nv3550 vs. nv4500 vs. WCt5 - Off-Road Forums & Discussion Groups
Jeep-Short Wheelbase All discussion of short wheelbase Jeeps: CJ, TJ, YJ and JK

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-08-2004, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 35
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
nv3550 vs. nv4500 vs. WCt5

Am planning a tranny swap to replace my stock t5 later this year. Also will be installing a 5.0 EFI.
I was planning to build a WC t5 so that I could keep the tailshaft housing that I have and not have to buy any adapters. But, the apparent weakness of the t5's has me wondering...
Is a NV3550 that much stronger than the t5? They're both aluminum cases, and I believe they both have about the same torque rating (~300ft.lbs.) Also, I think I can bolt it to my d300 with just a clocking ring. What's involved $$$ to bolt it to a 302?
I know the daddy would be the 4500, but the cost has me balking. I could be talked into it though....
Thanks, sorry for the length.
highmtnjeepn is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-08-2004, 08:45 AM
Addict
 
Mike86CJ7's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 490
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: nv3550 vs. nv4500 vs. WCt5

Well, you can look at it this way. The NV4500 will probably be the last manual trans you ever have to buy. Consider how long you plan on keeping your rig, and spread the price over that time period. It mght be more cost effective than it first appears.
Mike86CJ7 is offline  
post #3 of (permalink) Old 03-08-2004, 11:21 AM
Old Hand
 
general420's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 686
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: nv3550 vs. nv4500 vs. WCt5

The 4500 is the king of the block, and if you find the right Dodge 4WD version, a clocking ring will work to bolt it to your D300 (do a search, there was a couple good postings on it). The 3550 is till a much sturdier unit than the T-5, and would be cheaper. As for the WC t-5, you know what they say, if you polish a turd, you have a good looking turd. The t-5's weakness is in the construction of the case, which is not changed in the WC version, just beefed up guts. Just my .02
general420 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-08-2004, 03:03 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 148
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: nv3550 vs. nv4500 vs. WCt5

Wouldn't a T-18 be the best and cheepest manual tranny to attach to a Ford 302? The other three trannys you listed would cost a lot in adapters with a 302. You give up the overdrive with the T-18 though.

I have a W/C T-5 and am very pleased with it. But I would not use it with a V-8.
[img]images/graemlins/scs.gif[/img]
flintstone is offline  
post #5 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2004, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 35
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: nv3550 vs. nv4500 vs. WCt5

Back to this topic after a while.....
Is the 3550 that much stronger than the t5?
I don't mean to beat this subject to death, but keeping a t5 derivative would be easier than the 3550 if they're about the same.
Am I going to have to buy an adapter to bolt the 3550 to a sbf? Are any stock bellhousings a fit? I am assuming that the 3550 is external slave.
Gotta have the od. 4.56 is not highway friendly at 1:1
highmtnjeepn is offline  
post #6 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2004, 06:17 PM
Old Hand
 
gigolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: kansas city
Posts: 935
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: nv3550 vs. nv4500 vs. WCt5

If the budget allows for it, I'd go for the 4500. If you're going to drop the dough on a 3550, b/h, clutch parts, etc, then you might as well put out a little more. It's like insurance that you won't have to again, even if you decide to put big block in. A 5.61 first is great, and like Mike said, it will probably last you forever. I'm a bit of a 3550 hater, since I had one of the early 2000 tj defects. But, if I hadn't I probably wouldn't have put a 4500 in mine. I knew it was a defect, and probably could have fought the dealer tooth and nail to get it replaced, but I decided to go for what would only have to be done once. And it's been a great tranny, as long as you can handle some not so pleasant rattling noises from time to time.
gigolo is offline  
post #7 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2004, 07:53 PM
Moderator
 
Dirt Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Troy, Ohio
Posts: 7,409
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: nv3550 vs. nv4500 vs. WCt5

IF you can afford it.......go for the 4500.

I would if I could. (end of story)

The WC T-5 isn't bad but not bulletproof and lacks the granny. The 3550 is a "smidge" better. The T18 is awesome in strength, but lacking the driveability of the overdrive. (with deep gears)

So it boils back down to what do you want............and what can you afford?

I go to sleep at night dreaming about the NV4500. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
Dirt Dog is offline  
post #8 of (permalink) Old 03-14-2004, 11:04 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 409
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
 
Re: nv3550 vs. nv4500 vs. WCt5

If you go with the NV3550 get a newer one. Older ones popped out of gear sometimes. The NV in my Rubicon makes a lot of noise in neutral. But I believe this is natural. They also require some $$$$ special tranny fluid.

As stated above the nv4500 is what most of the Big Dodge trucks come with. It is a bulletproof tranny as it WILL be you last to buy.
87Warrior is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Off-Road Forums & Discussion Groups forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome