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Old December 20th, 2012, 02:35 PM
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Funny enough my 110 had an r380 but terrible slop. Turns out the input gear was totally stripped. I put in one of the new cross drilled gears and it was all good.

Any details on this low mileage 94?
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Old December 20th, 2012, 02:36 PM
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A good LT77 feels and shifts fine. The R380 is a little smoother, but it is not a big difference.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 04:15 PM
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It would be stupid to not buy a solid truck just because it has the LT77. Are you looking for reasons NOT to buy a truck?

My truck, #48 still has the LT77. Somehow it was never replaced by the original owner, probably because it works fine. If you are a patient driver, it shifts without issue. The same was true with the Porsche 915 gearbox. Patience is rewarded.

No matter how long you look, you're not going to find a Defender that shifts like your Honda Accord.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 04:20 PM
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It would be stupid to not buy a solid truck just because it has the LT77. Are you looking for reasons NOT to buy a truck?

My truck, #48 still has the LT77. Somehow it was never replaced by the original owner, probably because it works fine. If you are a patient driver, it shifts without issue. The same was true with the Porsche 915 gearbox. Patience is rewarded.
Ditto for my #639 (Redline MTL). Guess I need to drive a truck w/ the R380 to see what all the fuss is about.
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My canadian #18 NAS D90 (1994) has the LT77 and it is fine. Never had any significant problems at 179000Kms.
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Are you looking for reasons NOT to buy a truck?
Not at all. I'm simply trying to become an informed buyer.
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Not at all. I'm simply trying to become an informed buyer.

Just don't start being picky, apparently that is frowned upon. Good luck with your search.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 05:53 PM
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Not at all. I'm simply trying to become an informed buyer.
Not targeted at you....

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That said, Matt, other than posting every truck for sale on the continent, a little Horsey search magic may do you some good:

Nearly the exact question about the R380
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=39053

I'm sure there's more, enjoy
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/search.php
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Old December 21st, 2012, 10:52 AM
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I still have an H code LT77 in my truck and love it. I have driven several several R380's and only one shifted nearly as smooth as my LT77 (currently 125K on it). I think it is worth noting that there are more desirable LT77's (such as the H and maybe G code) so take a look at the serial number stamped in the side of the transmission (will be on the RH side behind the bellhousing).

I also really like having reverse and 1st next to each other but I also must admit that I am partial to it because I grew up shifting a Ford toploader 4speed which was the same
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Just don't start being picky, apparently that is frowned upon. Good luck with your search.
Ha! I hear ya!
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Old December 21st, 2012, 11:01 AM
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Jeff, I didn't realize that our badges are 16 numbers apart. Thanks for the tip on the transmission codes. Will check mine and report back.
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Jeff, I didn't realize that our badges are 16 numbers apart. Thanks for the tip on the transmission codes. Will check mine and report back.
You have an LT77 or R380?
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Old December 21st, 2012, 11:05 AM
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You have an LT77 or R380?
LT77 and it shifts fine. No issues.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 11:16 AM
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LT77 and it shifts fine. No issues.
I recommend taking a picture of your serial number after you finish cleaning it off in case you ever need it again!
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