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Re: Any Other replacements for the AX-5 ?
The 4500 is a fine transmission there is no question about that. But it does require a very fancy lube, and I seem to recall that it is very expencive.
Also notable, the 4500 isn't all that much longer than the Ax-5, but it is massive in the other direction. It is also very tall, you would need to install a body lift to fit it, or cut our a LOT of your floor.
I am not saying that the NV4500 is a bad swap. I think it is pretty much the end all of transmissions, and if I could afford one, I would have my own. But as far as swaps go... That is a tricking and very $$ one.
The poor 2.5L doesn't lend itself to very many swaps... Take a look at POR, there have been some interesting articals on how to swap an AX-15 behind a 2.5L That would probably be a pretty good set up, if you could get a transfer case at the same time.