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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-19-2003, 10:07 PM
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ok im planing to get a sm465 tranny and use a novak adapter(sp?)to a dana 300 would like to know if there are any versions of the dana 300 that wont work? thanks for the help [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Re: this my be a dumb qustion

As far as I know, the adapter should work on all of them. Only difference I know in D300's is a short shaft one in '80, and a long shaft one there after. They also put some D300's in scouts I believe, and they had a different bolt pattern, so you might want to watch out for those, but they're rare. Anyway, that's about all I know(or think I know)
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I am working on the same swap right now. The SM465 to D300 (in my mind) is probably one of the best combos for a Short wheel base Jeep. For the money you get a super drivetrain. I am also doing a D44 swap, So I am going to use a passangers side drop front D44. (thus not needed the flip kit.)
Get a D300 from a CJ, and then call novak, and they have the kit. They actually have two. You can swap the output shaft on the trannie, or you can swap the input on the Tcase. The kit is 3.1" thick. And as a nice little side note, and this is really lucky.
The length measured from the tip of the input shaft on the transmission (sm465) to the rear of the D300 is almost the same length as the Ax-5 NP231. It is with in .8" I am not sure what the length difference is between the AX-5, and the AX-15. But if you have an AX-5 you can do this swap, and keep your front driveshaft. I would assume taht since you are going to the trouble you will go to a CV rear. But if you don't, you can probably reuse the rear too. Or you could run them for a while, until you get new ones. Just a little info I found very useful about that swap.
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thanks for the help i just did not want to buy the d 300 just to find out it won't work [img]images/graemlins/chairfall.gif[/img] oh i almost forgot what year of cj should i look for to get the D300?
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Oh, no worries about the D300, they work, they work great.
The first year of the D300 was in 1980, and if I remember correctly, in 80 the D300 had a short output. That means it was shorter than all the rest. And the last year of the D300 was in 1986. When they changed over to the YJ, and started using the NP 231. So you can find a 300 under any CJ from 80-86. So some homework, do some looking, and I bet you can find one without too much trouble. I was able to find one for $100, however I haven't yet picked it up, so I do not know if it needs a rebuild. Good luck
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