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PIGDOG
03-29-2007, 01:28 AM
Hey I'm new here. I'm wanting opinions on 208's. Obviously they're not as strong as a 205. I like the reduction and weight. I've already got a custom crossmember / skid plate and have a spare case to swap in if something goes wrong.I'm looking at this. http://www.4xshaft.com/SYE/208TransferCaseGMDesign-32Spline.html
Is this a big waste of money that I'll regret buying?
Anybody actually wrecked a 208 without smashing it on the rocks or breaking the case due to chain slap?

tenpack
03-29-2007, 07:48 AM
Im running a strong small block, 37's and an auto and its held up fine. They are decently strong tcases.

Kinslayer
03-29-2007, 08:35 AM
Yeah, they have pretty decent reduction, what is it, 2.3:1? something like that. Where as the 205 is only like..1.9:1 or close enough.


Oh, I have one i'm gonna be pulling out if you are interested.

brothergrimms
03-29-2007, 05:08 PM
make sure you put the bar on from the trans to t-case ran one for 15 years never let me down once small block and big block their 2;72;1.[cheers]

ottoman
03-29-2007, 10:38 PM
as long as you are not running huge horsepower they are fine

PIGDOG
03-30-2007, 01:17 AM
make sure you put the bar on from the trans to t-case ran one for 15 years never let me down once small block and big block their 2;72;1.[cheers]

:dontknow: What bar?

Jeep Victim
03-30-2007, 06:48 AM
Had one ina' 86 fullsize long box with a built 400 sm.block.Didn't have the money to gear the diffs properly at the time so had to be a bit heavy on the stupid pedal to go where everyone else was going,never had a problem with it ever.Had a 700r4 tranny with a shift kit,so between the LO 1st gear in the 700 and the 4lo in the 208 it crawled pretty good.

tenpack
03-30-2007, 07:15 AM
There is a support bar from the motor mounts that does down like a header that bolts to the outer pass. side of the tcase w/ 2 larger bolts. Make sure they are tight, mine are both stripped out. I can get pics if needed.

PIGDOG
03-30-2007, 08:06 AM
A pic would be cool. Mabe it's an automatic thing. I have two 465 208's and neithe rof them have anything like that.Sounds like a good idea. Mabe I should hunt one down.

barracuda
03-30-2007, 09:41 AM
The 208 is a pretty strong tcase but it is not very impact resistant. The ratio is 2.61 as oppossed to the1.96 of a 205 which is a pretty big difference


Transfer Case Type & Low Ratios:

Model Mode Drive Low Ratio
NP203 Full-Time Chain Drive 2.00:1
NP205 Part-Time Gear Drive 1.96:1
NP207 Part-Time Chain Drive 2.61:1
NP208 Part-Time Chain Drive 2.61:1
NP219 Part-time/Full-Time Chain Drive 2.61:1
NP228 Part-Time Chain Drive 2.62:1
NP229 Part-Time/Full-Time Chain Drive 2.62:1
NP231 Part-Time Chain Drive 2.72:1
NP241 Part-Time Chain Drive 2.72:1
NP242 Part-Time/Full-Time Chain Drive 2.72:1
BW1305 Full-Time Chain Drive 2.57:1
BW1345 Part-Time Chain Drive 2.74:1
BW1350 Part-Time Chain Drive 2.48:1
BW1354 Part-Time Chain Drive 2.48:1
BW1356 Part-Time Chain Drive 2.69:1
BW1370 Part-Time Chain Drive 2.69:1
BW4404 All-Wheel Drive Chain Drive ?
BW4405 ? Chain Drive ?
Dana 18 Part-Time Gear Drive 2.46:1
Dana 20 Part-Time Gear Drive 2.46:1
Dana 24 Part-Time Gear Drive 1.86:1
Dana 300 Part-Time Gear Drive 2.62:1
Spicer 20 Part-Time Gear Drive 2.03:1

Kinslayer
03-30-2007, 10:15 AM
The 208 is a pretty strong tcase but it is not very impact resistant. The ratio is 2.61 as oppossed to the1.96 of a 205 which is a pretty big difference


Yeah, what that chart doesn't say is that is an aluminum case. So like you said, not very impact resistant.

Most guys go for the 205 because it's bulletproof - cast+gear driven+part time 4x. The reduction isn't so hot, but that's why you put it behind a tranny that has good reduction - IE sm465 with it's 6.55:1 reduction, or an SM420 with it's 7.05:1 reduction. First gears anyway.

brothergrimms
03-30-2007, 02:31 PM
forgot the switch over years that they dont tell you about their barccuba put gears in from 241 to 208 on chevy i know about have one [cheers]