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Automatic to Manual Transmission Conversion?

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Old 09-18-2009, 09:33 AM   #1
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Automatic to Manual Transmission Conversion?

I have been thinking that when my automatic trans quits, how difficult would it be to convert to manual trans. I can see some of the problems but has anyone done this conversion? I have driven standards for my whole life and I think my truck would be great as a straight shift. Sport 99 OHV.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:35 AM   #2
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better off yo buy one with a manual trans lot of work.
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:49 AM   #3
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Actually, since the OHV was available with a manual trans in a second-gen, it may not be as difficult as you think... First challenge would be finding one, then swapping the trans clutch master cylinder and plumbing, then re-flashing the PCM so it's not looking for an automatic trans. The hole in the floor should be there already, and the parts for the shifter, boot, trim, etc. should all come from the same vehicle as the donor trans. All in all, it shouldn't be too difficult of a swap IMHO.

Now, is it worth it? To me: No. Less work, time, and hassle to do a nationwide search for one (they're rare). A lot less headaches overall too... Not sure if it would be worth the time and effort personally.

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