totten wrote:HOPE YOU READ Jwoods auto to manual swap here in Drivetrain Mods. Great information to help you. It's at the top of page.
flydex28 wrote:Thanks Jerry, I'll make sure to re-use it. I noticed there was a picture in the FSM of the spacer but I don't think it specified between auto and manual.
I made a little progress this week. I ordered an ECU from a 2002 Manual Trooper from a salvage yard in Colorado and it came in. I was going to have my current auto ECU re-programmed but figured this would be easier. So I pretty much have everything I need know I think. I also finally got that dang drivers side exhaust off. Took a few weeks of spraying the manifold to downpipe bolts every few days before they would finally come off with an impact wrench. I'm glad those bolts didn't shear (I think they are actually studs), I don't know how I would have gotten them out. Probably would have had to try and remove the exhaust manifold. I'm pretty sure you cant get the AR5 back up in there with the exhaust in place due to the bigger bell housing. I barely got the auto out.
I also got the master cylinder installed but I still need to install the clutch pedal assembly. The clutch line I had made was 48 inches and its a little too long. But for $85 I'm going to have to make it work. I routed it under the master cylinder and made a loop that circles around the front and then back down along the frame where the other hard lines are. It is just hanging there now until I get some hose clamps to hold it in place.
Another issue I have come across now is routing the wire harness around the bellhousing where it comes out from below the starter. The AR5 bellhousing is bigger and the auto harness is thicker so you have to stretch it around the edge and thru the heat shield that bolts to the bell housing. I'm wondering if I can cut off wires that go to connectors I wont need (or remove them), to make the wire bundle thinner. It also looks like I might need to fabricate some sort of heat shield for the slave cylinder like the stock one had. Mine didn't come with one.