My 95 with the 249 will roll with the front ds removed, this I know from experience. My question has to do with the 231 conversion I want to do so this is a little off topic, other than my real question concerns the input shaft in the current 249. I have read every thread on this topic on Nagca and other forums. I keep reading that of there is an input shaft change (regarding gear cut) sometime in 95, never had it narrowed down by t-case ID tag or exact date. Did this perhaps relate directly to (or at least happen at the same time as) the VC change? I already know my 95 with the 5.2 has a pretty rare input shaft (1.550" exposed), so I'll need to swap this into the 231. But can I assume that the gear cut should match the earlier cases, not the new? Even if I decide to go 242 or hybrid combo I'll need them to match. Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated, money is tight, I can get T-cases real reasonable at the local self-serve boneyard, but I don't want to buy or pull two or more searching for the right one. The yard no longer allows us to bring in parts for comparison, so that's not a option either.