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Aisin-Warner AX5 Transmission

ax5_transmissionThe Aisin Warner AX5 transmission was a standard shift, five-speed transmission introduced in the 1984 XJ Cherokee Jeep, and found in the 1984 to 2006 Jeep XJ, YJ, and TJ models. It is a light-duty transmission found behind the AMC 150 (2.5L) I4 engine. It was also found behind the GM 2.8L 60 degree V6 (early XJ only).

The AX5 is prevalent, but sadly it’s strength is minimal, making it a questionable off-road transmission. Failures behind even stock engines are not uncommon. We do not make any conversions components available to retain the AX5 with six or eight cylinder engines.

Note that there is an AX4 transmission in early XJ models, which is essentially the AX5, minus its overdriven fifth gear.

Two variants of the AX5 include the G52, W58, and R151 as found in Toyota car and light truck applications.


The AX5 is a split-case, top shifting, overdrive transmission with the shifter being located in the rear section of the transmission. The AX5 is fully synchronized in all gears. All gears are helically cut.


The AX5 transmission case is 15-5/8″ long. It features a cast aluminum case with a cast-iron mid-plate. The case is ribbed and features the shifter in the rear quarter of the assembly. In the vein of newer transmissions, the AX5 uses dowel pins for bellhousing alignment.

The Jeep AX5 has a 21 spline output shaft for connecting to the transfer case input shaft. The AX5 was used with an internal slave/throwout assembly up through the 1994 model year. In 1995, a more conventional slave cylinder and cross-arm were used. The input shaft is a 14 spline and its stickout length is 7-1/2″.

The AX5 looks similar to the AX15 and they are occasionally confused in identification as well as interchange.

Gear ratios for the AX5 are: 3.92, 2.33, 1.44, 1.00, 0.85 and 4.74, 1st through reverse, respectively.

Transfer Case Compatibility

The Jeep AX5 was factory-married to the Jeep New Process (aka New Venture) Model 231 transfer case.

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