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Could I have a NP208?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by RustBuket, Sep 30, 2003.

  1. RustBuket

    RustBuket 1/2 ton status

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    I have an '81 Blazer and I orginally thought it was a 205 but now after looking at some pics I'm wondering if its a 208. I read that 208's were introduced in 81. My pattern says 2hi 4hi, 4lo so I know its not the 203 but it has a rear slip joint so doesn't that mean its a 208? If not, how do I tell?
     
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    Is the shift pattern straight? If so it's a 205 or 203. If it has a dogleg in it then it's a 208 or 241. My 241 shift pattern is. There is also a large plastic bezel for the 208 or 241 with a gear indicator next to the shifter.

    2H
    4H
    N
    4L Have to move the lever to the right then back for low range.
     
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    If the T-case is aluminum then it is either a NP208 or NP241.
     
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    Well its either a 208 or a 241. How do I tell between the two? I'm just intrested to know how strong my case is. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    Mine has a tag on it, but otherthan that I'm not sure on differences.
     
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    If its a 81 and its stock its probably a 208.. The 241 came out in 86 or 87 but I know it wasn't around in 81 that's for sure..
     
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    208s have a straight shift pattern as well. Well at least my ford one does. The one way i know how to tell is if it has an aluminum case. The 205 will be steel.
     
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    Chevy 208 sure doesn't have a straight pattern. It looks like this:

    2H
    4H
    >>>>>>N
    >>>>>>4L
     
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    The shift pattern for the case is still straight on the Chevy's 208 (and I assume the 241), the difference is in the shifter itself...the upper part of the shifter assembly (the stick you grasp) has a plate with the shifter pattern on it (under the boot) and the stick pivots both front and rear and side to side, at it's base. The part that actually goes to the transfercase however is straight front to rear, just like the 205, and I assume the 203.

    I'd guess this was done so you couldn't "accidentally" go further than you intended to. (liability?)
     
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    Well, I'll assume I have a 208 then! How strong are these cases? What are the weak points?
     
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    the housing is prone to crack if u drag it on stuff the other thing is always make sure it has enough fluid , it takes ATF .
     
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    Somehow, My 85K5 has a 241 which I don't think was factory until 88'. I thought I had a 208 because I didn't know the difference but since it is aluminum thats what I just figured until I scraped off the tag and read the ratio, model, and 1989 year.. It was a forest service blazer so maybe that had something to do with it. I am very glad it was switched sometime because correct me if I'm wrong guys but I have heard that the 241 is noticeably stronger than 208 with a lower low range(thats a fact) and a better oiling system. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Still for smallblock power and 35's or smaller a 208 should be fine unless gound clearence is an issue and don't hit it on a rock!...it can crack!
     
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    I think i told ya that last month dude when you & most every body was saying you had a 205
    and there ok as stated what kind of wheeling are ya doing
    - and setup do ya plan on running ???
     

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