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Old 04-26-2019, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2019: SM465 refresh, any gotchas or good sources?

I picked up an earlier 2wd SM465 that I will be mounting behind a big block of some sort. I will be using an Advance Adapters adapter to mount a Land Cruiser split case behind it.

The gears are in amazing shape. The shifting chevrons are very crisp and defined. There is no chipping. There is a little bit of surface rust but of no concern.

I am wanted to replace the bearings, syncros, seals, and gaskets. Any good sources for refresh kits? I know Novak is about $220.

My understanding is the third gear popout issue is fixed with a spacer on the counter shaft. At ~$22, not a bad deal so any reason not to?

The top cover shift forks all have teflon coating issues. Rather than replacing the shift forks, I beleive I want to get the later model aluminum shift cover. My understanding is the aluminum cover will bolt to the earlier SM465. Any good sources?

I've watched several videos on doing the rebuild and it doesn't look too difficult. Are there any gotchas I should be concerened over?

What other upgrades should I be looking at?
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Old 04-26-2019, 07:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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@AlxJ64 rebuilt one for his tj build about 10 years ago. Maybe he can chime in.
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I actually used the Novak Kit myself. It is rather easy but can be cumbersome, I gave myself the worst bruised thumbnail I've had in my life. I went ahead and put new sintered iron bushings on mine as well when I was doing it. Get someone to help you with the first gear mainshaft reinstall as it is awkward and that's what smashed my thumb when first gear landed back in place. Overall they are great transmissions and are really easy to work on. I wheeled the snot out of mine in a TJ for years and regret nothing about having it.
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Old 04-28-2019, 07:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I had one in my old FJ40 back in late 90s. No complaints. For this upcoming project of an infrequent Sierra foothill tow rig, I can't justify an NV4500

Thank you for the comment on Novak. Were the bearings a quality brand? The last transfer case rebuild kit I bought had some garbage off-brand Chinese bearings
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