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Replacing the 5MT with an automatic

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by CoastieTX, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. Feb 18, 2019 at 12:45 PM
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    CoastieTX

    CoastieTX [OP] Active Member

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    So, my truck is 21 years old next month and has 166,XXX miles. It is going to probably need a new clutch someday. I’m getting old and I believe the clutch in my truck is aggravating my knee. Instead of getting a new clutch when the time comes, would it be a crazy idea to just replace it with an automatic?

    Would something like this be a “plug and play” type of thing, or would my truck require all kinds of modifications to make this install possible?
     
  2. Feb 18, 2019 at 12:46 PM
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    BartMaster1234

    BartMaster1234 American Auto Horns

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    You’ll need a lot of modifications to get this to work. New ECU, transmission harness, re-weld the transmission crossmember, etc. It is far easier to go to Manual from Automatic rather than the other way around.
     
  3. Feb 18, 2019 at 12:47 PM
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    v5ensx

    v5ensx CARB legal is not CALI legal

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    Sell it and buy an automatic
     
  4. Feb 18, 2019 at 12:55 PM
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    CoastieTX

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    Yep, that’s the right answer. If only I liked the new Tacomas..

    I’d have a heck of a time trying to find an automatic first gen as nice as mine, I imagine.
     

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