure of the exact years of Dakotas though.
97 bellbouse worked for me! I still don't get why people buy ax5's. Not much extra money to swap it, and now I abuse my transmission without fear. A 2.5 can not kill an ax15.
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The 2.5 Dakotas also have the bellhousing for doing the AX-15 swap. Not sure of the exact years of Dakotas though.
'96-'02 if i remember correctly
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'96-'02 if i remember correctly
Good luck finding one though. If you come across any buy them up. A lot of places that have them know what us Jeepers use them for and charge $200 or more for them. I got lucky and found mine for $75 from a guy who knew what it was for but doesn't try to take advantage of people.
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:51 AM
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I still don't get why people buy ax5's.
I went with the ax5 because it was cheap, low mileage, available and no other parts and expense involved at the time. My syncro's were gone along with 5th gear. Now that I can drive my jeep without fear of the transmission going completely out or damaging other things like the clutch, transfer case etc.. I can take my time looking for the bell housing, clutch and driveshaft parts that I need to do the ax15 swap next spring.

I agree with you Overkillyj that the ax5's are weak and should be swapped out with the ax15 at the earliest convenience. It just wasn't that convenient for me right now. Your advice on making the swap didn't fall on deaf ears. It's been in the back of my mind every since you suggested it.

I was also considering swapping out the engine at the same time but I really don't want to give up the gas milage. I'm consistantly getting 22 mpg which I find amazing. My tracker didn't even get that. The previous owner had removed the cat and put an electric fan on it. The milage may go down after I put a belt driven fan and cat back on it. I don't know.
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If you are going to swap the motor just do it all then. Don't go on a parts hunt for an ax15 swap. Took me about a month to get everything I needed, not to mention the $$$$ spent. I would just get an engine and transmission to swap together. Just go bigger than a 6. An upgrade to a 6 from a 4 is not a big enough difference to really make it worth the work and time. IMO

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