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Old 07-29-2013, 11:36 PM   #39
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Join Date: Jan 2007
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2017 Focus RS
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Originally Posted by Board junkie View Post
Thanks Joe.

My motor is really old and tired, and aren't you a 2.5L?

I've been needing to talk to you about your swap, do you have a thread on it, or what route did you take? I know you have hybrid axles.

I really want to keep the 5 speed for the long ratio, but find myself reaching for a 6th on the highway. The cost of a built 5speed I can have a DCCD box. So I'm hella torn but first things first-

Brakes and wheel bearings. Then maybe bottom end, followed by tranny. Really all depends on what goes first.
Yeah, 2.5L gives me the torque edge.

I didn't do too much of a write up on what I did, just a quick description on my build thread in the member's car gallery. I originally went with the 6spd, auto driveshaft, and 3.90 R160 from a 2001 Legacy. It was the cheaper route, but the open diff sucked. Ended up building the hybrid axles (Suberdave mod) and swapped the R180 and STi driveshaft. Waaaay better, probably one of the best handling mods I've done to the car.

There are a couple things to think about when deciding on whether or not you want to add the extra gear. The gears are waaaaay shorter than the 5spd, it takes awhile to get used to it. At highway speeds you'll probably run 500rpm or so higher too, so your gas mileage will go down as well (I lost about 2-3mpg on average). Lots of gear shifts during city driving too, I kinda miss the long 1st and 2nd gear for stealthy daily driving. Personally for a DD I would want the gear ratios from the Leggy Spec B (I'm still mad my dad sold his).

The major upside is the DCCD. I LOVE the DCCD. It completely changed how the car handled around corners, especially once I got the R180. No more understeer. I went with the fully auto DCCDPro, which I also recommend over the basic one. Even in snow, the DCCD comes in handy. Driving up the pass on snow covered roads, if you put it in full lock you can feel the car tighten up and get very stable.

Overall I'm loving my 6spd swap, even if I miss the longer gears sometimes.
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