Chevrolet & GM Standard Shift Bellhousings
Jeep T98 Transmission
as found in Utility Wagons, Trucks & Gladiator Trucks
This kit is for Jeep Wagons & Trucks that were factory equipped with the I6 engines and the Borg-Warner T98. The adapter is 1-3/4 " long.
This kit is used in conjunction with the 1" iron factory adapter plate found in these trucks. See descriptions below for bellhousing options.
For M715 trucks, see our #C715 kit.
Jeep T98's can vary, and some versions require special adapter components. Contact a tech at Novak for further information.
This plate style adapter is cast and machined of a high-grade aluminum alloy, featuring an integrated precision machined bearing retainer. Included are the GM bellhousing locator / throwout sleeve, seal and hardware.
The adapter is easily and quickly installed onto these transmissions and no change of input gear or other transmission internals are required. Cutting the transmission input shaft is not required as the adapter spaces the transmission properly for the GM crank and clutch assembly.
GM bellhousings typically feature either a 4-11/16" rear face bore or a 5-1/8" rear face bore, the latter typically only from Chevy / GM trucks from 1968-1991. Our adapter will work with both. If you are uncertain of your bellhousing bore, choose the 5-1/8" press-on spacer ring that can be used or omitted to cover either situation. The ring is easily returnable for credit if not used in the installer's application.
|The classic Chevrolet bellhousing, with the four-bolt rear pattern. Buick, Olds, Pontiac and other bellhousings with the same rear face are equally compatible.|
If you're using a GM bellhousing that has a 5-1/8" bore, you will require the following sizing ring:
Choosing Your Pilot Bushing
Your pilot bushing choice will depend on your particular GM engine. See our Pilot Bushings page to select this critical component for your conversion.
For GM engines prior to the Gen. III+ Series (LS & Vortec, 1997- present), you will use your GM / Chevrolet flywheel as per factory to your engine, which can be either the 153 tooth version or 168 tooth versions.
If you are using a GM Gen. III+ engine, we strongly recommend the use of our extended height LS / Vortec flywheel to normalize the clutch system. It features 168 teeth and is compatible only with 12" clutches.
|This is the right and recommended GM Gen. III+ flywheel to use to standardize the clutch assembly, and acheive proper clutch geometry and release action.|
This conversion uses readily available clutch components based on GM pressure plates and their geometries.
Whether you choose to use the smaller (10-1/2" to 11") or the larger (12") clutch assembly is your preference. The smaller clutches are generally adequate and offer easy clutch pedal pressure. The larger clutches have more holding power and still have very reasonable pedal pressure when using the diaphram style pressure plate. A more detailed discussion on this topic is available here in Novak's Knowledge Base.
Use a standard GM style pressure plate that matches your particular flywheel, be it the 11" version for 153 tooth flywheels, or the 12" version for 168 tooth flywheels.
If your existing Jeep disc (typically ~11") is in good condition, it can be used between the GM flywheel and pressure plate.
Full Clutch Kit
For a full premium clutch assembly:
Clutch Release System
Both factory mechanical and factory hydraulic clutch release systems can be made fully compatible with this conversion. A more involved discussion of this topic can be read here.
Installers using mechanical releases should use Novak's #RAGM release fork, which features the correct leverage ratio for a GM pressure plate in these Jeeps.
Individuals wishing to use their factory hydraulic master cylinder or who wish to upgrade to a hydraulic system can use Novak's #HCR hydraulic clutch retrofit assembly in conjunction with a master cylinder from a 1980-1986 Jeep CJ (7/8") or 1987-1990 Jeep YJ (3/4"). Custom firewall installation and clutch pedal modification may be required. Select your slave cylinder diameter to match.
|Hydraulic clutch retrofits make for smooth, non-binding and easily adjustable clutch release systems.|
The dwindling number of off-the-shelf release bearings and the bearings provided in the many full clutch kits on the market are, counterintuitively, not always the right length bearings for that particular pressure plate and can cause a clutch that will not fully release due to too short of a bearing, or a burned up bearing when they're too long and constantly riding the fingers.
Novak's fully adjustable release bearing handily solves this concern, and is recommended for this conversion.
|Novak's adjustable GM release bearing is the ultimate answer to setting up an optimal conversion or factory style clutch system.|
Engines & Engine Mounting
The Novak engine mounting system offers the best designs on the market for strength, ease and flexibility of installation. Whether you are installing a classic Small Block, a V6 or a Generation III powerplant, we've got you covered.
In any scenario, it is critical that the engine be installed (as the Jeep engines usually are) with an offset of 1" to 1-1/2" to the driver's side. Other engine mounts on the market - especially the bolt-in versions - do not take this into account and make other placement decisions for the installer that do not take the full powertrain into account. Novak offers what we have found to be the most intelligent engine mounting system for Jeeps available, allowing the installer to make an easy and satisfying decision as to powertrain placement with the new engine, T98 transmission and Dana 20 transfer case all considered.
|Novak's MM Series engine mounts, featuring excellent vibration dampening, superior strength and impressive adjustability - adjustable even after the engine is installed. The design and strength and affordability of our mounts are second to none.|
For your GM engine, we will suggest the use of our KryoFlow high-performance conversion radiators, which are rugged, easy to install and are extremely efficient in cooling in even the most demanding environments.
|Our KryoFlow radiators offer a highly efficient and extremely durable cooling solution for your GM conversion engine.|
Use of factory axles is completely acceptable with this conversion. Axle upgrades are not necessary, but they may be chosen for reasons external to this engine upgrade.
|GM V8 engines, Generation I through Generation III+ are popular choices as are the Chevy V6s. The Buick V6 is also a good choice.|