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Old 11-07-2009, 11:29 AM
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Did Offroad Solutions & Downey Offroad go out of business?
I noticed Marlin Crawler sell transmissions, but they seem awful pricey? Anyone bought one of these from Marlin? W56
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:46 AM
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downey is gone.
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:40 PM
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Offroad Solutions has been gone since last fall or this spring I believe.
If you looked at the rebuild kits for the different W56, you will see a price from about 450-650 just for the good Japanese parts(bearings, seals, snycro's, etc). I am sure there are cheaper kits for the rebuild. but you get what you pay for.
Several of us did recommend that you have the rebuilt done with japanese parts.
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Old 11-07-2009, 01:35 PM
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Several of us have Marlin transfer cases. Dean Baranski has a Marlin L52HD in his 1980 pickup. Marlin isn't the cheapest option but he's a major asset to the mini truck world and has forgotten more about Toyota trannys and xfer cases than probably everyone else in the world ever knew.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:29 PM
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When I did the R151 rebuild for the 4x4Wire article, I used a rebuild kit that cost $220. Seemed reasonable, and used Koyo and Nachi bearings.

Then I saw Marlin's rebuild kit prices and about dropped my jaw. So I called around: the prices have definitely gone up. I think you could shop around and find a better price on the kit though.

If you have Marlin rebuild your W56 be sure to ask him to replace all bearings, needed or not.
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