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post #1 of 26 Old 10-26-2011, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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Question 5-Speed Manual Trans for 5.9 Magnum?Whats needed?

Well I am trying to get some info for a friend of mine.
He has a 1st gen Dakota that he is building a 5.9L Magnum. He wants to put a manual transmission in it though.
My question is what transmission should bolt right up?
I heard that the 5-speeds from Dakota's will not work. Is that true?
He has a 5-speed manual trans he pulled out of a 3.9L Dakota in the past.
We are wondering if there is anyway to make that work with the 5.9?
If that doesn't work what should we start looking for?
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if its the nv3500 it'll work i believe, i wouldnt try it with the older ax15 trans
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if its the nv3500 it'll work i believe, i wouldnt try it with the older ax15 trans
He has the AX15 Trans .

So the options are NV3500? Anything else?

What can they be found in?


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i believe the ax15 will bolt up i just doubt it'll handle the 360s power especially if its not stock
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Got to Car-part.com select usa, southwest region, 1994 dakota, transmission and pick 4x2 318 from the menu and you will find 2 in texas. These should be the nv3500. Appears that 94-96 are the same and then 97 up is the same, my guess is the sensors are different between the years.
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I'm sure some Rams came with the 360/5-speed combo. I'm not sure if they are NV3500s. New Venture also built the 4500, but that may have been for the V10 & Cummins.

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I'm sure some Rams came with the 360/5-speed combo. I'm not sure if they are NV3500s. New Venture also built the 4500, but that may have been for the V10 & Cummins.
i believe the 360 had the 4500
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So will a transmission from a 318 work on a 360?


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Yes just use a 360 flywheel from a 94 1500 ram. Or a 3/4 ton ram eith gas engine and manual trans. Its the same.
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if its the nv3500 it'll work i believe, i wouldnt try it with the older ax15 trans
The Magnum 3.9, 5.2, 5.9 engines and the 3.7, 4.7, 5.7, 6.1 engines all have the same bell housing pattern. The any tranny that fits one of them will bolt up to any of the other ones. For the 5.9 engine you'll need an externally balanced flywheel.

Tranny strength is an item you'll need to settle - just because it'll bolt up doesn't mean it will hold up. There have been a number of people running an NV3500 behind TC'ed and SC'ed 4.7s, and even behind a 5.9 with good results.

Do some searching on Jeep forums. Some guys are putting out much more than stock power through their trannies. The AX-15 put behind the 4.0 engine is the same AX-15 used on Dodge 3.9 and 5.2 trucks. Of course, with a different bell housing.

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The Magnum 3.9, 5.2, 5.9 engines and the 3.7, 4.7, 5.7, 6.1 engines all have the same bell housing pattern. The any tranny that fits one of them will bolt up to any of the other ones. For the 5.9 engine you'll need an externally balanced flywheel.

Tranny strength is an item you'll need to settle - just because it'll bolt up doesn't mean it will hold up. There have been a number of people running an NV3500 behind TC'ed and SC'ed 4.7s, and even behind a 5.9 with good results.

Do some searching on Jeep forums. Some guys are putting out much more than stock power through their trannies. The AX-15 put behind the 4.0 engine is the same AX-15 used on Dodge 3.9 and 5.2 trucks. Of course, with a different bell housing.
read my 2nd post i said i believe it'll bolt up but i didnt think it'd hold up to a modded 360s power
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[porksoda;2864316]He has the AX15 Trans .

So the options are NV3500? Anything else?

What can they be found in?[/QUOTE]

3.9 rams actually had NV3500's too. That's what I got mine out of.
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Don't I need to stick 2 a 2wd tranny if am swapping into a 2wd, and same for 4x4 of does it matter?

Also what years of Nv3500 would work on a 93?

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How do I tell the difference? Or are there specific years and models I need to look for?
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