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Nv3500 or nv4500

Discussion in 'Chevy C/K Truck Forum' started by TheGMC, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. TheGMC

    TheGMC New Member

    I have an 1988 gmc trying to find a transmisson for, its a heavy half ton (6lug) 2500 tags. What 5spd do i have NV3500 or NV4500:fighting0040:
  2. Boonduff

    Boonduff Member 3 Years 100 Posts

    The 5 speed manual transmission used in 1988 was a HM-290, built by Muncie. The NV4500 was introduced in 1992 and the lighter-duty NV3500 came on in 1993.
  3. TheGMC

    TheGMC New Member

    So will a NV4500 or NV3500 fit right in without any rigging? Im having a difficult time finding that transmisson.
  4. K15 Blazer Guy

    K15 Blazer Guy Member 2 Years 100 Posts

    i have the NV3500 in my truck... its pretty tough, dude. Its all aluminum and you can get a hurst shifter for it.
    I powershift and do burn outs and the thing that failed, was the rear carrier cracked in half.... the trasmission can take a beating

    the NV4500 is a beast. it weights almost 200lbs without oil. and its all iron.
    so if your going with 14 bolt axles, a huge engine, and a extra reinforced mounted transfercase, get the NV4500.
    if your looking for something that will work and fit with stock, get the NV3500.
  5. K15 Blazer Guy

    K15 Blazer Guy Member 2 Years 100 Posts

    The hurst shifer helps a lot too! X)
  6. SupplySgt

    SupplySgt Rockstar 4 Years 500 Posts

    I don't know much about the truck manual trannys, but that pic makes me want to swap in a manual in my Burb when I do the motor. I miss having a manual in a truck.
  7. K15 Blazer Guy

    K15 Blazer Guy Member 2 Years 100 Posts

    yeah, i love it X)
    but i need a better clutch than stock... the master clynder is super weak, making the clutch way heavy... in stop and go it beats me up =(
    but it does help with gas millage and power when you want it =)

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