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Unread 12-11-2012, 08:41 PM   #1
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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.

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Unread 12-13-2012, 02:25 PM   #2
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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.
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Unread 12-14-2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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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.
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