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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:52 am 
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So I have an automatic GTi. Needless to say it needs to be swapped to a 5 speed. What would be the best transmission to use?

I know that I at least need the pedal assembly too. My samurai's and sidekicks have had a non hydraulic clutch, is the swift the same way?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:22 pm 
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My samurai's and sidekicks have had a non hydraulic clutch, is the swift the same way?
Yes.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:45 pm 
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You'll need the manual driveshafts, flywheel, clutch and maybe the radiator too.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:11 pm 
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Will the standard Geo/Chevy metro 5speed work?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:24 am 
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Yes but its not as strong

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:36 am 
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Will a standard 1.3 transmission work ok? would the axles fit into my wheel hubs?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:49 pm 
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ok. disregard all previous posts.

no. it will not work. you need the exact transmission for your car or it will blow up into a billion pieces.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:53 pm 
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nzswift wrote:
You'll need the manual driveshafts, flywheel, clutch and maybe the radiator too.



ok. sarcasm off.


this post covered it.

both axles, clutch, fw, shifter, cables, pedal, possibly starter. you can get away with the auto radiator.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:00 pm 
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VR4 has it nailed.
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Top two = left side
Middle two = right side
You can see that the top 4 shafts use the same ends, but the length of the middle section differs.
The bottom two have a different number of splines and diameter.
If you are interested, here is a set of GTI axles
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but likely you won't run across those, as they're from the MK1 GTI and uses a slightly different carrier bearing and length.
The diameter of the axles is the same and splines match the bottom two in the earlier picture.
Rare these days.
ssgti/89 and several others have done the swap.
He uses his car daily, so you might want to PM him for advice.

Post a few pictures as you go.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:01 pm 
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you have to remove the dashboard and entire engine to do a proper job. the auto transmission shifter and cables have to be fully removed and the cable hole has to be filled. i cut the nipple off the plate and used bondo with a steel back grill to make the cover plate smooth. then the transmission shift cable hole for the 5 speed needs to be drilled out, the nuts and half inch knockout are already on the firewall in the inside of the car, remove the insulation and drill the holes for the cable it does not have to be the full size of the knockout only enough for the cable end to fit through. then the computer should be changed because it will give a CEL for not having transmission signal and a different idle speed too. however, the AT computer will work the car fine otherwise.
oh yeah, the cluctch brake pedal assembly also has to be changed.
also the black/yellow wire has to be jumpered to the black/red (could be wrong here without checking) to give computer signal to start ignition system, and you won't need to change wiring harnesses or use a CPP switch .

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:12 am 
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You'll need to get one of these:
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:14 pm 
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hi I see you have a 89 swift gti well I also , at this time mine is down I am looking for the ECM the brain can you help me out call me 503-544-7664 thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:53 am 
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A few weeks ago I met a guy at the junkyard. We were stripping an 89 gti. He took the ecu.

If I talk to him (may be a while as I didnt get his number) ill ask about the ecu.

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