3speed and 4speed transfer case noise (1 Viewer)

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I thought I heard that the 4speed transfer case gears are cut to lower gear whine over the 3speed. Is that true?

Can you simply swap out a 3speed transfer case for a 4speed?

My 71' 3speed transfer case will howl at highway speeds.

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Scott
 
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Chnces are that it is telling you that it needs a new idler gear shaft and bearings.

The 4sp gears are slightly wider, but this only makes them slightly stronger, not necesarily quieter. No, you can't just put a 4sp case on to a 3sp, but you can put the whole 4sp drive train in (from bellhousing, tranny transfer to driveshafts and differential flanges).
 
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Yoh, Pin_Head,

Would that whine be the idler gear shaft from the transmission, the transfer case or both?

IDave
 
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The transfer case idler shaft is the most common source of whine. It can be any bearing/shaft that locates a gear, but these noises in the tranny are often gear specific. My vote for the second most common whine is the 3rd gear main shaft bearing on Toyota 4sp.
 
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I'm sure it isn't me transmission because I'm using a new (well 2 years old now) NV4500 5-speed.

So let me make sure I got this right... The only major differences between the 3sp and 4sp transfer cases is:
1) slightly bigger gears
2) different low gear ratio

And there is no difference in "quietness" between the two.

Thanks,
Scott
 

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