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Old 03-06-2002, 11:49 AM   #1
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NP205 vs NP203

Okay so my cousin lost the brakes on the '72 and headed into a guardrail on the Cross Bronx Expressway. He bent the chassis and cracked the transmission and transfercase. The chassis is being fixed right now.
I can get an NP203 out of a '79 blazer at a reasonable cost - is the NP203 better or worse than the NP205? Is it longer/shorter? Same side drop? Advantages/disadvantages?
Does anyone have an NP205 for sale at a reasonable price near NYC?
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Old 03-06-2002, 12:23 PM
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Re: NP205 vs NP203

The 203 is not quite as strong as a 205 because the 203 is chain drive and the 205 is gear drive. The 203 is also a full-time 4WD case unless it has been converted to part-time. It is also a bit longer than a 205 but the front output is close to where the 205 is (because the 203 has a diff in it). If it is a Chevy the drop will be on the correct side.
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Old 03-06-2002, 02:10 PM
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Re: NP205 vs NP203

How's the 208? I may be able to get a t400 - NP208 setup.
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Old 03-06-2002, 04:07 PM
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Re: NP205 vs NP203

the 208 has a lower lo range than the 205 or 203 (I think 2.8 : 1). It is an aluminum case and they usually do fine as long as they have a skid to protect them (if droping the t-case on rocks is something you would do). They arn't as strong as a 205 (almost nothing is!) but are lighter and have a good lo range.
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Old 03-09-2002, 03:58 PM
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Re: NP205 vs NP203

sorry but this is slightly off topic, but what exactly do you mean by full time 4x4, the same full time 4wd like a subaru for instance? thanks, I am just a little foggy on what you mean.
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Old 03-09-2002, 04:21 PM
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Re: NP205 vs NP203

203 t.case is a fulltime chain driven unit..without manual lockouts you have 4wheel drive all the time,with manual lockouts in the free position you wont have 4 wheel drive but your front driveshaft will still spin sending power to front axle..there's a part time conversion kit you can purchase to switch this from full time to part time..the 205 case is the highly desirable part time gear driven case and you'd be better off going this way.
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Old 03-09-2002, 04:44 PM
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Re: NP205 vs NP203

What were they ever thinking making it full time 4wd? So with the manual lockouts in place, how much would the conversion kit cost to switch this from full to part time 4wd?

oh yea, what years had this full time 4wd?

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Re: NP205 vs NP203

Hey trigad, your full of [censored]. I have a a 203 and so does my brother. They aren't full time.

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Old 03-10-2002, 03:39 AM
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Re: NP205 vs NP203

But they were from the factory!
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Old 03-10-2002, 04:17 AM
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Re: NP205 vs NP203

Why is the word knowledge censored???? Dan is right 100%, a NP203 out of a chevy is a FULL TIME 4X4 t-case. ALL came from chevy with FULL TIME. as in no hubs, the case had a diff built in to transfer power between the axles until the driver selected the loc positions.
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