Awe heck you got lots of time!
I'm assuming it's an AW4, and as such: if it ain't broke: don't fix it. Those transmissions are beefy. I wish I had one.Now the real question is how far do I want to go down the rabbit hole? The trans mount is out, I need to reseal the tcase and the trans has 200,000miles on it. Do I want to rebuild? Do I want to even touch it?
Unless it's really a PITA to work around: I'd leave it in there. You'll be able to manuever it with a floor jack and slightly loosened motor mounts if you need to to get access to the new shifter and linkage. The only reason I might consider thre torque converter is if it had been displaying problems.Do I want to remove it from the jeep so I can work on the unibody and floors unimpaired (welding, grinding, degreasing and painting/recoating)? Do I want to replace the torque converter? Keep in mind I am installing a RADesigns shifter.
Well if your already in there.....I think the tcase is a little sloppy so a beefier chain setup wouldnt be a bad thing, esp since im opening it up to reseal it.
It sounds like the only real issue you have here are some studs and the mount needing to be replaced. Unless there is a ton of cancer growing on there, I'd stick with it or fab your own. You have the tools and the talent. It's just about winter time and the wheeling gets more scarce.After all that, do I want to put the stock crossmember back? Or do I want to beef is up (no good way to really do that)? Or do I want to replace it with a $250 mount/skid from StinkyFab or somewhere else?
What t the hell do I know: Just empty every pocket! Invest in several cases of Grain Belt while your at it.My head is spinning and my wallet is hiding. What say you?
Fun fact, I recently won 3 cases of Grainbelt in a contest they are doing!What t the hell do I know: Just empty every pocket! Invest in several cases of Grain Belt while your at it.