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Old 06-15-2003, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default swap out auto for 5 spd manual in bd legacy?

anyone have any thoughts on this besides just selling my car for a standard? what do i need, how much does it cost, etc. anyone actually done it?

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Old 06-15-2003, 11:20 PM   #2
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I think the general consensus around here is that it would be much more cost effective to just get another car. Im sure it'll save you the hassle of trying to find parts and then paying out hours in labour for a mechanic to do the swap.

Hell, you may find a car thats in better condition than yours for less than whay you maybe able to sell yours for.
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Old 06-16-2003, 01:27 AM   #3
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There's several posts in this forum and in the Suburu Conversion forum about just this subject. The three big component system pieces, excluding the transmission itself, are:

1) The pedal box and clutch master and slave cylinder to replace your existing brake-only box
2) The flywheel, clutch, pressure plate assembly and shift linkage (including the shifter surround for inside the cabin)
3) The ECU since the Auto ECU is set up to run the 4EAT TCU as well and this can cause you engine management problems if it can't "see" the TCU

The time to do it is not that exhorbitant. You could probably do it over a whole weekend if you were doing it yourself from after work on Friday until late Sunday night, providing you have the tools and every piece that you'll need for the conversion. You'd be be looking at probably 3-5 days of solid 8-hour a day shop time to have someone else do it unless they are intimately familiar with the conversion then they could probably do it in a lot less time.

Realistically, you're looking at $1-1.5K yourself and $2.5-3.0K to have someone else do it.

As was mentioned, it may be more cost effective to buy a car that's already set up the way you want it.

Good luck. Keep us posted.

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Old 06-16-2003, 09:01 AM   #4
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I know Cajual has been contemplating this also. He may have more info on this.

Cajual,.......where are you?
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