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Old February 16th, 2015, 05:20 AM
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Hello everyone.. I have just started on a new project on my 110. Im doing a whole restoration inside out, upgrading suspensions, and installing an American v8 engine. My question is -1- what engine (I'm looking for both power & torque) -2- what transmission (manual) -3- what transfer case -4- and finally what deferential
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Old February 16th, 2015, 07:14 AM
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Any v8 can work... especially in a 110... a ford 302, chevy(junk) will work, transmissions why manual? if manual you can run an NP435 4 speed, ford, chevy and dodge used them, they have a really good ratio for trucks (ford 1st gear ratio is 6.6). transfer case wise the NP435 was commonly mated to the NP205 which is gear to gear and super strong but only has a 2:1 low range ratio...
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Old February 16th, 2015, 10:38 AM
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If you're budget is astronomical, and you have time, then there are plenty of options. I'm curious to see what ideas people throw out here, as I am considering the same type of conversion.

Most people use the LT230 and work forward using adapters from Marks or Advanced Adapters.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 10:41 AM
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One of the largest threads on the board dedicated to Nick's LS motor conversion:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=51290
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Old February 16th, 2015, 10:50 AM
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One of the largest threads on the board dedicated to Nick's LS motor conversion:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=51290
I'm interested in the manual transmission ideas. IIRC, Nick (and pretty much everyone else who has done an LS or GM small block conversion) has used an automatic. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 10:52 AM
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No, you are right that it's an auto... but it has paddle shifting if you want it, and having driven it I can tell you it's awesome.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 11:08 AM
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No, you are right that it's an auto... but it has paddle shifting if you want it, and having driven it I can tell you it's awesome.
That sounds freaking awesome. I'd sill rather have a stick for offroading and less complexity though.

Through my search, the only manual transmission to LT230 adapter I can find is for a SM465 (Muncie 4-speed, no overdrive). If I'm dropping in a small block, and keeping my 1.4 LT230, I'd prefer a 5-speed(or 6!) w/overdrive, like a Tremec TKO-500/600. It's just too bad the only 5-speed w/OD transmission that fits with an adapter from Marks or Advanced is the R380. These aren't easy to find in the US to fit a Defender, and the price isn't usually pleasant either. Nor is the R380 near as strong as those like the Tremec.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 11:19 AM
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Kent...drive an autobox on the trails and you may change your opinion.


Personally I love the manual, and would prefer it. But there are several situations where the auto can't be beat.
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Pretty sure there was speculation about Nicks adapter working with a stick in that thread.

I am a fan of the automatic and cut my teeth on a stick off-road but the auto just seems so much easier and smooth and lets face it what percentage of 4x4's life is really spent off-road.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 11:23 AM
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Nicks adapter will work with an NV4500 if you want to a stick.. last i checked he had a complete motor, trans and adapter setup avail for sale.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 11:25 AM
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I don't know, I guess part of me is really old school. I hate to see manuals dying... Something about being more connected to your machine as a driver. Maybe I'm a sucker for doing things the hard way?
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I don't know, I guess part of me is really old school. I hate to see manuals dying... Something about being more connected to your machine as a driver. Maybe I'm a sucker for doing things the hard way?
I'm installing a NV4500 & Behemoth crawler box behind my 5.3 Vortec, I'm documenting it in the Gen III thread here :
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ighlight=gen+3

You can see more of my 100" build here :
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ighlight=gen+3

Custom LHD dash here :
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=42326

And finally 609 axle discussion here :
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ighlight=gen+3

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Old February 16th, 2015, 12:57 PM
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I'm really loving the 6.0 gen 4 LT engine which I'm aiming to purchase. My second choice will be the 5.3.. I'm also thinking of the NV4500, I have read a lot of reviews on this transmission and learned that it's one of the toughest manual transmission. I guess the LT230 is tough enough so no problems there.. For the axels I'm thinking of the dynatrac pro60....
Any thoughts??
The car will be used strictly in the desert so I'm looking for high power and tough parts..
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Old February 16th, 2015, 12:59 PM
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I used to be a manual-only off roader. After having a TH400 in my crawler, I would never go back to a manual.
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I used to be a manual-only off roader. After having a TH400 in my crawler, I would never go back to a manual.
Which engine, and transfer case gear ratio? How are your highway rpms?
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Which engine, and transfer case gear ratio? How are your highway rpms?
Note, if you put a TH400 in a D90/110 with the engine on it's stock mounts it'll push the t'case back off it's stock mounting location. Pic's in the Gen IV thread I think. However, one of the nice options on the TH400 is the reverse pattern full manual valve body conversion you can do. Makes a great crawler box then
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Which engine, and transfer case gear ratio? How are your highway rpms?
It's not street legal. 42" sticky GY MTR, 5.13's, Atlas II with 3.8:1 low range, GM LQ4 6.0L. No tach, or speedo, so I couldn't tell you what the RPM's are at highway speeds. It's purely a crawler.

My 110 project will be getting the L99/^L80E (2014 Camaro 6.2L) conversion with 3.54's and 33" tires though. Most likely switch to the 1.22:1 high range from a D1. I made a complete spreadsheet for gear calcs. Theoretically, I should be about 2000 RPM @ 70 mph in 6th gear.
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It's not street legal. 42" sticky GY MTR, 5.13's, Atlas II with 3.8:1 low range, GM LQ4 6.0L. No tach, or speedo, so I couldn't tell you what the RPM's are at highway speeds. It's purely a crawler.

My 110 project will be getting the L99/4L80E (2014 Camaro 6.2L) conversion with 3.54's and 33" tires though. Most likely switch to the 1.22:1 high range from a D1. I made a complete spreadsheet for gear calcs. Theoretically, I should be about 2000 RPM @ 70 mph in 6th gear.

Makes a world of difference if youre going for multi-use application, like I am. New Camaro has 4L80E?

Is OP's truck strictly for running in the desert? Or will you need it to cruise down the interstate to and from the dunes?
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Sorry, 6L80E. I'll fix it.
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Ok, so I'm going with a 2013 Denali gmc engine, 6.2 mated to an NV4500 (5speed manual transmission) adapted to the transfer case by (Nicks adapters). Upgraded the front and rear axels and deferentials from Ashcroft.
Work is going slow but moving, will keep you enthusiast ls swappers updated

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