Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
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Re: AX5 trans swap with BA 10/5?
Sometimes free isn't good. Sometimes we settle for parts because we have access to them, that's not always good. Often when you grab and go with a free/accesable part you do yourself a disservice. This is one of those times. You swap in the transmission that's next to free in hopes of getting your Jeep running. You will soon learn that swapping is not free, it comes with a cost. The adaption costs mount up, often past the cost of the part you really wanted. Then there's the support cost of that part. In your case you're swapping in an inferior part that is well known for failure on the trail and off the trail.
IMHO, keep what you've got. Pull the transmission out and open 'er up. It's time to learn to rebuild it. What do you have to loose?
A rebuild kit costs from $125, on up. The cost will depend on what you want in quality and price. What's the modification cost to the BA10/5 going to cost in time, money and headaches?
If you rebuild it, you'll have gained a lot more than a working Jeep. There will be a next time, and you will be prepared. Oh, and since your son was responsible for the carnage, it's a good time for him to pay for the parts and help with the repair. He'll learn a lot, and so will you about both the Jeep, but also about each other.
Then when your done take the family out for rootbeer floats with the money you've saved.