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Old 09-16-2008
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auto to manuel help

hey guys and girls i have a 3.0 auto and i had a really bad leak and thought i found it and solved the leak truck was driving fine and went offroading which i will have pics and vids soon there was some awesome stuff and i was wheeleing and doing everything my buddies trd on 35's did it was awesome it was getting pissed cause he always talks smack but any way my tranny is slipping really bad i talked to a mechanic "who i know" explained it to him and he said it will need to be rebuilt... so if im going to spend that kind of money i atleast want a stick i hate my auto so just wanna know how hard it is to convert and i also have access to a stick but its out of a 4.0 and wanna know if that will work please let me know my truck only drives in 2nd and its really anoying...
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Punctuation please...looks like babble.




The swap is pretty straight forward. Actually....quite easy imo. There's a few threads regarding this subject of the auto to manual swap.

Did one a few weeks back to a buddy's '98 4.0L 4x4 ranger. He blew the trans on a tues, had all the parts on hand by thurs morn, auto trans and everything out on thurs night, test drove the truck as a manual on fri night. And only working nights on the truck. Everything works as it should...but still has the auto trans wiring harness, needs the manual harness to get rid of the 'od' flash, and ability to use the '98 4.0 4x4 manual trans ECU/PCM.

You'll need:

M5od-r1 trans(i reccoment a M5od-r1hd found behind 4.0L SOHC engines)
clutch/brake pedal assy
slave cyl
master cyl
'00 3.0L manual trans ECU/PCM
Clutch Kit(disc, pressure plate, alignment tool, pilot bearing)
Flywheel
Possibly a new starter?
You'll likely need to replace that auto trans harness with a manual harness(ECU to trans harness i believe).
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You have to use a manual trans that came from a 3.0.

The bell housing bolt pattern is different. Your 4.0 tranny won't work, sorry.
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10-4...forgot that lil detail. lol.
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Old 09-18-2008
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ah sweet guys. yeah i found the other posts, using the search button haha. also found a tranny at a local yard he wanted 550 for it, seemed like alot but it was also the only place i called... but i fixed the problem the trany had a little too much fluid after topping her off so once it all leaked out it was fine. now i just need to fix the leak which will happen this weekend. im still going to swap her out i just put a post on craigslist for my transmission for 800 bucks so hopefully it sells fast so i can have a manual. does 800 seem like alot or too little well let me know.

hope that is a little better, english was my worst subject in school, which is probably why i swing a hammer for a living, haha...thanks for the replies too guys i really appreciate.
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I highly doubt anyone will buy a used tranny for 800 bucks.
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damn, too get a rebuilt one it about $2000 really good deal if you came across one about $1500. and my truck only has 73,000 miles on it.
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oh yeah cant find my friends, gf myspace i guess that is where the pics and vids are so i will get em soon...
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werd. I paid like $400 for '06 manual trans w/ 7k on it. Was $500, but they took a month to actually get the part pulled and I got mad at 'em. $800 is too high...round here a rebuilt auto can be had for about $1200.
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Hey shane, doesent manuals have some problems with slave cylinders going bad often??

yeah when my starts slipping, imma slip a manual in her. Was gonna do it sonner but id rather wait till it wears out
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It's hit and miss. Some have no problems, others have tons of problems. Me for one has tons of problems....4th slave, 2nd master, 2nd trans, 3rd clutch. BUT...the price i pay to play the manual. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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dang well thanks for the help guys im going to order a body lift right now so i dont have to cut the Y pipe, for the manual trans. i guess i will put my auto trans for 500 im still going to switch to a manual though so i can probably get all the parts right now cept for the trany that will have to wait till i finish this job im on right now and get some money.
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instead of cutting the y pipe couldn't you just unbolt it and bolt it back up when your done. i'm gathering parts to do the swap myself so if you run into any problems give me a heads up : )
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yeah i would imagine that it would work but i read on one the other forums, that you needed to cut the y pipe or a bl so i figured why not haha... yeah i will definately let you and everyone know how it turns out hopefully it heppens soon...
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why will your truck only drive in two wheel drive?
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You WILL have to drop the Y pipe even with a bodylift...

No cut, it'll bolt on and off.
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no it drives perfect in 4 wheel and low gears. its drive it had some trouble in but i hate automatics any ways, i wanted a manual but got my truck instead...
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ok good to know but i got one on the way...
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heres a few pics i guess a bunch came out really bad but here is a few
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wow ya'll got snow, ice and sweatshirts. we still have days close 90*

nice pics
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I'm diggin' the 01-05 bumper man. Reminds me ALOT of my truck when it was stock w/ 32's and no valence.
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haha i know crazy huh it was only like that in the mountains in the shade. and im sure its all gone now there was a random very cold couple days befor we went up. yeah i love the bumper its an 02 off my roomates truck that has not been touched really since i met him he wants a prerunner, i keep telling him to build a sick rock crawler out of it, but he wont...

next time i go wheeling i will have a bl unless i get a wild hair in the next couple days, hahaha.
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oh yea...i've been informed from a former RF member that you can indeed pull the trans and case as a complete unit w/o dropping the Ypipe with a bodylift installed. He did this swap as well...and has the most info posted on the site regarding it.
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