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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-28-2003, 01:00 PM
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NV3550 or NV4500 or????

Well, the T5 in her is about to go belly up....but I'm going to run it til it dies. So what are your opinions on swaps, I know the NV4500 swap is the hot ticket right now, but it's a pretty $$$$$ swap.

here's my setup.... 4.0L, T-5, Dana 300 and 4.56 gears...

The NV3550 swap is starting to come around and it appears to be had for cheaper. This is a great tranny as well just not near as big or beefy at the 4500 and the gearing isn't as good.

Just wanting opinions, I really want to stick with a 5 speed due to the 4.56 gearing and its my Daily Driver.

thoughts or opinions please!
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Re: NV3550 or NV4500 or????

I think if you can find a 95 or earlier Dodge NV4500, you can use it with the D300 with only a clocking ring and no adapter. This might offset the cost of the tranny considering you'd have to get an adapter for the NV3550. Just a thought.
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Re: NV3550 or NV4500 or????

are you sure the dana 300 wont bolt to an nv3550 from a 2000+tj?
I know lots of folks running nv3550's (including my wifes jeep) and I dont know of anyone who broke one yet.
I have the nv4500 in my jeep with the extra low 1st gear...its nice on the trails, but I start in 2nd on the street.
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Re: NV3550 or NV4500 or????

I just put a 4500 with an Atlas II in my 89 and I couldn't be happier. The 1st gear is low, so I start in 2nd on the street, but off-road it's nice. We spent a few days in Moab last month and I was able to run in 2H much of the time. The 4500 is a little longer and hangs down a bit, but with some fabrication to the body (or body lift) it tucks up pretty well. I ordered mine direct from Advance Adapters and they were very prompt and helpful.
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Re: NV3550 or NV4500 or????

I agree, I think the NV3550 will bolt to the dana 300 and the NV3550 obviously bolts to the 4.0L....I'm just wondering about the price...used they seem to be fetching the same around here....~$1000.

I'm just thinking that the 3550 will be cheaper to make it fit...possibly...and I will probably go the new route since the used price isn't that much cheaper.

I'm just wondering if the NV4500 is going to be too much fabrication for the gains I might see out of it. I like the idea of the granny low gear tho and the fact I will never overpower that transmission. I'm trying to get a ton of research done right now.

Just getting opinions....

With a NV4500, going to need:

New bellhousing or Adapter Plate
New Pilot Bearing
Bearing Retaining kit for Dana 300
New Mount for Skid Plate
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Re: NV3550 or NV4500 or????

Elusive, your right, my bad. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] You can bolt an NV3550 to the D300. I guess it just depends on what you can find for how much $$$.
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Re: NV3550 or NV4500 or????

Does either of these 5 speed trannies bolt up to a 4.2L? I have an old 4 speed manual in mine, but would sure love a 5 speed if I could ever afford it!
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Re: NV3550 or NV4500 or????

just one word of caution, stay away from the wc t-5, my roomate plunked down like 1500 big ones for on of them and managed to destroy it in a couple of months, (not rodding on ieither and he aint even turning big tires....)

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Re: NV3550 or NV4500 or????

Research time: Maybe someone else can use this as well...

New NV4500 with 6.34 Granny gear, right input shaft, and Dodge tailhousing, new bell housing, 1 gallon lubricant, pilot bearing, throw out bearing going to cost WITHOUT shipping...........$2,400


New NV3550 with adapter plate, thow out bearing, lubricant, WITHOUT shipping..........$1,674


Quite a bit less on the NV3550....almost enough to warrant 4 to 1 gears in the Dana 300.


What is everyones thought on the AX-15? It's a medium duty transmission with about the same gearing as a NV3550? Adapter kit for the Dana 300 is 168 and I can find AX-15s all over the place, the bolt directly to the 4.0L...hmmmmmm

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