GM 4L60-E (later version) Transmission
Jeep Models 207, 231, 242, 249 & 241OR Transfer Cases
Our 4L60-E (including the 4L65 & 4L70) to the Jeep New Process (or New Venture) transfer cases conversion makes for the most refined assembly both on-road and off-road, and has become one of our most popular transmission to transfer case combinations.
The Novak 4L60-E to Jeep NP / NVG transfer cases adapter is very compact at only 3.0" long for a combined transmission and adapter length of 24.5" (equivalent to a 17.5" manual transmission). The adapter itself is cast and machined of a high-grade aluminum alloy, featuring thick flanges, a heavy cross-section and strength-adding gussets.
Any versions (2wd or 4wd) and year of the HydraMatic transmission can be adapted to these transfer cases. There are no inherent advantages to the 2wd vs. 4wd transmission.
These kits are for the hexagonal, six-bolt tailhousing 4L60-E, typically made starting in 1996. Some 1997 and earlier versions have a four-bolt pattern tailhousing and non-removable bellhousing. See our Kit #171 if this describes your transmission.
Transmission Output Shaft Replacement
This #4L61 kit comes with a new output shaft to be installed in your 4L60E transmission that was originally a 2wd or 4wd version - either works equally well. The Novak output shaft 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.
Installation requires disassembly of the transmission for which we recommend the services of a transmission professional, though good work is within reach of the home mechanic. The basic installation is 3-4 hour bench job and may include simple gasket and seal replacements. Some choose this as the time for a more thorough master rebuild and update if necessary.
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.
Vehicle Speed Sensor
The Novak adapter assembly integrates the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) necessary for the operation of the 4L60-E's computer. This greatly simplifies the installation process and eliminates the need for a transfer case range switch circuit and logic, making all GM 2wd and 4wd engines, transmissions and their PCM's great candidates for the installer.
The Jeep speedometer cable or VSS can then be connected to the Jeep speedometer or gauge panel as per factory.
Transmission Rear Mount
This transfer case adapter's design is ready to accept our industry standard urethane isolator mount, available for purchase. 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.
Transfer Case Clocking
Our adapter is clocked optimally for slightly better ground clearance than factory locations, which is actually quite good.
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.
|Many of our customers upgrade their NP / NVG shifter while doing the conversion. Our #SK2X kits make the conversion easier than it's ever been.|
A broad variety of transmission shifters are compatible with this conversion, ranging from console shifters (i.e.; Art Carr, B&M, etc.), to direct-mount stick shifters (i.e.; Gennie, Lokar, etc.).
|The Lokar direct linkage transmission shifter offers a smart method of shift operation, especially for installers replacing a Jeep manual transmission with the automatic where use of the factory console and boot will contribute to a clean installation and a very factory look. Image courtesy of Lokar - TH350 shown. 4L60-E shifter similar.|
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.
For every 10 degrees cooler you can keep the transmission, you can add 25,000 miles to its service life. Therefore, use of a transmission oil cooler is advisable for this automatic transmission. Use of a transmission temperature gauge is also a good idea. These are widely available and generally inexpensive.
With the increase in popularity of the newer, hotter burning, fuel-injected engines, it is increasingly wiser to run a stand-alone, dedicated, transmission fluid cooler.
Engines & Engine Mounting
A 4L60E installation is typically done in conjunction with an Generation III GM engine conversion into the Jeep. These engines include the Chevrolet Small Block V6 & V8, from 1996-2006. Though Gen. III installs are much more prevalent, Gen II and Gen I motors installations are possible but will require the use of a separate transmission computer controller which may add significantly to the expense of the total installation.
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 4L60E and the Jeep transfer case both 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, strength and affordability of our mounts are second to none.|
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.