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post #10 of Old 11-08-2013
MarkSF
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Re: Universal 5424 transmission

Personally I would say the logical choices are between :

Getting a rebuilt HBW 50

Getting a whole new Beta 25 as eherlily already suggested.

If this were a relatively new engine I would say you might benefit from the longer life of a brand new ZF transmission, vs. the rebuilt HBW50.

However, the reality is that the 5424 is limited in remaining life - partly by wear, but mostly by diminishing spares availability. Last time I bought a raw water pump for my 5424, it was $350 - and going up.

So extend your 5424's life in the most economic way possible, or bit the bullet and replace the whole drivetrain.

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