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Auto to Manual Swap Paid lesson

tdihopeful

Veteran Member
Joined
Oct 23, 2008
Location
California
TDI
03 2dr 5sp Golf
Is there anyone here that would be willing to do a manual conversion to an auto and allow me to watch and learn how to do the same. Also other drivetrain related work such as a 4 motion install and tuning work I would like to learn. I can't afford to pay a lot but maybe we could work a deal. Please let me know. Returning to my goal to learn every nut and bolt on a TDI.
 

wildn

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Oct 19, 2019
Location
Ventura,CA
TDI
2002 Jetta TDI wagon AT
Is there anyone here that would be willing to do a manual conversion to an auto and allow me to watch and learn how to do the same. Also other drivetrain related work such as a 4 motion install and tuning work I would like to learn. I can't afford to pay a lot but maybe we could work a deal. Please let me know. Returning to my goal to learn every nut and bolt on a TDI.
I'm not saying I know anything but I've been looking to do a swap with some help or learning too, wherein CA are you, I'm in Socal.

All I've been able to find in my research are the write-ups on the forums and there's a 3part youtube video that shows a little bit of the swap on a gasser.
 

tdihopeful

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California
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03 2dr 5sp Golf
Gotrek you're tripping. I don't have a manual or auto. I'm looking for a TDI expert to teach me how to swap a manual transmission into an automatic car. Wildn I live on what's considered the Central Coast. Approximately 200mi north of L.A.
 

tdihopeful

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03 2dr 5sp Golf
Wildn maybe if we could get together another couple of guys and get all the parts needed together in one location we could hire a pro mechanic from here on the forum or otherwise and pay them to do a sort of TDI clinic.
 

tdihopeful

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03 2dr 5sp Golf
My budget isn't very big and that's why if we could assemble a small "class" we could split the cost of hiring the "teacher" maybe we could find a teacher that would work for beer.
 

wildn

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2002 Jetta TDI wagon AT
Wildn maybe if we could get together another couple of guys and get all the parts needed together in one location we could hire a pro mechanic from here on the forum or otherwise and pay them to do a sort of TDI clinic.
Im in ventura, like 60 miles from LA/ 30 from Santa Barbara

'm in for that, as far as trans sourcing; Canada catalyst has 5spd swaps sold for cheap. And the copart near me has an '02 stick jetta for sale.
 

tdihopeful

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Found 02 Jetta that needs trans for 1,000 or less. Thought if I could get the swap on the cheap that'd be cool. We still would need to find a person to help I'd say. Unless you're very confident in what you do know. My mechanic abilities are very good but I also don't want to be taking a bunch of time to do it and don't have a location to do such a swap. Wouldn't work to be just doing it in a WalMart parking lot maybe.
 

rwtags

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new york
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VW 2000 Beetle
Let me tell you as I just ripped my o1m out of my beetle this morning.
You do not need a teacher, those guides are excellent. Some electrical stuff I have not started yet, but its doable with a two people and on jack stands. I would rate it about a 6/10.
Getting that auto out is a pain but once it's out it's a relief! It's like 170 pounds or so.

If you do it yourself, you need to push that motor about 5 inches forward and drop it down about 6 inches and it just slides out.

To lift the manual in, I used two ratchet straps on my 2x4 I laid across the fenders and just loosened and tightened them to lift it from the ground up, then a jack on the back to rotate it and it slide right in.

Make sure you disconnect the flex pipe and cat so you dont ruin the flex pipe when moving the engine. Just dive into it and you will learn, ask questions we can answer them!
 

