Borg Warner T18 & T19 Transmissions
Jeep Models 207, 231, 242, 249, 241J & 241OR Transfer Cases
Our T18 to the Jeep New Process (or New Venture) transfer cases conversion makes for an absolutely strong and capable assembly both on-road and off-road, and it remains one of our preferred manual transmission to transfer case combinations.
The Novak T18 / T19 to Jeep NP / NVG transfer cases adapter is very compact at only 3.2" long for a combined transmission and adapter length of 15.2". The adapter itself is cast and machined of a high-grade aluminum alloy, featuring thick flanges, a heavy cross-section and strength-adding gussets.
T18 / T19 Versions
Any versions (Ford, Jeep, IH - 2wd or 4wd) and year of the Borg Warner can be adapted to these transfer cases.
Many of these conversions are for the YJ Jeeps, in which the T18 / T19 is a terrific match. Even earlier Jeeps that are being retrofitted with the NP231 or similar later transfer cases accept the SM465 well. However, TJ and XJ Jeeps with their significant dash consoles may pose an inteference problem with the SM465's shifter and top tower. The Borg Warner is a shorter and taller transmission than factory options in these later Jeeps. Individuals should be aware of this caveat.
Transmission Mainshaft Replacement
This T18 / T19 conversion kit comes with a new output shaft to be installed in your Borg-Warner transmission that was originally a 2wd or 4wd version - either works equally well. The Novak mainshaft is of a premium alloy steel, precision splined and specially hardened for strength and against wear, providing a superior interchange. This shaft connects the transmission output directly into the existing 21 or 23 spline NP / NVG input gear for the strongest connection. Transfer case disassembly is not typically required. However, please note our 21 vs. 23 spline discussion below and its warranty caveat.
Mainshaft replacement is largely straightforward. Good work is within easy reach of the careful home mechanic and instructions are included. We also recommend our basic gasket & seal kit, or our all-inclusive master rebuild kit, depending on your assessment of your transmission's condition. See our T18 parts page for information on these items.
Transfer Case Input Gears
||New Process input gears come in varying spline counts and lengths. Whichever you have, we've got you covered.
A seal spacer sleeve (image, below) is included and pre-installed in your Novak adapter in the event your transfer case has a short input gear.
|21 vs. 23 splines
We're often asked about whether the 21 spline style connection is strong enough, vis a vis the 23 spline version. In most situtations, 21 splines will be adequate.
This is due to the fact that we don't use friction welding on our shafts, and that much of the punishing torque multiplication takes place within the transfer case low range, which occurs after the input portion of the transfer case.
However, we have seen limited instances where 21 spline shafts have failed where 23 would not have. As such, our parts warranty extends only to our 23 spline version shaft.
If you are certain that you must have maximum strength, then you may purchase from us a 23 spline input gear for your NP2xx in conjunction with the 23 spline version of our kit. However, this may not be money best spent in some situations.
Transmission Rear Mount
This transfer case adapter's design is based on Novak's Universal Series adapters that feature a modular mounting and support system. Included with the adapter kit is a steel base that is a highly configurable mounting foot, and is ready to accept our industry standard urethane isolator mount, available for purchase (below). This is our preferred rear mount unit. Our kit is designed for it, and its usage is essential to protect powertrain components from the flex and jar typical of any automobile, but especially Jeeps.
Whether you are assembling onto a stock cross member / skidpan or if you are setting up a high-clearance skid plate, you will find it to be a clean and simple process.
Engine Crank to Transmission Pilot Bushing
Many manual transmissions will be married to stock as well as conversion engines, and a custom pilot bushing will be required in many instances. Some common choices with the T18 / T19 transmissions are listed below:
[+] Bushing, pilot, AMC engine cranks to Ford T18
[+] Bushing, pilot, GM engine cranks to Ford T18
[+] Bushing, pilot, Ford Small Block, stock
For pilot bushings not listed, see our full collection.
Transfer Case Clocking
Our adapter is clocked optimally for slightly better ground clearance than factory locations, which is actually quite good. The Jeep transfer case belly will sit a fair amount higher than the transmission itself.
|Many of our customers upgrade their NP / NVG shifter while doing the conversion. Our #SK2X makes the conversion easier than it's ever been.|
Transfer Case Shifter
This transmission conversion will allow for the retention of the factory shifters, or allow you to upgrade to the Novak #SK2X shifter assembly for a simpler conversion and a clean shifting, direct linkage system.
Use of the OEM style transmission shifter for the T18 is easily done. The installer may opt to bend the stick to fit the particular Jeep application. We can supply a new, straight stick that replaces the factory unit. This stick can be custom bent to the driver's preference and will sometimes restore a more solid feeling to the shifting of a T18 or T19.
Driveshaft length changes are sometimes required, as this geartrain combination is typically shorter than most factory Jeep combinations. Some potential conversion engine installations sit further ahead than OEM engines in the Jeep's bay and will allow for better driveshaft angles, especially when done with this very short combination.
Some of our customers, fearful at the perceived expense of new or modified driveshafts, attempt to let the existing driveshafts dictate engine, transmission and transfer case location, sometimes to the detriment of the project. Driveshaft modifications are usually inexpensive when performed by driveline, RV or tractor implement specialists. New driveshafts are an option but seldom a requirement in regards to the actual successful conversion. Jeeps that require extensive travel or specialty-built driveshafts have this option available through several fabricators across the nation.
|Novak's MM Series engine mounts, featuring excellent vibration dampening, superior strength and impressive adjustability - adjustable even after the engine is installed.|
Engines & Engine Mounting
A T18 or T19 installation is sometimes done in conjunction with an engine conversion into the Jeep. These engines include the Chevrolet Small Block V6 & V8, from Generations I, II, & III, 1955-2006. Carbureted, TBI and TPI engines are all compatible with this transmission. Ford and various AMC engines are also compatible.
|A turn-key T18 or T18, professionally built, adapted and delivered to your door - ready for a variety of engines and Jeep transfer cases. Read more...|
AMC (258, 4.0L, etc) engines may be left in the factory location in virtually all T18 installations.
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 transmission upgrade.