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Author:  shimaze [ Sun Dec 21, 2014 6:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

Question: Is there a newer Suzuki large frame trans that can be adapted for use in a Swift GTi G13b? Similar to the cable shift trans from the legendary older 1.6 Swift / Esteem. If I were to travel from coast to coast looking for a heavy duty trans for my Swift, what would I be looking for when I get to the junkyard? I get confused when I hear J18, J20, J##, J??

…I will assume no new trans case can be used in an older Swift GTi

Second question: can a new trans internal gears and other parts be used in an older 1.6 cable shift case? What I would like to do is to purchase a trans from Australia, but the shipping exceeds the value of the car …in excess of $3000 US dollars! So my plan is to purchase the whole kit, and leave behind the heavy steel internal gears, differential, clutch & the flywheel. I just think this may cut down on shipping if I could split the case and ship all the remaining parts in two or three lighter shipments. If you can get the parts in smaller boxes, it can be shipped via Seamail. Then, when I get it back to the US, assemble it with a new Suzuki Sport gear set, light weight flywheel, LSD, & aftermarket clutch To ship a complete trans, it has to be done on a pallet and it costs a fortune!

I give up on finding a large frame cable shift 1.6 Swift / Esteem trans in Canada. I had one lined up in Toronto, but I could not get a passport in time to cross the border to go get it.

Thanks, Shimaze

Author:  lukak [ Sun Dec 21, 2014 7:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

i think swift 1.3 4x4 and subaru justy 4x4 gearboxes can be converted to fwd use.. and they have same internals (except ratios) than 1.6 gearboxes..
i never went for details as i'm not sure if i'm going to keep/upgrade my gti..

Author:  Dattman [ Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

The J18 gearbox is effectively the same as the cableshift g16 large frame box, however the front half of the case is quite different and unlike the g16 box can't easily be converted to fit the g13b.

You might have to ask one of the aussie guys like Pauly or Dave Homer to see if you can fit the front half of a g16 box to a j18 box, might work... in which case it'll be much cheaper to import just a g16 front bell housing and then source a local j18 box... as for gearing, I wouldn't worry about trying to find swift sport gearset although the 4.4 would be nice, have a look at these mfactory gearsets, ridiculously cheap. http://www.teammfactory.com/close-ratio-gears_52


Yes the g13/g16 4wd boxes share the same gearset dimensions so are interchangeable but the diffs are much bigger in the 4wd box, not to mention they are very heavy gearboxes.

Author:  lukak [ Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

Dattman wrote:
The J18 gearbox is effectively the same as the cableshift g16 large frame box, however the front half of the case is quite different and unlike the g16 box can't easily be converted to fit the g13b.

You might have to ask one of the aussie guys like Pauly or Dave Homer to see if you can fit the front half of a g16 box to a j18 box, might work... in which case it'll be much cheaper to import just a g16 front bell housing and then source a local j18 box... as for gearing, I wouldn't worry about trying to find swift sport gearset although the 4.4 would be nice, have a look at these mfactory gearsets, ridiculously cheap. http://www.teammfactory.com/close-ratio-gears_52


Yes the g13/g16 4wd boxes share the same gearset dimensions so are interchangeable but the diffs are much bigger in the 4wd box, not to mention they are very heavy gearboxes.


if the diffs are bigger - aren't that prfect if you're going for plated lsd? (my friend broke every plated lsd in stock g13b gearbox)
and do you know aprox how much heavier they are? (compared to g16 fwd or g13 fwd)

Author:  bostssgt [ Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

bostssgt wrote:
g16 swift, and j18 esteem/baleno and aerio j20 j23 boxes are sharing same bolt pattern
i have one j18 and one j20 box for parts and the housings are the same

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Author:  bostssgt [ Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

shimaze wrote:
Question: Is there a newer Suzuki large frame trans that can be adapted for use in a Swift GTi G13b? Similar to the cable shift trans from the legendary older 1.6 Swift / Esteem. If I were to travel from coast to coast looking for a heavy duty trans for my Swift, what would I be looking for when I get to the junkyard? I get confused when I hear J18, J20, J##, J??

