Help with manual swap - Dutchess County NY

MJRHAVOC

Member
Joined
Sep 6, 2018
Location
Lagrangeville, NY
TDI
2003 Jetta, 2003 Golf
2003 Golf TDI ALH Auto, I am looking to do a manual swap. Where is the best places to find parts and is there anyone local who has done this?
 

hskrdu

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Oct 17, 2003
Location
Maryland and New England
TDI
2003 Golf GLS 4D 5M, 2015 GSW SE 6M
The two TDI specialists closer to you that I would suggest are Mike McCann at 413 Auto in Westfield MA, and Mike Hevner at M&M:


If you don't have an 02J waiting, then start checking the F/S here, on CL, and FBM. Read the auto to manual swap threads, and visit the website for coolairvw: http://kansascitytdi.com/

Otherwise, parts are best from a vendor that supports Fred's:
IDParts
Marquette Auto
Cascade German
Etc.
 

bringsaber

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Joined
Apr 29, 2021
Location
Hudson Valley, NY
TDI
1996 Passat
There is also People II in Highland which is relatively close to you. The trusted mechanic list has them as possibly closed but he is just there later in the day from what I have experienced. Might be worth calling, he has a load of older Volkswagens at his shop and might be able to help parts wise too.
 

MJRHAVOC

Member
Joined
Sep 6, 2018
Location
Lagrangeville, NY
TDI
2003 Jetta, 2003 Golf
They never answer the phone....!

There is also People II in Highland which is relatively close to you. The trusted mechanic list has them as possibly closed but he is just there later in the day from what I have experienced. Might be worth calling, he has a load of older Volkswagens at his shop and might be able to help parts wise too.
 

FXF

Member
Joined
May 7, 2021
Location
NY
TDI
2013 JSW 6MT
It really wasn't that hard to do on my old 2003 Jetta 2.0 gasser. First to 02J, later upgraded to 02M. I followed a TDI 5 speed swap guide that I found on this forum which was close enough.

I used a 2000 donor car for the 02J swap, and moved over the axles, shifter and cables, and possibly the left side trans mount. I retained the auto brake pedal because it looked like a pain to change. I mounted the clutch master cylinder and hung the clutch pedal without removing the pedal box. Cut the crimped off nipple on the side brake reservoir to supply the clutch hydraulics. Adding the clutch switches was a bit of wiring but nothing too difficult. Disconnected the TCM under the cowl and used VCDS to re-code CAN Gateway accordingly. As far as I remember, I had an auto gauge cluster with manual gauge overlays to cover up the gear indicator. In my case having a gas engine I needed a different ECU to eliminate rev hang, but I remember reading somewhere that the TDI ECU can be re-coded to manual. You need to drop the exhaust to get the auto shifter out, and put in the manual shifter and cables. The existing center console works with the manual shifter boot.

I might have a couple of 02J axles if you want them. I'd have to look.
 
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