To an extent I can agree with that, I haven't heard of any being bad from Frans, he must go through them pretty well to verify that they are in good shape (knock on wood for my DUK )He took just as much risk with a used v6 tranny as he would a euro tranny. Seems most of these longitudinal 5 speed use the same bearing part numbers as well as synchros. The difference is in gearing. So one is not really any stronger than the other.
I wonder how good a warranty exchange from Europe or the UK is?
I did a near identical conversion but splurge on the 45 lbs flywheel. Really wish i had gotten a little less aggressive clutch as the fx300 is a little harsh for sipping my morning coffee in city traffic. Also did my tune where i think he's easing it into gears on a stock ecu.
I'm quite happy with my v6 tranny.
Perfectly fair question in light of all the nonsense. Haha! There's no two ways about it, someone who has a larger budget, the imported transmission, and flywheel and clutch either imported or from whitebread is definitely the way to go. For someone on a budget, I still think sourcing parts state side is a very viable option. As far as what I would change in light of my still tight budget, I would have not messed around with that original 6 puck solid flywheel/solid disc combo. That's good for racing, not for street use. I would have opted for one of the solid flywheel/sprung disc combos from the same company I did get this setup from. They actually have fantastic customer service and they really helped me out with getting a new pressure plate and solid organic disc to fit their flywheel. The other thing I would change is simply waiting until I could afford to get the ECU tuned. I think the rev hang coupled with that super aggressive disc was keeping the input shaft spinning a bit much even with the clutch disengaging properly which is what has been causing my transmission failures....that or simply just 2 bad transmissions in a row. Regardless, I'm now just being very careful of how I am shifting, being sure to let the revs come down first. So yes, after this experience, I would change a couple things to alleviate the down time and save some money on the deal. Surprisingly though, the added cost of all this madness has still not been anywhere near enough to add up to the cost of importing the parts as a kit. Haha! Now that everything seems sorted, and I'm sure it will be even better after tuning, I really enjoy this car. Compared to the 2004 Jetta TDI I was driving in the down time, this car rides so much better and has much nicer power delivery and more of it all together!Not trying to be a dick, but genuinely curious, since I haven't seen this thread in a while.
You went through 3 transmissions a ton of downtime, and are probably over your original budget. Not to mention all the aggravation that I'm sure you went though doing all the work yourself.
Would it not have been worth it to wait and save up a bit for the proper parts, all conveniently shipped in a kit, that you could have installed once and be done with it?? While I know budget was your main motivator for going the route you did, I'm just wondering if you would change anything to get to the same or a different outcome.
Either way I hope your car is running up to your standards, and you're enjoying it. Mine has been amazing since converting/tuning it. Just don't get carried away with that new found fun lol
Glad to see you got a DUK with a nice clutch setup, let me know how you like that setup. I love the DMF and clutch I got from frans when I originally did mine, only comment I've gotten on it from a buddy of mine who drove it was that its fairly heavy compared to his stock 2006 Jetta.Yea, will do. I'm sure it will be great. I'm interested to see how it will effect the fuel economy. What do you normally get with yours?
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