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Re: Puke-n-go and NP231 questions (attn: Andy :-)
The only real things you can do are check the endplay of the trans (there really shouldn't be any) and any freeplay in the input shaft/output shaft. @ 200k you've gotten real lucky! Just keep your fingers crossed. My puke and go, before I swapped a t-150 in, had a countershaft bearing that was starting to go south. I knew it was the countershaft because the trans made all kinds of noise, but when it was in 4th, it was whisper quiet (power flow in 4th goes straight through the mainshaft, as it is a 1:1 gear ratio, so the countershaft bearing is taken out of the picture.) I also had a few missing teeth on my reverse gear, as it would make noise at the same place on each revolution.
When was the last time you changed the gear lube in the trans? It's essential to be vigilant about stuff like that with an older, light-duty trans...
I would start saving your pennies for an AX-15. Who knows, though, if it's made it 200k, it may make it 400k! [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]