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Old 07-05-2006, 09:25 PM   #41
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Some more thinking out loud... (have a highway trip coming up in the next couple of weeks, which gets me thinking about aerodynamics and gear ratios)
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Old 07-05-2006, 09:30 PM   #42
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Indeed, you should be fine, my jump was even bigger (I forget the gearing on the auto right now) but it's not even an issue. I think you'll love it,
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Old 07-05-2006, 09:44 PM   #43
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So I'm kind of "gaining" another gear. The stock tranny 5th gear/diff product is actually slightly shorter than the product of the 4-cyl tranny's 4th gear/diff.
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Old 07-06-2006, 05:15 AM   #44
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Just do the swap already.
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Old 07-06-2006, 11:43 AM   #45
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Tell you what - I'll go pick up the transaxle from Ivan's garage tomorrow. Maybe I'll do it this weekend. I have all the research done & bases covered.
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Tell you what - I'll go pick up the transaxle from Ivan's garage tomorrow. Maybe I'll do it this weekend. I have all the research done & bases covered.
YAY! Maybe we'll be working on our transmissions at the same time.

I still need to fix my axle seal.
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Old 07-06-2006, 12:20 PM   #47
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I figure the timing is pretty good for this weekend. Project ForkenSwift is on hold for a week while Ivan works on his driveway (paving stones). Might as well check something else off my list while waiting to resume that...
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my OEM odo/speedo will go wonky if I do the swap
Are you sure? The cluster in my Aunt's Metro is identical to mine (with the exception of the trip meter). I assumed the gear on the speedo cable was just a different size to allow the same cluster to be used regardless of engine/transmission...???

But of course I could be very wrong.
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I deleted the word "motivation" from the thread title. Started working on the swap this morning.
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Lunch time break. So far, only 2 minor snags.
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