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    Thread: 020 Manual Swap FAQ/DIY

    1. Member vwnut18t's Avatar
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      09-09-2006 03:30 AM #51
      The trans will work, you just need to get the proper mkIII mount. The pedal assembly will have to come from a mkIII though. I have a complete peddal cluster if you need it. $75 shipped and its yours. You will have to get mkIII mounts though if your car is infact the 98 gls. The axles are close in sizes but believe me you have to get the propper size for your application. Read through the entire thread and you will see everything you will need to know about the swap. I am sure we will all chime in if you have further questions.

    2. 09-09-2006 07:26 AM #52
      Tranny will bolt right in with your MKIII mount. No problem. The MKII axles will not work. You will need MKIII. Find out what the tranny code code is, and I can tell you what flange size and what the final spindle size is. You may or may not need to swap out the flanges on the tranny diff to match the axles. Not a big deal, but you don't want to be surprised when you get into it. Clutch pedal, cable, linkage, and shifter will have to be MKIII.
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    3. 09-10-2006 04:18 PM #53
      can you use the axles that are on the car with the automatic?
      or are the axles for a manual longer/shorter

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      09-10-2006 05:12 PM #54
      No you cant use the automatic axles. They mount differently than the 5spd axles. You will need to get different axles. If it is a standard tranny with 100mm axle cups then just ask the parts store for axles for your year car. Unless you have a doner car then you can swap everything over.

    5. 09-12-2006 11:53 PM #55
      The white and yellow wire is covered with a black insulation. So it looks like a large black wire. There's 2 of the large black wires. Both are not used after the swap. So cut into them. If you get the red and green wire first, cut into the second one. It will be the white and yellow. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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      09-13-2006 12:05 AM #56
      Quote, originally posted by Cyclopath »
      The white and yellow wire is covered with a black insulation. So it looks like a large black wire. There's 2 of the large black wires. Both are not used after the swap. So cut into them. If you get the red and green wire first, cut into the second one. It will be the white and yellow. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      I cut into into it and believe me it was not there ...inside the car. I went through all of them looking and it just was not there so I went the other way...it works so I'm happy!


      Modified by ayton at 10:57 AM 9-15-2006

    7. 12-26-2006 11:02 PM #57
      Quote, originally posted by 5speedT »
      Did you ever have a problem after the 5 speed swap with your brake pedal switch? After my swap I dont have brake lights? The switch sits like 2 inches away from the pedal.

      I kept the original auto brake pedal. Alot easier than swapping out the whole cluster and doesn't create new problems. I've driven cars with auto and manual brake pedals. Didn't notice any difference. And I have a size 12 shoe.
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    8. 12-27-2006 07:06 PM #58
      and I thought I busted something on my brake light switch.
      To fix it, I first bent the bracket a bit and then I plastic welded some material onto the end of the switch.
      Maybe I did break something? But it has worked for the past 6 months.

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      12-27-2006 07:15 PM #59
      Quote, originally posted by ayton »
      flush and fill the tranny with fresh lubricant and also do the seals. GAP sells a "kit" for like $50
      For the $250 you already have it will get you the clutch kit and the above stated install kit.
      may as well do the flange seals also....another $25 or so for both sides.

      thanks ayton

    10. 12-28-2006 02:43 PM #60
      having a complete donor car....what do you guys recommend i buy new, such as seals, new parts that will likely be too worn, etc. Apart from the parts from the donor, will i need to buy anything else as replacements?
      i'm only going to have a max of 3 days to do the swap so i don't wanna run into a small problem because i don't have the time to order something and wait for it to come in, so i just want to be prepared ahead of time.

    11. 12-28-2006 03:39 PM #61
      Quote, originally posted by Jg022 »
      i'm only going to have a max of 3 days to do the swap so i don't wanna run into a small problem because i don't have the time to order something and wait for it to come in, so i just want to be prepared ahead of time.

      Stuff that took me the most time was messing with putting the clutch cable in and dealing with a couple of bolts I broke which set me back a day. It took me 4 days because I had to wait on some parts I had overnighted.

    12. 01-04-2007 08:32 PM #62
      Quote, originally posted by ayton »
      I also changed the coolant flange today and re routing the coolant hoses was simple.
      It looked harder than it was, I didnt have to buy anything special either.
      I had a length of 3/4 in hose and I used about 16-18 inches to tie the coolant bottle back into the coolant pipe coming from the heater core.
      DONE.
      It looks very clean and since it was roll bought hose it had some curve already in it...no kinks or sharp bends to worry about.

      Is this the part i'll be needing?
      http://www.germanautoparts.com...117/7
      (the one for a manual transmission)
      I don't really understand what you are rerouting since you are taking away the auto tranny, and putting in a manual tranny which doesnt need the coolant flowing through it. I though you would just be left without that hose nor a place to plug them into.
      more details/help?