…I will assume no new trans case can be used in an older Swift GTi

Second question: can a new trans internal gears and other parts be used in an older 1.6 cable shift case? What I would like to do is to purchase a trans from Australia, but the shipping exceeds the value of the car …in excess of $3000 US dollars! So my plan is to purchase the whole kit, and leave behind the heavy steel internal gears, differential, clutch & the flywheel. I just think this may cut down on shipping if I could split the case and ship all the remaining parts in two or three lighter shipments. If you can get the parts in smaller boxes, it can be shipped via Seamail. Then, when I get it back to the US, assemble it with a new Suzuki Sport gear set, light weight flywheel, LSD, & aftermarket clutch To ship a complete trans, it has to be done on a pallet and it costs a fortune!

I give up on finding a large frame cable shift 1.6 Swift / Esteem trans in Canada. I had one lined up in Toronto, but I could not get a passport in time to cross the border to go get it.

Thanks, Shimaze


the swift 1.6 box lower mounting point use studs, the j series is using bolts this is the BIG difference
you have aerios in usa?? get a tranny for an aerio! then have a friend overseas to get swift sport gearset shipped for you

Author:  shimaze [ Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

bostssgt wrote:
...get a tranny for an aerio!


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Would one like this work? It is from a 2004-2007 Suzuki Aerio. How much different is this box? I can get this box sent to me for $450 US dollars. This is just the box and nothing else. I think one difference may be the hydraulic vs cable clutch? I would rather us a cable clutch to minimize the conversion and expense.

I would like to see someone attempt to put an Aerio trans into a Swift GTi just like bostssgt did with the Esteem trans.

Author:  bostssgt [ Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

go with this
DO IT :lol:
sure you can convert to cable clutch easy

Author:  Dattman [ Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

Well what the heck do I know about J series boxes, not much obviously :lol:

Author:  shimaze [ Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

I hate to keep beating the J series differences / similarities topic, but I am still just a bit confused...

Bostssgt - You say:

bostssgt wrote:
the swift 1.6 box lower mounting point use studs, the j series is using bolts this is the BIG difference


Yet you say:

bostssgt wrote:
g16 swift, and j18 esteem/baleno and aerio j20 j23 boxes are sharing same bolt pattern
I have one j18 and one j20 box for parts and the housings are the same


I am certain you know exactly what you are talking about, but I am confused, especially about the lower mounting point studs versus bolts. Is this easy to change or were you being a bit sarcastic? I appreciate all of your input and contribution to the Swift community and especially for answering all of my stupid questions!

Also, would you happen to have the part number for the Suzuki sport gear set? I have a feeling that I could go to the parts department at a local Suzuki dealer in the United States and armed with a part number, I could order the sport gear set. This is commonly done for General Motors parts that were never available in the US.

Author:  bostssgt [ Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

you take the studs out with a good vise-grip pliers!
you should re-read from the begining, all the info is here
if you are after some easy and low cost swap this is not, if you affraid, leave it to others :lol: and keep the 1.3 dohc gearbox and put the overseas gti ratio in it an even with a 4.39 final you should be ok for 200hp turbo car and it will be bolt on,

now look what i mean on this pic (notice the lower stud on the bottom right of picture)
swift 1.6 gearbox
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this is the j18 esteem housing
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same as your aerio gearbox picture

i don'T have no part numbers for SWIFT SPORT gearset,i bought it from a redlinegti member, it's not suzuki sport parts that i have, if you want the suzuki sport gearset you can order from japan throught "monster sport"

Author:  shimaze [ Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

Hey, I finally got a large frame / cable shift transmission! It came out of a 2002 Suzuki Esteem with a 1.8L at my local pull & pay. The best part: It only cost $150 for everything & the shipping was free! Sure beats paying $800 for the trans + $3000 to ship it from Australia. My question is: Do I have everything? I got the box, the shifter, cables, & intermediate shaft. I never thought I would find something like this in the United States.

