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Old 04-01-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Automatic to 6speed MT swap...I know, I know.

I know that this question has been posted numerous times here on TW. BUT, can it be done? And more importantly, HAS it been done?

I'm close to being able to afford to pay cash for another vehicle. I'm sick of vehicle payments and for the first time in my life I make enough money to pay cash for a truck.

With that being said, I want to buy something that I'll be happy with for at least the next 10 years. I'm not a trend chaser or a keep-up-with-the Jones' type of guy. I'd be content with driving a currently 5 year old vehicle for the next 10 years if it were configured EXACTLY as I want it.

I'm really leaning towards a 2009 Pyrite Mica DCLB. I love the DCLB but the only thing that sucks about it is that Toyota only offered it in an Automatic. Which to me, was a bonehead move on Toyota's part. But whatever. I used to have an XRunner and I loved the 6speed manual but I hated the XRunner itself. I promptly sold it. Later on I drove a 6Speed TRD 4WD Sport Tacoma and loved it. I procrastinated and it sold before I got serious about trying to buy it. But having had an XRunner, I was too fond of the Access Cab. I don't have more than one passenger so it wasn't an issue of passenger comfort, it was a matter of passenger compartment cargo room. I work for a railroad and travel is an occasional requirement of my job, which I like. Today, I drive a 2005 Radiant Red PreRunner DCLB. I love everything about it minus the radiant red (nice color just doesn't hold up well), the automatic and the lack of 4WD. When I bought it I needed something in a pinch. For being 2WD its gotten me far off road. A little weight in the rear and decent tires and its pretty sweet. But its not 4WD and I like to go places where a 4WD is a necessity. I like having the extra foot of bed too. For camping and offroading, its nice to be able to have all that room for gear. Also, in my opinion, the long bed looks better on the truck then the short bed.

I welcome all feedback. Feel free to critique, flame, insult, suggest, praise, complement, etc.

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2009 Toyota Tacoma DCLB Pyrite Mica TRD Sport 4X4
6 speed manual transmission swap
ARB Air Lockers - Front and rear.
TRD Supercharger
6 inch lift.
FN Wheels BFD 18x9 Bronze Wheels wrapped in BFG A/T KO tires.
BLHM, Non-Sport Hood, Satoshi Grill, Debadged.
Front, differential and driveshaft skid plates
Extang Revolution Tonneau Cover
Heated Leather Seats - front and rear
JL Audio Componets and Amps. 12" Subwoofer in stealth box.
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Mulling over all this it sounds as if it would cheaper to get a DCSB 6 Speed and just do a bed extension. I remember reading about a company that took a current gen Tundra Crew Max and extended the frame to accommodate the 6.5 foot bed.
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sounds like you having money burning holes in your pockets, all your wish list items are doable assuming money is the least of your worries. The trans swap could be done if you had a complete donor car (i.e. rolled over taco thats been totaled). You would the trans, flywheel, clutch components, pedal components, engine ecu, and wire harness
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Just get the auto
No love for manual?
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:31 PM   #6
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If you're intent on making the truck offroad capable, I would strongly encourage you not to do a 6 inch drop bracket lift. Look into a nice mid travel set up. You'll get much better performance offroad and more clearance.
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If you're intent on making the truck offroad capable, I would strongly encourage you not to do a 6 inch drop bracket lift. Look into a nice mid travel set up. You'll get much better performance offroad and more clearance.
The extent of my offroading would be Rollins Pass, CO in winter or the bentonite hills in Wyoming in the Big Horn Basin. I figured a MT or LT would be appropriate for serious rock crawling and similar types of offroading.
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No love for manual?
I used to drive a manual truck for 14 years before this truck and I was like you , disappointed about not being able to get a DCLB in manual , but the 6' box was more of a deal breaker for me than the tranny and I'm glad now I did get the auto , shift when I want , don't when I don't want to
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sounds like you having money burning holes in your pockets, all your wish list items are doable assuming money is the least of your worries. The trans swap could be done if you had a complete donor car (i.e. rolled over taco thats been totaled). You would the trans, flywheel, clutch components, pedal components, engine ecu, and wire harness
I've even pondered at the idea of a D4D diesel swap...

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Hey OP...when the madness really sets in and you go for it (YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!), turn this into a build thread.
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I used to drive a manual truck for 14 years before this truck and I was like you , disappointed about not being able to get a DCLB in manual , but the 6' box was more of a deal breaker for me than the tranny and I'm glad now I did get the auto , shift when I want , don't when I don't want to
This. Personally I think a 6 speed in a DCLB would suck offroad. That long and light back end means you'll be breaking loose a lot with a stick. Plus the auto is stronger. Yeah if it breaks, they're a ton to replace. But the autos haven't been breaking. The 6 speeds have. Flame on!
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This. Personally I think a 6 speed in a DCLB would suck offroad. That long and light back end means you'll be breaking loose a lot with a stick. Plus the auto is stronger. Yeah if it breaks, they're a ton to replace. But the autos haven't been breaking. The 6 speeds have. Flame on!
There's a lot of badass DCLBs on here. First one that comes to mind is Spoonman's Superwhite build.

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sytfu510's Indigo Ink build is sweet too. It's VERY offroad capable.
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Hey OP...when the madness really sets in and you go for it (YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!), turn this into a build thread.
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Oh I'll be sure to chronicle whatever I do, here on TW. Right now I'm in the R&D stages of it all. I've had Tacoma fever for a while now. Just haven't had the right medication after all these years. The 3rd quarter of 2013 will be the start of something awesome. Until then I'm in money saving mode and weighing out all variables and options.
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I have two tacomas, one with each tranny. If the end of the world was tomorrow and I had to choose which truck to take, I would take the 6speed. The auto is by no means bad it is just "odd" to me.
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The extent of my offroading would be Rollins Pass, CO in winter or the bentonite hills in Wyoming in the Big Horn Basin. I figured a MT or LT would be appropriate for serious rock crawling and similar types of offroading.

WY!!! And im in the Big Horn Basin


Anyways i agree..i wouldn't go through all that and put a DB lift on it

A MT kit is GREAT! Will ride awesome pretty much everywhere, looks great will some 33s and by the sounds of it take you everywhere you want and beyond.

Id go full MT. Will be great for a DD/Weekend warrior.
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WY!!! And im in the Big Horn Basin


Anyways i agree..i wouldn't go through all that and put a DB lift on it

A MT kit is GREAT! Will ride awesome pretty much everywhere, looks great will some 33s and by the sounds of it take you everywhere you want and beyond.

Id go full MT. Will be great for a DD/Weekend warrior.
Can you provide me some links to some builds with good MT setups.

I was working in Greybull for about 3 months. I work for BNSF Railway. I was in Casper for about a month too. Got recalled to Beaumont, TX because its gotten super busy. Good for the wallet though! First chance I have I'll try to get back to Greybull.
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Can you provide me some links to some builds with good MT setups.

I was working in Greybull for about 3 months. I work for BNSF Railway. I was in Casper for about a month too. Got recalled to Beaumont, TX because its gotten super busy. Good for the wallet though! First chance I have I'll try to get back to Greybull.

Cool man!

Im in Powell. Just hit up the Big Horns this weekend.

anyways. Yes. Just a second..

Probably the best example..
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...ort-build.html

Other then he has kinda a Overland/Expo thing going on too..but suspension wise i think this is a great way to go.
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