Join Date: Nov 2009
My Ride: 1986 Daytona Turbo Z
Engine: 2.2 TII
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Re: Transmission Swap
To do the swap, you will need the following
From interior to exterior - starting at the console
Remove console, replace auto gear indicator with rubber boot (stick consoles were different)
Remove shifter, replace with MATCHING manual shifter (there were 4 or 5 different shifters, more on this)
Replace pedal assembly for a manual set with clutch pedal
Remove plug in firewall and install manual clutch cable
Remove auto trans cable and replace with manual trans cables
Remove automatic trans and torque convertor/flexplate
Install flywheel, clutch, Pressure plate
Install new axles
Install new wheel bearings/front hubs
Install tab at k-frame for bobble strut mount
Like stated, there are 5 manual transmissions, in order from weakest to strongest (all transmission numbers are superceeded with the letter A)
525,520,523,555,568 (two different 568's, one 1990 only, and one 91-93)
The 525 uses it's own shifter, unique to all the rest (84-86). The 520 and 555 use the same shifter (87-89) and the 523 and 568 use the same shifter (90-93) The same info goes for shifter cables.
The 525, which would have been your stocker, would use the same axles as your auto. If you don't plan on beating the crap out of the car, just swap it in, as these are usually abundant, and dont tear on it.
Any other transmission, uses bigger axles, so you need to source axles for it, as well as swap the wheel bearings, at the minimum.
So, you'll need -
Shifter - matches transmission
bobble strut tab (not necessary)
clutch cable - for a daytona
Axles - if not using 525 trans
wheel bearings/hubs - again, if not using 525
Also, one last thing. Because the car has a neutral safety switch, you will have to take that wire (the center wire on the reverse light plug on top of your transmission) and ground it to the battery/block, otherwise the car wont turn over (so I was told)
I am not sure if the sensor will see you are in neutral if it is installed in a manual or not, never tried it.
That should be all you have to do.