Automatic to Manual Swap: Need Advice -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 12-11-2012, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
2004 LJ Wrangler 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Oak Forest
Posts: 1
Automatic to Manual Swap: Need Advice

I'm an owner of a 2004 Wrangler LJ 4.0L I6 engine with an automatic transmission. I was curious as to how much much a tans swap would cost on average if im going from and auto to a manual, what parts other than the transmission would i need to purchase, would i be better off financially if i did the swap myself or took it to a shop, and is it worth the investment if i use it as a daily driver and an occasional off-roader. I've recently learned how to drive manual in my buddy's 89 ford ranger 2wd and i love it. i would greatly appreciate the advice.

Dub2187 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 12-13-2012, 02:25 PM
Registered User
2013 JK Wrangler 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Griffith
Posts: 300
The good thing about jeeps is when they are produced from the factory they have the option of installing a clutcha nd third pedal. What i mean is if you had 2 jeeps same specs except one with a manual and other with an automatic, it would be a straight foreward install jsut swapping out 2 transmission and installing the cluth pedal would be the hardest part sicne you ahve to cut through the firewall. Also, the jeeps body shoudl ahve all the mounting locations for the slave cylinder. It will be cheaper to do yourself if you have the tools. If you can sell your auto tranny it should not end up costing that much money and prolly be done for under $1000. Going to a shop it will cost much more.

As far as being a good investment its up to you to decide. I love my manual and would never buy a jeep without one. As far as off roading it takes a while to get use to clutch control, but to some its more rewarding to do an obstacle in a manual compared to an automatic. I recently helped my dad swap a 3 speed manual into a 72 chevelle that had an automatic and it was difficult and overwhelming at times but it was worth every penny and the entire winter of laying on frozen concrete freezing doing the swap.
Tbasham is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 12-14-2012, 04:54 PM
Wheelin98TJ's Avatar
1998 TJ Wrangler 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 26,288
I'd leave it as an auto, but that's personal preference.

I like shifting in a quick car with tight, short throws, but I don't want to bang gears in a Jeep.
Wheelin98TJ is online now  

automatic transmission , manual transmission , swapping , transmission , wrangler

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome