Originally Posted by keytothestone
Mk216v. The shift seemed OK nothing out of the ordinary maybe a little tuff getting into Low. They didn't notice any binding. Mechanic wants to know if I want to upgrade to an Atlas doesn't seem necessary from what I have read the NV should handle it? I have had a few little prolems but the big ones are having the transmission dropped twice since it was p/u last August. 1st one UJ covered the $. Second time when I had it totally rebuilt they did not. When they did the original conversion the trans was rebuilt, beefed up & I was charged accordingly. To have to do it again in less than 10k miles was really frustrating. Rear springs have been another issue been through 2 sets in less than a year had to add 2 more leafs out of my pocket to the replacements cause I was still ass dragging. Then just 2 weeks ago got some DW coming down the pass. Haven't felt it since but had the frontend looked and my mechanics assessment wasn't good. So in line for the steering upgrade for the coil conversion. UJ is on vacation till 7/16 so I guess I'm looking at about 3 weeks to get this Tcase resolved if I want to go by the UJ warranty on it. They have been pretty cool with help but now I have real trust issues with the van. Reliability doesn't seem to be it's strong suit. This is my only vehicle and acts as my home when I'm state side or in Baja so at least my couch surfing skills have really improved over the last year.
Ok, so sounds like I experienced at times too(Hi or Lo).
I haven't seen any issues with the NV271's(SMB, ExPO, etc forums, friends with vans, etc), so I don't see any reason to upgrade to an Atlas t-case at this time.
2 tranny rebuilds in 10k? What year, engine, mileage do you have?(I noticed you have the '08+ front end, but maybe they updated it from the old front end?)
Do you have Atlas(not to be confused with the t-case company) rear springs, or the new Deaver's? You carrying gold bricks in the cargo area?
What does your van weigh?
DW one time coming down the pass--under braking? Did you have your steering box replaced at the time of 4x4 conversion? All new front rotors/calipers/pads/etc too?
What was the mechanic's assessment--worn parts?
Again, sorry to hear you're having to go thru this with your home.