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Old October 1st, 2010, 09:41 AM
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LT77 or R380?

I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I couldn't see anything in the archives that directly answered my question.

I'm doing a restoration on a 94 D-90 and need a new gear box. I have an LT77 currently. I'm guessing that Land Rover changed to the R380 because it was better? If so, can I get a reconditioned R380 instead of the LT77, they're about the same price? Is it a simple drop in replacement? Is the bell housing the same, are the linkages the same? Would I need any other parts to convert, or should I stick with the LT77. Thanks.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 09:56 AM
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Some useful info regarding what will fit and what won't

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=16235

You have a window of opportunity for a new one at some great prices:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...7&postcount=32

So I'd get on the list now...

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=27615
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Old October 1st, 2010, 01:27 PM
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The LT77's are a great tranny as long as you aren't limp-wristed or shift with your "Purse Hand". Back in the day we were told to trade out the LT77's for the R380's due to complaints as they were not "Driver Friendly". Very clunky and would lose gears/synchros and hard to shift. The R380 will do the exact same things if not maintained or driven incorrectly for long periods of time. At least the LT77's have a filter you can get to and clean unlike it's counterpart. I have had LT77's,LT85's,LT95's,and R380's over the years and all of them serve a different purpose. The two you speak of are apples and oranges and are both good trannys. If I couldn't get behind the wheel of the one I don't have, just to ginny-pig the difference, then I would go with what I know or cost effectiveness. Good luck and you can always call Rob(Southwest Rovers) or Bill(GBR) if you wanted something here in the states. Nothing against Dave(Ashcroft) I just like to shop around.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 02:29 PM
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...At least the LT77's have a filter you can get to and clean unlike it's counterpart....
! newbie just learned something there. Time to dig in the manuals. Had no idea.
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