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#1 Snowman

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 07:53 PM

Helped my friend put an EJ22 in his 86 Westy last spring...entertaining project for sure. The conversion went well overall, taking about a week of us dakking with it for several hourse each day, running into a few minor glitches here and there but no big problems. Of course, the engine we got turned out to be a dud and had a rod bearing failure about 1500 miles later, but he got another motor and it now runs fine (just did a round trip from oregon to so-cal and back).

Anyway, my questions concern the transmission. Unfortunately, the rig is equipped with a 3 speed automatic. Seems like a pretty good tranny, but I'm inherently prejudiced against automatics, primarily from a reliability standpoint, but also because of fuel economy. With that in mind, I have two questions.
1. For those of you who have owned VW autos, how good are they? This one seems like a "solid" tranny, but are they reliable?
2. Has anybody here done an auto-to-manual conversion? If so, how big of a deal is it?

Any input would be great. Thanks.

#2 Hondasucks

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 09:56 PM

They are prone to overheating, there is an aftermarket "cooler" available that is little more than a finned tranny pan with a scoop to direct air over it. Try http://www.vanagon.com/

Four speed manual transaxles aren't all that hard to come by, might be interesting to convert though...

#3 ShawnW

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 12:12 AM

I wouldnt say the 4 speed manual is a terrific trans either. Its got a lot of linkage to deal with, and is known for shreading a weak gear but I dont remember which one.

#4 presslab

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:41 AM

The 3-4 slider hub blows up on the manuals.. Mine did. The automatic is probably stronger once you add an external cooler.




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