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Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 10:58 pm 
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Hi all,

I know there are a hundred threads on manual conversions but i would like to hear some peoples thoughts about conversions that they have done. Pros and Cons, Whether they think it was a good idea or whether they wish they had stayed Auto.

I have a EL fairmont i have the chance to snag a cheap T5 out of my friends ED that he totaled.

Any thoughts, suggestions and stories would be much appriciated.

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Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:05 pm 
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I doubt you'll find any regrets.

unless you like to eat macca's all the time in peak hour traffic don't do it!

 

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Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:08 pm 
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dont know about stories but im about to put one in my nephews ea and im thinking abotu doing the same aswell. lol good luck and have fun.

 

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Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:13 pm 
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Krytox wrote:
I doubt you'll find any regrets.

unless you like to eat macca's all the time in peak hour traffic don't do it!


havent you ever done that before? :lol:

ive managed to have Burger in one hand, chips in the other, drink in the console, driving, steering and changing gears in peak hour traffic haha

 

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Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:22 pm 
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heh,

wow, you risk using the drink holder!

I get the missus to drive.. but all she hears is.. hold it in gear... more more more...... "f'n holden s**t".. eat that! :)

now where was i, ohh chipies :/

 

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Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:23 pm 
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alfy wrote:
Krytox wrote:
I doubt you'll find any regrets.

unless you like to eat macca's all the time in peak hour traffic don't do it!


havent you ever done that before? :lol:

ive managed to have Burger in one hand, chips in the other, drink in the console, driving, steering and changing gears in peak hour traffic haha


It's people like you who try to multi task while driving that causes accidents and everyones premiums to go up :P

I have done one manual conversion on my EL and there aren't any regrets about doing it. It is fun to drive and something less boring when driving around. It just depends if you hate getting on and off the clutch all the time. I sometimes hate driving in peak hour since I go through it everyday, but I would still stick to a manual over an auto.

When it comes to doing the conversion, it is a tedious task to do for the first time but well worth it in my opinion. Should take maybe a weekend if you have all the parts and tools. Also be prepared for cursing, kicking and screaming to get it all done as well as bruises, scratches and lacerations. Once it is all done and the car starts, you'll be quiet satisfied :D.

Only con about manual is peak hour traffic driving and sometimes uphill reversing if you ever have to do that. Besides those, it is fun to drive as well as something else to do.

Do it...you know you want to :D

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Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:30 pm 
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Its accidents and thefts that make the world go round.

Everything revolves around it, In fact, having negligence makes things cheaper!

I guess the only regret you'll have is traffic.

If your partner cant drive manual, upgrade that too.

 

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Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:40 pm 
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Thnks for your responses guys.

Really helps my descision.

More stories appriciated.

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Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:50 pm 
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i did mine about 2 months ago, ive fitted headers and cam and a few other things and by far the best mod ive done so far was put a manual in the thing, ul never look back but yea forget tryna talk on the phone, smoke eat or drink while ur driving

 

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Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:50 pm 
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Only advice i can give is get the box rebuilt first, use a quality HD clutch that isnt tooo heavy and use new clutch cable. Also get the pedalbox reinforced, along with the firewall at the cable hole.

Doing this will save alot of headaches in the future and you wont have to go back to things twice when it couldve been done properly the first time
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Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 12:01 am 
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i didn't get mine rebuilt before it went in...
how much does it cost for a rebuild?

 

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Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 6:17 am 
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Krytox wrote:
If your partner cant drive manual, upgrade that too.


LoL...or just don't let her drive your car ;) safety first haha.

phong =P~

 

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Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 8:19 am 
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Mitch_ wrote:
i didn't get mine rebuilt before it went in...
how much does it cost for a rebuild?


theres a company who specialize in bearings for gearboxes but i forget the name, but it wouldnt cost very much in parts, the labour in pulling everything apart would be the killer.

Mal Wool charge 1500 plus changeover for a rebuilt T5 which is fairly steep.
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Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 7:00 pm 
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Any other stories and suggestions.

 

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Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 7:57 pm 
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Best thing I ever did to my old EA 3 speed was convert to manual. I could not recommend it enough.

Auto Falcons are just s**t in my opinion. Sooo boring to drive.
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