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      01-05-2007 08:31 AM #63
      Quote, originally posted by Jg022 »
      Is this the part i'll be needing?
      http://www.germanautoparts.com...117/7
      (the one for a manual transmission)
      I don't really understand what you are rerouting since you are taking away the auto tranny, and putting in a manual tranny which doesnt need the coolant flowing through it. I though you would just be left without that hose nor a place to plug them into.
      more details/help?

      Yes that is the part you will be needing.
      Basically as far as re-routing what you are actually doing is doing away with one of the outputs on the coolant flange.
      You have a line in and out of the tranny cooler on the AUTO but when you convert to manual you no longer need those lines so instead of the coolant bottle feeding the tranny cooler BACK into the head you just go from coolant bottle back to the pipe.

    14. 01-05-2007 03:28 PM #64
      I have a donor manual car...could i take the coolant flange from that one and put it into my car for the time being? Shipping the part to get here by saturday (tomorrow) is going to cost ~40 for a $10 item.
      I have a full auto shop to do the swap in but i have to be gone before monday so i'm trying to see if i can just swap the part from the donor or will removing it and putting it on a different car weaken the seal too much?

    15. 01-05-2007 05:18 PM #65
      Just connect the two hoses from the tranny cooler together. Piece of pipe inside the tubing and two clamps. That's whet we did when the cooler crapped the bed.
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      01-05-2007 10:10 PM #66
      you can swap the flange from the donor as long as the O ring is good you"ll be fine. its plastic just make sure you dont wrench on it too hard or it will crack on you

    17. 01-07-2007 10:02 PM #67
      Hahaha. I know what you mean about the camera. After I got started, my hands were so dirty, I wasn't about to touch my camera. Wish I had the wife document it. I'd be a superstar. Pretty much did the swap with no prior knowledge of what I was doing. One of the early pioneers. Ran into all kinds of snags. Hopefully I and alot of other people have shared every possible problem you can run into. I dropped the subframe to remove the auto tranny. Throwing the manual in from the bottom with the help of a ATV/motorcycle lift was a piece of cake. Got a crap-ton of tools. Plus a compressor. I would not recomend swapping out the whole pedal assembly. Unless you have alot of patience and time. Just pull the short shaft out, and throw the longer manual shaft in with the clutch pedal.
      Andrew I Johnson May 25, 1985 - September 30, 2011
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    18. 01-11-2007 07:21 AM #68
      that's the tranny bracket right?
      etka has: 1hm199353B

    19. 01-11-2007 12:15 PM #69
      Hmm i just found it on 1stvwparts....but:
      Engine / transaxle - Engine and trans mounting - Mount - Bracket Left
      Manual trans 1995 - 1999
      Engine / transaxle - Engine mounting - Mount - Bracket Left
      Manual trans - 2.0 liter 1993 - 1994
      Engine / transaxle - Engine mounting - Mount - Bracket Rear
      Manual trans - 4 cylinder gas 1996 - 1999
      What are the dif's in these parts, they are the same part number (1HM199353B) ...some are left and some are rear and they are for different years

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      01-11-2007 12:28 PM #70
      they are all the same ...if you have access to an MK2 you can use that one too

    21. 01-15-2007 02:37 PM #71
      MAN that plastic piece between the pedals and all the wires/fusebox is such a crap-ass m'effer....it wasnt that hard to take it out on the donor car, i dunno why my car hates me.

    22. 01-15-2007 06:26 PM #72
      just pry it out w a screwdriver.

    23. 01-15-2007 07:09 PM #73
      Well, got the clutch pedal in today...sorta....the only difficult parts was taking out the plastic cover thing, because i didnt realize that there was a clip on the top also holding the cables, so i kept pulling and nothing.
      Also i'm having trouble figuring out the spring and where it mounts on the car (not the pedal)...for now its in somehow but i'm pretty sure thats not how its supposed to go in.
      overall, i spent about 5 hours doing it all, including going to home depot to buy a work lamp and some zipties for the spring, and also didnt have my bentley with me because i left it at the shop
      So if anyone wants to be nice and scan/post the page dealing with the spring so i can see how that goes.

    24. 01-15-2007 09:55 PM #74
      If you look at the very top of the bracket for the pedal assembly ontop where the clutch pedal sits youll see a small notch cutout. There is a white nylon pivot that is supposed to be there for the pedal to sit into, the end of the spring that has the protuding pivot(bottom), then the top part of the spring rides on the peal arm.

    25. 01-15-2007 10:06 PM #75
      Yea i know the white nylon "groove" sits in on the pedal side, and on the wall there is a metal bracket that sorta pops out with a notch cutout in it but the notch is smaller than the stub on the spring.

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