The Novak Guide to the
Peugeot BA10/5 Transmission
The Peugeot BA10/5 transmission is a five-speed, overdriven, light-duty, passenger car transmission used by AMC Jeep from 1987 until mid-1989 in the YJ Wrangler, XJ Cherokee and MJ Commanche with the AMC 258 & 4.0L I6.
The 10/5 transmission had a poor record for durability and service, and consequently had the distinction of being the transmission with the shortest production run in Jeep history. It was gradually replaced by the AX15 during the 1988 model year.
The BA10 as found in Jeeps is 16-7/8" long. Its case is split longitudinally down the center. Its case and tailhousing are made of cast aluminum and its shift control is located in the rear portion of the transmission. The BA10/5 bellhousing mounting face has five mounting studs and two dowel pins for alignment.
In terms of identification numbers, it may have a "SIMI" and "3.283..." cast into the front and side of the case.
Part numbers for the BA10/5 may include: 53002035, 53002838, 53003234, 53005248, 53005251, 53005252, 53005451, 53005453, 53005454.
|Gear ratios for the BA10/5 are: 3.39, 2.33, 1.44, 1.00, 0.79, for first through fifth gears, respectively.|
The BA10/5 is a laterally loaded and assembled transmission. It has an 1-1/8", 10 spline input shaft. It will most likely feature 21 splines on its output shaft, though we have heard limited accounts of later units possibly having 23 splines.
The BA10/5 was only offered in Jeeps with the internal, integrated hydraulic slave cylinder throwout bearing, which were also notoriously problematic.
Transfer Case Adaptability
This transmission natively mates to the Jeep New Process style transfer cases. It came married to the NP207 and NP231 transfer cases. It is generally not compatible with nor likely worth adapting to other transfer cases.
Engine Compatibility and Adaptability
The Jeep BA10/5 was found against the AMC 258 I6 in the YJ Jeep and behind the 4.0L in the XJ / MJ. It has a unique front bolt pattern that is not a match to any other Jeep bellhousing or transmission.
|The BA10 was found in Peugeot 504, 505, 604 cars. It may have delivered reasonable longevity in these platforms, but the demands of a Jeep truck are based more on torque than horsepower.
Interestingly, the version of the BA10/5 that was found in Jeeps had a higher first gear than the car versions.
Because of the transmission's weak service record behind even stock Jeep powerplants, we do not offer any conversion to GM V6 or V8 power. This is essentially a small car transmission in a truck. The customer's efforts and funds are best spent converting to a stronger transmission during the engine upgrade. This is not a difficult thing at all and these details are discussed in the following articles:
In the throes of their financial decline in the mid-to-late eighties, AMC Jeep was in the unenviable position of purchasing transmissions on extremely tight budgets. The BA10/5 and its associated problems were a consequence of these realities.
While it is possible to rebuild a BA10/5, the general weakness of the hard parts and the tendency of the case to stretch (which results in gears not meshing as designed to) make this prospect less logical. It is possible and recommended to upgrade to a more durable transmission. Some suggestions include:
|SM420 (*)||SM465 (*)||Ford T18 (**)||Ford NP435 (**)||AX15 (***)|
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