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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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I did this swap on my 4wd. the only prob you will have is the check engine light on. sounds like you got the parts list right. Mabey some interior trim though.



Ryan
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???
Why not just trade it in on an 05? That one comes with a manual tranny. You already have the payments so whats a few dollars more to ya. Just yanking your chain.
You can FINALLY get an prerunner DC with a manual? WTF was I thinking.

Hmmm trade the wifes 94 4runner in on another new Toyota.. :xdevil:
Bones said:
You can FINALLY get an prerunner DC with a manual? WTF was I thinking.

Hmmm trade the wifes 94 4runner in on another new Toyota.. :xdevil:

before you do that you better get that bumper cap fixed lol
Seriously. Do the new 05's come with a manual?
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.
Bones said:
You can FINALLY get an prerunner DC with a manual? WTF was I thinking.

Hmmm trade the wifes 94 4runner in on another new Toyota.. :xdevil:
I think the DC still comes with an auto
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.
i would think that the 4wd transmission would be stronger.

just curious, why wouldnt you want 4wd?
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.
The 05 does come with a Manual in EX and DC models they are at the stealerships here.
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
:rofl:
you can get an 05 access cab with a six speed manual. I want that tranny for my 03.
Will, Why not just buy the tranny from the stealership it would be alot cheaper then buying a new truck adn removing it.
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
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
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.
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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