Louie710

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May 15, 2019
Location
Northern California
TDI
2003 Jetta sedan 2002 Jetta wagon
Buy the jetta that needs a new transmission, get the 5speed swap kit, bring it all to yuba city and ill teach you how to swap all of that out
 

tdihopeful

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Thanks rwtags though when you mention guides I'm not certain, are you referring to Haynes, or is there a VW factory service manual? Louie 710 Thanks.
 

tdihopeful

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I don't know if that car sold. When you mentioned a 5 speed kit are you referring to wildn's post. Is a "kit" a junkyard transmission for example with all nuts/bolts and what else is needed essentially?
 

tdihopeful

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What is a Triptronic like? Durability and is it a compromise between Auto and Manual meaning does it shift like a manual in manual mode and automatic in auto? It is a manual shifter with automatic actuation functions no.
 

tdihopeful

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03 2dr 5sp Golf
I looked at 6 speed options for the ALH from what I read the 2005 year transmission bolts up though there are auxiliaries that need to be swapped as well. Why not 6 speed if bolt up? That or 5 speed with taller, 5th?
 

Aleon66

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Jun 15, 2013
Location
La Habra ca
TDI
2015 Passat
hello i live in orange county I'm trying to put a 2.0 cja in a mk 1 truck bought donner car but now I've been told the 6 speed trans lhd in the 2011 Jetta
will not work so if you find some to help i am willing to pitch in to join you i now the basic of working on cars so i can help a little my issue i want to make sure what i buy will work and i want a 6 speed I'm ok with buying part of kit or having to fab some parts i don't know much about part that interchange but if you find someone hopefully he can help me out as well hope thanks ART
 

wildn

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Ventura,CA
TDI
2002 Jetta TDI wagon AT
I looked at 6 speed options for the ALH from what I read the 2005 year transmission bolts up though there are auxiliaries that need to be swapped as well. Why not 6 speed if bolt up? That or 5 speed with taller, 5th?
Heres what I've been looking at for reference, they're a Canadian company.


also, this video series gave me a little idea of what it was like to do the swap

 

tdihopeful

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Thankz wildn I wonder if the cost of that kit is from shipping the transmission from Europe. It seems like those parts could be assembled for less than 1,500. I can see where I would just go with the kit from that outfit in the link there. The cost would be offset by the cheaper price of a car needing a new trans.
 

tdihopeful

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May have found a Jetta Wagon with an Auto transmission thats in working condition but that "needs work"
 

wildn

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2002 Jetta TDI wagon AT
Thankz wildn I wonder if the cost of that kit is from shipping the transmission from Europe. It seems like those parts could be assembled for less than 1,500. I can see where I would just go with the kit from that outfit in the link there. The cost would be offset by the cheaper price of a car needing a new trans.
I think I've been misreading this the whole time, you want an auto trans to put in your manual? If so my Jetta is an auto
 

tdihopeful

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Nope want to do a 6 speed swap to the auto. I was saying I think I may have found a good base car. An 02 TDI Jetta Wagon. Have not heard back from the seller yet and the car is in Oregon but looks clean and is what I'd like to work with. If I can get that car I'll probably start sourcing parts for the trans swap soon after.
 

tdihopeful

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03 2dr 5sp Golf
Purchased a 2003 Jetta Wagon with 5 speed. Gonna be a while before I mess with the gearing project. Probably won't 6 speed it ever. Maybe a taller 5th eventually. I have a Diesel Geek tool kit and Bentley now. After I do a timing belt or two perhaps maybe a timing belt failure rebuild I'll feel more accomplished as a VW Mechanic... Got a while before guru status.
 

pkhoury

That guy with the goats
Joined
Nov 30, 2010
Location
Medina, TX
TDI
2010 JSW DSG, 2013 JSW 02Q, 2004 Golf 02J, 2003 Jetta Ute 02J swap, 2003 Golf future 02J swap
At least you picked up a 5 speed. I flew out to So Cal last month to pick up my 2003 ALH Golf, and finished the 5 speed swap two weekends ago (it actually got my BEW transmission, originally from an ALH, but because that transmission had my Peloquin limited slip installed).
 

tdihopeful

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California
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03 2dr 5sp Golf
pk, Pelokin what? I know a little about a lot of things but not what a Peloquin is. I've heard of a limited slip differential and limited slip clutch on Moto GP bikes is this whats know as a "slipper clutch"? What is the purpose? High Horse Power application?
 
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