Is the 5 speed 4x4 Trans in the 98+ Rodeo/Amigo an MUA5?

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Is the 5 speed 4x4 Trans in the 98+ Rodeo/Amigo an MUA5?

Postby mhansen146 » Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:04 pm

Hi guys, I have a 1995 Trooper with the MUA5 @217000 miles in it and am very happy with it still, but I am a fan of future proofing it, as I'm sure the MUA5 will become unserviceable in the near future, and the AR5 is still in production. I know that the late model 2nd gen Troopers came with the Aisin AR5, essentially the same trans as my 4Runners R150F, and they look identical except of course the 60 GM bell and the Isuzu transfer case.

I assumed that the V6 2nd gen amigos/sports/rodeos used the same AR5 as well, considering its a Aisin-Warner transmission and also put in Jeeps and some GM stuff from that period.

I found a 4x4 5 speed trans in the JY last week in a 99 amigo, behind the 3.2. I was very sad to see this little gem in the yard, but its frame was completely rotted out. Note to everyone, POR15 (or maybe it was bedliner) on a rotted frame peels right back off...

Anyways I noted a lot of differences with it and the 98+ Trooper or any AR5 for that matter (intgrated bell housing and trasfer case, thinner center support plate, less chunky webbing) and have concluded its most likely an MUA5, oddly enough. Weird that the Trooper made in Japan gets a Toyota/Aisin/Warner franken-trans common to US makes and some Toyotas of that era and the Illinois built models get a Isuzu japanese made MUA5... ill never understand the logistics of auto companies..

Anyway just wondering if there was any good definitive info on it specs wise, couldn't find much or even confirm what 4x4 5 speed trans late model rodeos/amigos/sports came with.

I noted that the L4 and V6 2nd 98+ amigo do come with the same 'looking' trans (with what appears to be different bell housing patterns), and the MUA5 in my trooper appears nearly identical accept it has a large Isuzu logo cast into the right side in the area of heavy webbing (didn't see this on the JY trans or the ebay one I found).

Are there any likely differences with gearing, strength, number of synchros, trans length etc. for this late model 'MUA5' looking trans? Part of me still wants it, if anything to save a non-renewable resource from being crushed.

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Re: Is the 5 speed 4x4 Trans in the 98+ Rodeo/Amigo an MUA5?

Postby mudoilngears » Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:50 pm

No Rodeos used the AR5. Those with the V6 use a MUA5. The infamous 2.2 4 cyl use a Tremec T5
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Re: Is the 5 speed 4x4 Trans in the 98+ Rodeo/Amigo an MUA5?

Postby mhansen146 » Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:56 pm

Ah I see. I also did find an older post by Jerry mentioning that every single 88+ 4x4 trans was an MUA5 except the 1998-02 trooper. My best guess at this point is it was related to the higher torque of the 3.5 being above the rating of the MUA.

Ill go ahead and assume all MUA5 have essentially the same specs other then the extra synchro's from 92+.
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Re: Is the 5 speed 4x4 Trans in the 98+ Rodeo/Amigo an MUA5?

Postby mudoilngears » Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:00 pm

I doubt it was the torque. The diesel Isuzu pickups still use a variant of the MUA5. Don’t think the 3.5 would have more torque than a 3.0 common rail turbo diesel.
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Re: Is the 5 speed 4x4 Trans in the 98+ Rodeo/Amigo an MUA5?

Postby gwana66 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:19 am

I have a 98 2.2 Amigo and it uses an MUA5 as well. I think the Tremec may have been 2WD? Not sure, but the only difference between my MUA and the V6 is the bolt pattern - I've swapped parts.
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