I haven't been around too much. My jeep has been parked in my back yard since September of last year because I finally killed the BA10. My rig has 85,000 miles on it so I figure I did pretty good. Let me start by saying I have no money to do this. I just put some dollars in the the girl last year on a 4" lift, new drive shaft u-joints, new cold air intake, new wheels, new tires. I'll get some pictures up at some point so you can see what I'm working on. I have been seeing AX15's on craigslist here locally for $400. I figured even if I bought one for that I wouldn't know what kind of shape its in and would probably have to rebuild it anyway. So I found one that had the input shaft damaged for $60. For $60 I decided I'd take the risk to tear it apart and see if it looked like something I could put back together. I found a AX15 rebuild manual on line and found Moses Ludel's site which does a great job on a rebuild to help me out. I bought a used Harbor Freight 12 ton press for $70 here I go.
I got lucky last week and found a guy here in town that sold me another AX15 that I could get the input shaft out of. He also threw in:
external slave bell housing
a used NP231 to scavenge the 23 spline input gear
All for $200. That was a great find. That was over $600 in parts right there. I am probably stupid, but being on the cheap I am only going to replace parts I have inspected and measured and know are worn. The sealed bearings rarely go bad on these. All the needle bearings look brand new, no discoloration, no wear marks, all gears look great. Just to make sure I took all the parts to a local shop and the owner concurred that the original tranny was in good shape, so I am basically replacing the synchros only. Everything else will be built from the known good parts of the two trannys I have. I should also mention that both trannys needed a new counter gear. The original tranny was sheered at 5th gear and the donor tranny had reverse gear all chewed up. This place had great prices on parts, so I ordered the counter gear from them:
So far here is what I have ordered and what I have in to it:
Original AX 15 $60
Bearing Press $70
Bearing puller $50
Donor AX 15 and other parts I listed above $200
Counter shaft gear $140
Pilot bearing, Seals, throw out bearing, shift fork, Rockauto.com $80
Master and slave ebay $50
Total so far $700. Can I really do this for under $1000? We will see.
Wow, what am I forgetting?