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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-07-2001, 01:17 PM
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CJ-7 Q-Trac vs Dana- 20

Question for anybody. Have a '79 304 with Q-trac, but case and trans might need to be rebuilt. Found a '79 that I can get for about $1500 with rebuilt 232 but the t-150 and dana 20 might need work as well as new brakes. With the Q-trac I know what I have and what I need, but the t-150 I will be starting over. Just used for hunting, sand and mud so I don't need a rock-crawler. Input is greatly appreciated.

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Re: CJ-7 Q-Trac vs Dana- 20

I like the gear driven transfer cases myself. However the chain drives do have their points too. Just ask CJDave.

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The Qtrac is as good as any other transfer case based on what you said you use yours for,,,,stick with what you have and put the $1500.00 back in to your current ride..........

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I have the 304/TH400/Qtrac combo as well and like it well enough. The chain in the qtrac needs replacing relatively often (60-100k miles), about $120. I think the set-up would work well for your application and the TH400 auto trans is virtually indestrucable. I'd say stay w/what you've got. Although, any excuse to buy more Jeeps is always good. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Thats a CJDave question...

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 03-08-2001, 11:44 AM
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The more jeeps, the better [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]. Really though, which jeep is in the best overall condition? If your thinking about buying the other jeep for $1,500 just to get one working jeep out of the two I wouldn't do it. It'll be a pain to make your auto into a stick. You can pull your th400 and have it rebuilt for $250-300 and put a new chain in the q-trac for $100-150. Both will be fresh and probably never give you any more trouble for what your using them for.

Now the flip side. Are you sure the motor in the other jeep is a 232? If so, as you probably know, that wasn't a factory option. Who did the rebuild? Any receipts? Do both jeeps have the same axle gearing? 3:54s were common, but if the jeep your thinking about buying has 4:10s that could be a deciding factor. Is this jeep in better overall condition than yours? How does it compare with yours as far as frame cracks?, rust?, body mounts rusted? leaking/burning oil? etc. If the motor is strong and the rest of the jeep is solid and in better condition than yours, I wouldn't worry so much about the t-150 or D20. Around here you can pick 'em up pretty cheap. The Dana 20 t-case is cast iron and all gears...pretty stout. But it does have a crappy low range. You can get a good used D20 here for $50-75. About the same on the t-150. In fact, I see you in Texas, my bro-in-law has a t-150/D20 combo he'd probably sell if your interested. So you might buy the other jeep and sell yours.

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post #7 of (permalink) Old 03-08-2001, 04:34 PM
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Thanks for the tips. I think I'll stay with what I have. Anybody know of any good rebuild shops near Houston ?

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Sounds like a good choice to stay with what you have. I think that the axles have different offsets for the Q-trac than the D20. Also, if you go to the T150, you will soon be looking for a T18 to replace it as if has no granny low gear.

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