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Author:  Dattman [ Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

Good score, what about the driveshafts?, sure I read the inner CV is bigger, I have been wrong before though :lol:

Author:  bostssgt [ Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

:lol: you still need the 2 driveshafts and maybe the center shaft cause this one is for the J series motor and i don't know about lenght and mounting point measurement !?

don't know about shift cable lenght on a esteem, if to short you may need to fabricate a custom support and could cut and weld a sleeve to make them longer , or maybe in a 89-94 the cables may fit niccer (because this body already have a version with this box)

you need the front transmission support bracket (to mount in a swift) and you are good to go!

if you want to go hydraulic clutch(realy recomend it, makes a big ACT clutch smooth on the pedal) you will need a hose, clutch master cylinder and pedals

Author:  Jamaicanbaleno [ Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

Wow what a very good thread. Well i have a j20a running the original J18 gearbox and i damaged the diff in the gearbox and i have not been able to source neither the gear box nor the diff in my part of the world. In need of help please

Author:  mikecode5150 [ Sun Apr 26, 2015 1:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

bostssgt wrote:
:lol: you still need the 2 driveshafts and maybe the center shaft cause this one is for the J series motor and i don't know about lenght and mounting point measurement !?

don't know about shift cable lenght on a esteem, if to short you may need to fabricate a custom support and could cut and weld a sleeve to make them longer , or maybe in a 89-94 the cables may fit niccer (because this body already have a version with this box)

you need the front transmission support bracket (to mount in a swift) and you are good to go!

if you want to go hydraulic clutch(realy recomend it, makes a big ACT clutch smooth on the pedal) you will need a hose, clutch master cylinder and pedals


I have read and re-read this and other posts about this conversion but I guess I'm a little thick...I have a 1992 GT DOHC and am turbocharging it 230HP is my target. I also picked up both Aerio 2.3L and the Esteem 1.8L trannies. I read that the 1.6L GLX cv shafts work? what year? Also could I use the inner joint on my GT shafts (and yes I didn't get the shafts yet :huh: ). If someone could fill in the blanks.

Also would a J series motor fit? It seems too tall

Thanks

Author:  bostssgt [ Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:09 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

you need all the kit from a swift 1.6 1989-1994
2 driveshaft and 1 half shaft bolted on the engine,
then you remove the bearing older/bearing from the 1.6 shaft
modify and press the bearing/holder from the 1.3 shaft(black on the pictures) ON the 1.6 half shaft(pink on the pictures)
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drill a taper in the back and weld the stud
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Author:  mikecode5150 [ Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

Thanks I was a little foggy. So the years on the 1.6L Swift was what was foggy. I am in the States so I'll see if I can get some from Canada.

Thanks 8)

Author:  bostssgt [ Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

warning if you use an aerio gearbox( or anything other than esteem 1.8 ans swift 1.6glx), i have one from aerio 2002 and use hall effect sensor for speedo, when you remove the sensor the hole is smalle and the gear for the speedo wire don't fit, you need to enlarge the hole (i noticed that with all the work done, the motor/trans in the car ready to burn rubber, D'OH!! now no speedometer till i break it again :lol: 8) )

also, the 4.388 final drive from 2007+ swift sport use a different 1st gear than the swift 1.6, they have the same ratio (3.250) and the same pitch but they use different bearing/shaft size, so to run the swift sport 2007+ gearing with a different final drive;
you can't swap an "old style" final drive without and "old style" 3.250 gear/bearing
(mine from a liana(aerio) 4.1 don't know wich year from)

so now i run swift sport 07+ gearset with 4.10 final drive with the swift 1.6 1st gear/bearing on the output shaft
i drove it a little and will drive couple 1/4 miles soon and give my opinion
if i don't like the 4.10 i hope to find a swift sport 05-06 4.235 final 8)

Author:  bostssgt [ Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: esteem/aerio/swift 1.6 tranny in a 2000 north america sw

hi boost with slicks caused this small crack, the torque was to much to handle for the casing
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this is why i made a bracket to divide the load between all mounting points
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my machinist made me two new housings
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