Was there ever a 2wd/manual XL7 or GV?

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Was there ever a 2wd/manual XL7 or GV?
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:54:04 PM »
So I'm trying to think of a relatively easy way to get some lower low-range gears in my XL7, something more like 2.5 or 2.7:1 instead of the factory 1.8:1. I know it is possible to do a doubler but that seems like alot of work compared to just bolting up a 2wd tranny and then running a divorced t-case (similar to a Samurai) off the back of it. I have one of the rare 5-speed manual XL7's and would be stoked if this were an option, but I don't see too many 2wd Zuks out there. Can anyone confirm if there ever was a 2wd/manual GV or XL7?
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Re: Was there ever a 2wd/manual XL7 or GV?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2017, 05:21:02 PM »
Looking at the parts manuals, it would appear that they were made, but, as far as I can tell, it was done by putting a "dummy" transfer case after the transmission, so it probably wouldn't help with your situation.
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Re: Was there ever a 2wd/manual XL7 or GV?
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2017, 04:23:36 AM »
I am not sure about the earlier versions, but the 05+ with the 5 speed auto is an Aisin/Warner A750f transmission, which is used in many Toyota 4z4's.  They use an adapter between transmission and transfer case, which should bolt be able to bolt in place making Toyota TC's usable.   The question is do the Suzuki transmissions have a different output shaft, than the Toyota's?
I have been considering this because the Toyota TC's are 2.25 or 2.5's.
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Re: Was there ever a 2wd/manual XL7 or GV?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2017, 08:29:34 AM »
I own a 2003 GV  2 wheel drive, 5 speed manual.  - so they exist.