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Kicking around the idea of doing a manual tranny swap down the road. I only have 4500 miles on mine and simply HATE automatic trannies. Plus I tow often enough to want to be able to put it whatever gear I want and roll and not worry about over heating or something going wrong.

So what I am thinking off the top of my head would be. I did this on a 2nd gen PU a couple years ago, but they were much simpler.

  • 5 speed, clutch & flywheel out of a 2WD Tacoma (don't want or need 4WD or plan to do an SAS
  • Pedal assembly
  • Clutch master & slave cylinder, hard lines, etc.
  • Redo the crossmember I assume

One other thing is the computer thinking it still has an automatic. On the older ones it was a separate computer and could be removed without an issue. On the Tacomas I assume this is not the case.
 

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Any idea on a way to get the CE light issue fixed? That would drive me nuts. Maybe run a computer for a manual trans if there is not a separte puter for the auto like in the older models.

Was it pretty straight forward? Any tips???
 

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junglecode said:
You can get the '05 with manual transmission, but you also get that Ford Explorer look. It's still cheaper to stick a manual tranny in there. Like this.
Nice work! Did you do a 4WD conversion or just planning on a future SAS?

Going to start looking into this more and more. Only thing I would want to do different is use a 2WD tranny and not mess with the tcase since I don't need it.
 

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i would think that the 4wd transmission would be stronger.

just curious, why wouldnt you want 4wd?
 

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If I wanted 4WD I would have bought a 4WD. No reason to have one on a DD where I am. It might get used 1-2 times a year, but I can get by w/out it for sure.
 

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obex26 said:
The 05 does come with a Manual in EX and DC models they are at the stealerships here.
I looked at them Saturday. Prerunner DC's are not avilable with a manual, Acess cabs are however. Only had 3 Acess cab's, TRD, 4x4, manuals on the lot and man it that a ripper compared to the 3.4 IMO. Sure wish I would have waited....dealer sure wished I wanted to trade my 04 in already as well
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you realize the 4wd tranny is stronger? You could just get a 4WD trans, and have no front driveshaft. Also, you're gonna have to modify your current driveshaft to fit any manual tranny. Good luck, Wes
 

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Why do I need stronger when this V6 is the same V6 as in the 2WD's??? This will never be a wheeler or a SC'ed pavement pounder.

Plans are on hold anyway. Have to liquidate all my toys and debt so I can start a new life on my own. So I really have no reason to do this as I won't be towing anymore
 

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You cant use a 2wd V6's transmission because of the gearing. They are made for smaller tires. If noone has said it, pretty much make sure (if you do it) have a donor vehicle. You can take the drive-shafts, tranny, and anything lese you want. I am kind of in the same spot as you, 99 TRD prerunner. But I think I'll save up a few more g's and buy a TRD 4x 5spd.
 

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Regear the rear axle and make up for that easy enough, if the 2WD tranny is geared that much differently.

My situation has changed a lot recently so no swap happening for me.
 
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