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which is the best overall tc

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by aduff85k5, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. aduff85k5

    aduff85k5 Registered Member

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    i've got a np 208 at this time was wondering if the best one is the np 205. (for my year truck (85)).
     
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    It all depends on what your setup is and how you drive your rig offroad. I run an NP208 in my K5. The lowrange is better then a NP205's but my tcase is not as strong. I have a mild 350 motor with TPI fuel injecton, 4.56 gears, lockers, 35" MTR's, and I rock crawl it. I have only broken my NP208 once and that was my fault, not the tcase's.

    What is your setup and how do you drive? I say in most every case run it till you break it. I like my 208 and won't waste the time or money to upgrade to an NP205. It will hurt my crawl ratio that I need for rock crawling, and it will cause my tranny life to suffer more then it already does which I can't afford.

    Harley
     
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    I like my 208 but I would like to get a 241 just for the fact that they have a better oiling system than a 208 and you can get SYE kits for them easy.
     
  4. aduff85k5

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    yea i was just wanted to know. right now the truck dosent go anywhere as it is awating the front drive axle to be regeared. but i live in fl and we dont see too much in the way of rocks here. is there supposed to be a little or a lot of fluid that comes out of the tc when the slip yoke is taken out? what kind of fluid do i put back in and where is the port to replace the fluid???
     
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    what is an sye
     
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    may be a slip yoke extension? ohhhh or is it a slip yoke elimination, and can't i get a sye for a 208?
     
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    slip yoke eliminator. None exist for the 208. You can use a non slip yoke part from a dodge case but they are not common. 241 is the best if you aren't gonna beat the living crap out of the rig. If you are then in my opinion a doubler or atlas. Get the strength of a 205 with good low range with the doubler(what I'm doing).
     
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    I'll vote 205, a simple and durable design.
     
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    I second that ,the 205 is the only part I've never broke in all the years...:D
     
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    Had a 208 in my 81. When I dropped my rear driveshaft I lost the fluid in the xfer case due to the slip yoke... So now I preffer non slip yokes. But the 208 is decent if you can't see yourself putting a doubler 205/203 combo together. that's bullet proof and by FAR outcrawls a 208. just my $0.02 worth
     
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    I am running a 208, the 241 will bolt right in place correct? are there 241s without the electronic speedo? I would eventually like a 241 with SYE and was just wondering. A doubler would be cool but I wont have any larger tires then 35s and thats alot of weight when I will have plenty of power to spin my tires over in Hi anyway.
     
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    241 will bolt up in almost all ways. Same pattern at the adapter, same driveshaft setup. Breathers are usually a little different. Biggest thing is that the shifter setup is different. Best bet is to take the shifter arm from the 241 and just replace the 208 one. If thats not an option, you can cut and rotate the end of the shifter arm. The 208 and 241 are about 90* different when it comes to the shifter arm moutning slot.
     
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    Yes but im more worried about my Speedo, are their non electronic speedo 241s?
     
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    I seem to do ok with my 208. I run with 4 guys with doublers and I can crawl just as well as any of them can. They may have stronger cases and more gear splitting options, but when it comes to flat out crawl I can hang just fine with there doublers. It would be nice to have a doubler but I don't have an extra $2000+ laying around. :waytogo:
     
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    Find one out of a 89 blazer or burb. They switched to the electronic speedo in 90

     
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    I'm very happy with my 241, but I definitely want a SYE for it, eventually. For a guy who isn't planing on running the Rubicon or climbing a cliff in 4lo, the 241 is a great TC. The 2.72 low range beats the 203, 205 and 208. I have heard a lot of guys bash the 241 because it wont take a whack from a rock too well. One word: skid plate.


    Just my .02
     
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    Yeah, there are mechanical speedo drive 241's to be had. I had one in my '95 Dodge.
     
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    Who sells the SYE for a 241?
     
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