Wow, BG, a gold-plated snap ring? Others have commented about OEM pricing of AX transmission parts, also OEM pricing for NV3550 pieces. There has been major upheaval at Chrysler, three owners in less than a decade, a near financial end with parts inventories shrinking and scattered, dealers folding, and suppliers like New Venture falling away.
This is very unfortunate and should be changing shortly. Chrysler Group, LLC, is doing very well, returning impressive quarterly profits and selling record numbers of vehicles—especially Jeep JK Wranglers. On a go-forward, let's trust that parts pricing will reflect the increasing stability and profitability of the organization.
It would be interesting to try my suggestion and price that same selective fit snap ring through a Toyota dealership. A savvy counterperson knows the AX15 (under A150 and other trade names), and they can likely turn up the part. If you should take it that far, let us know. If you move on in the interest of getting your Jeep back on the road, I fully understand...Thanks for sharing your parts source, that's valuable to others.
Best with the build, BG, I can tell you're being very thorough and doing a detailed, "blueprint" job!—Moses