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Old 11-21-2019, 02:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best bang for your buck driver drop tcase

Im starting to look for a Tcase for my build. LJ with SD60 front, 14 rear, 5.13 gears, 500hp ls, th400 and 40's. I got a quote from advance adapters around 3k for an 2 speed atlas trail series. And thats not including shifters or adapters, so add about 600 at least to that price.

Iv done quite a bit of searching but figured I would throw this out there in case I missed something.
It looks like a ford NP205 would be a good option, I can pick one up around here for $100-250 and around another 500-600 for an adapter kit.
Additionally to that I can add a ORD box for another 2k for better gear selection and not have to use an adapter kit.
Is the 205 and ord box the best way to go? Is there something better? This rig will get beat, just seems 3,500 for a tcase is crazy when iv heard a $200 205 is stronger.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont thing a stock 205 is stronger than a atlas. Theyre a out equal.

A ford 205 with the input swaped, redrill the face and take a chunk out of the stock adapter housing will be very strong. Not low geared and very cheap.

A nwf box is close to 1/2 $ of the ord and the same gear ratio.

You can get a big rear out pit for the 205 and be stronger than the atlas. But not as low geared as the atlas can be.
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here would be my considerations in order Cheapness. I think you’ve got the wheel base might as well either go option #2, #4 or #5. No way I’d run first option unless I was out East and needed wheel speed.

Uber cheap 205

Cheapish nwf box/205

Expensive 2 speed atlas

Uber expensive 4 speed atlas

Ballin’ 3 speed twf hero
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Old 11-26-2019, 11:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Run your stock 231 (I assume you don't have a Rubicon 241OR) and use the Advance Adapters Rubicrawler.
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Old 11-27-2019, 04:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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One thing that killed my atlas hopes were how short it made my front driveshaft(Cherokee xj). I would max out the cv on droop. No hesitation going the eco box np 205 route. I got the 205 basically for nothing. Better yet JB cables makes a cable shifter kit for my exact drivetrain.


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Old 11-27-2019, 08:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Run your stock 231 (I assume you don't have a Rubicon 241OR) and use the Advance Adapters Rubicrawler.
Rubicrawler only fits the 42RLE. He is planning on running TH400 like listed in OP.
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Have you considered just a 241C with an SYE?

It won't net you a great crawl ratio, but better than just a 205 and they're plenty strong.
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;Cheapish nwf box/205

/\ This would be my preference. Inexpensive, bulletproof and very flexible.
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