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Old 06-16-2004, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dana 300 VS NP205...$ and opinions

OK...This question willl be a for a garage built buggy I am working on.

Dana 60/14 bolt should be around 3400 pounds. With 39.5 Iroks

The motor is a chevy 350, TBI, Flat top pistons and some other good parts.

I am running a Turbo 400 Tranny with reverse manual Valve body.

I currently own a Dana 300 with a AA kit to mount it to a Turbo 400. It does not have the 32 spline output at this time.

I also currently own a one ton NP205 with the turbo 400 adapter. However it has a long tailhousing on it and Im not sure what I would have to do to get rid of that.

I know the 300 will have a lower gear and may weight a bit less but stock the 205 will be stronger. I will be selling the other in order to pay for some beadlocks so I need to make up my mind on what to run and since I have them both I cant seem to decide.

Please include good tech and opinions and help me make up my mind.

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Old 06-16-2004, 10:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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After building my D300 with Tera Low 4:1, JBcon 32 spline f&r outputs, and AA adapter.....

....I wish I would have bought and ATLAS

You are going to want lower gearing than the 205 can produce.
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Sell both , buy atlas...come up with bead locks later.....hmmm
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sell the 300....you are going to spend quite a bit to make it worthy.......

keep the 205 it will be strong enough as is....imho

take the $$ from the 300 and buy beadlocks.......

take the upgrde $$ you will spend on the 300...outputs and 4-1 kit....and buy a klune..........

you will have a stronger and better geared setup than anything....
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Old 06-17-2004, 08:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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sell the 300....you are going to spend quite a bit to make it worthy.......

keep the 205 it will be strong enough as is....imho

take the $$ from the 300 and buy beadlocks.......

take the upgrde $$ you will spend on the 300...outputs and 4-1 kit....and buy a klune..........

you will have a stronger and better geared setup than anything....
I agree, I ran a 300 with 32spline o/p and 4:1 with a 4.0 IL 6 and 40's. after 1 season I pulled the t-case out because of some "noise" I was hearing and it had a cracked case and gears. I now have a 205 and Klune-v with 42's and a 351 no problems yet.
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Old 06-17-2004, 08:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I am curious to what gears you guys were running that had problems with in the 300. I just finished building my 300 but, didn't do gears because I don't need that much low range. My slushy takes care of it.

I personally like the 300 over the 205 because it is smaller, shorter, and lighter. For my buggy, that worked out better. I have no doubt that it will take anything I am going to give it with a slushy in front of it.
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nothing beats a free case but the 205 aside from its crappy low, is 1 big bastard of a case! The 300 will provide for better angles, seems like youl spend the least cash just throwing the 205 in right now, that is if your in a rush. Otherwise id have to agree wit the above, go atlas.
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sell the 300, postpone beadlocks and go doubler. Th 400 to 203 adapters are cheap.
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