TH700R4 to NP231 - 0.75" thick

Benchmark Adapter

Kit Components

Kit #10-1002 -- $549.00

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Features which set our adapter apart from others are reflected in the quality of the machine work exhibited in the kit components. The adapter plate is machined from a solid block of T6061 aluminum and measures a short 0.750" thick.

The adapter plate is milled to exact tolerances with large radius corners and a thick mounting foot. We do not suggest the use of the stock transmission support mounting face found on the bottom side of the transmission tailhousing. Using this stock transmission support mount creates substantial stress in the tailhousing of the TH700R4 by allowing the entire weight of the transfer case to be "cantilevered" from the four 10mm bolts in the tailhousing. This is a common break point on TH350's and TH700R4's. Stripped threads and cracks in the tail section of the case are not uncommon. Our solution to this problem is to provide a strong mounting base machined into the overall part. This "foot" mount allows all of the vertical weight load of the transfer case to be transferred through the adapter, onto the rubber or urethane mount therefore removing the load from the rear of the transmission case.

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Installed photo

Supplied in our kit is a new alloy mainshaft. This new shaft is constructed to exact GM specifications with the exception of the 23 spline end section needed to allow a proper match for the 23 spline input gear found in New Process transfer cases and the AtlasII transfer case. The worm gear on the new mainshaft is a complex tooth to cut. The tooth finish must be flawless and smooth as it engages with the plastic mating gear on the TH350 governor valve. If this steel worm gear is not perfectly finished, the plastic mating gear will not last for long. Also, some companies use welded and resplined core shafts for their adapter kits and often times the governor gears of these core shafts are not in good condition.

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Close up view of the worm gear on our new shaft

FRICTION WELDING is a common practice used in manufacturing processes for "hybrid" mainshafts found in transfer case adapter kits. Low production costs are among the incentives for using the friction welding process. Our company does NOT use this process. We only produce new, 1-piece mainshafts with our adapter kits. Notice the results printed in the destructive testing section of this site. Our shaft yields a torsional strength value more than twice the amount found in a welded shaft.

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Worm gear comparison

Spline Engagement:

Our adapters are designed to be short in length however we do not sacrifice spline engagement in any case. In fact, our main goal is strength over length and as you can see in the photo, our new mainshaft allows for a full 1-1/2" of engaged spline.

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Close up of cut-a-way section

Shift linkage is another area where the Benchmark adapter design exceeds that of other adapters on the market. Machined mounting surfaces are machined into our billet adapter at four separate locations. These "bossed" areas provide excellent options for creating the optimum shifting system for your transfer case. The top mount found on our adapter works well with Lokar shifters.

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Close up of the adapter mounting faces

Installation Tips:

This adapter is intended for use with the medium length, 23 spline input gear common to the NP231J transfer case. If your input gear is not of this type, we can provide the proper input gear at an affordable cost.

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Front face of an NP231 with the proper 23 spline input gear

The stock output shaft in the TH700R4 must be removed. Our new mainshaft is compatible with all models of the TH700R4 and is manufactured with a 23 spline end.

A small portion of the gusset shown in the photo must be removed to allow for clearance of the nut. This modification does not weaken the case.

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Gusset area marked for removal

When using studs, the two nuts (not shown) must be held in place as the transfer case is slid thru the adapter. As you can see there is no room to install the nuts after the rotation plate and adapter plate are pulled together.

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Lower nut interference

One stud on the stock NP231J must be removed or shortened to allow clearance for proper bolting. This stud location is found near the governor cap on the side of the TH700R4 and TH350. We supply a 3/8"x3/4" 12-point bolt for use at this point however you may choose to shorten the stock stud and use the original nut. If you choose to use the bolt provided in the kit, it will be necessary to tighten this bolt as the transfer case is pulled toward the adapter during mounting.

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Short bolt in place during mounting

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Short bolt in place

The front bearing retainer on your NP231 will require modification as shown here. The three small aluminum bosses on the retainer will need to be clearanced slightly to engaged the adapter properly. We can supply a new, modified retainer for $15.00 if you desire.

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Modified retainer