The 242 will handle more torque as it has a beefier planetary.Originally posted by The Snowman:
<STRONG>I know very little about them, so can anyone tell me which is better and why...the 231 which is in my jeep(YJ) now or the 242 which is in a parts jeep(XJ) that I just bought.</STRONG>
I've heard people rip on the chain drive a lot. I have maybe heard of one or two chain problems with the 231 in the last 6 years.I spent all that money on that 231 and what did I Get still a 231 No more sure that It would not crap out on me !! chain drive = Possible Headache
I disagree. Besides twin-stick and shorter the D300 is a lot stronger in my opinion.Originally posted by ScottN:
<STRONG>I've heard people rip on the chain drive a lot. I have maybe heard of one or two chain problems with the 231 in the last 6 years.
Neither problem was a broken chain, they were stretch issues. I've heard of one or two cases crack on D300 in the same time frame.
Don't get me wrong, I run the D300 and prefer it. My preference is the short length of the case. The 231 and D300 share the same output shaft diameter (stock). The ouput shaft is what I hear people breaking on the 231 and 300's. It you want to talk strength, then I don't see much of an argument between the 231 and 300. If the shaft is the part that usually breaks then they are equal.
If you want to talk length or twin stick then we have a good argument for the D300.</STRONG>
The Price about equaled themself ' Bad Ass Atlas Or Just a 300 well i got the Atlas For Way Less than what they go for and Ain't Complaining !!!!!!!!!Originally posted by JasonTJ:
<STRONG>You can slways put the 300 upside down. tha'ts what I did <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
Ok, I have a '94 ZJ with 5.2L and A/T with a 249. I bought a 242J and it has a 21 spline input shaft. I need a long(there is a long and a short) 23 spline input shaft. I guy on the phone says he has it for $199. But you seem to hint here that a input shaft from a 231 would fit in a 242, I was told by one guy that that would not work! It I can put the 231 input into the 242, then I can get it alot cheaper than $199.Originally posted by Jacobs:
<STRONG>Uh-uh. 242's and 231's use the same planetary. Both run 3 planets and the input spline wavers between 21 or 23 splines.
The differential assembly in 242's that gives you the full-time option is problematic with hard core wheelin'. Pins 231 all the way- if you like aluminum cases!
Yes you can...Ford Bronco D20. The Jeep D20's are passenger drop <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">Originally posted by coyote11:
<STRONG>I don't know why nobody has said it yet, but if you want driverside drop, can you not put in a Dana 20? Not the Jeep ones cause they suck (no offense), get the Ford ones bet low gear, pretty darn strong too.</STRONG>