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Old 06-24-10, 09:30 AM
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I am starting my W58 swap into my SC 400 today. I have all the parts and am ready to go. Are there any areas of the swap that people would like a little more photographic views of? Red Phoenix has a great write up I don't want to duplicate, but will try to clarify if it is fuzzy in any areas for some.
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I'm planin to do this later on! so i'll be folllowing your write up!! good luck!
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Please figure out how to bypass the CEL for the tranny. I mean not to out black tape on top of the CEL or taking off the led bulb underneath either hehehehehe .
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Where in BC are you? I'd love to join u and watch this happen. Very interested to see this and am cusrious to see if I can make it happen for my vvt-i..
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CEL, I shlould be able to get that figured out. Once I am done and driveable, I have a very good friend who has his own mechanics shop and he is an electrical specialist. So should be able to deal with those gremlins and will post up solutions.
Location. I live in Fernie, about 10 hours from Vancouver, so I doubt you would want to make the trip.
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CEL, I shlould be able to get that figured out. Once I am done and driveable, I have a very good friend who has his own mechanics shop and he is an electrical specialist. So should be able to deal with those gremlins and will post up solutions.
Location. I live in Fernie, about 10 hours from Vancouver, so I doubt you would want to make the trip.
Damn, yea definatly too far. Good luck though, you'll have the first manual SC in BC if not Canada!
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Im doing mine soon to so be very clear and specific with details Thanks man
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Got everything out. Some of the tricky spots were figuring out the 3 bolts under the material in the bottom of the console armrest container. Getting all of the wiring unhooked from the tranny. Spinning the torque converter to get to all 6 bolts, (jacked up the tranny to open a space to get a socket on the bolts, and used a longish drift against the "fly wheel teeth" and dead blow hammer to spin the torque converter). Feeding the throttle cable down as I lowered the tranny, (tight clip on the back of the engine so I push-pulled until just the wire was at the clip and could get through the thin slot). Some other notes: needed 140 psi with the impact wrench to get the exhaust off the cats.
It was impressive the quality that goes into these cars.
Now I have to decide if I will try to put on my headers while I have the tranny out. For those who have put on headers would this help a lot?
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Keep us updated! Great start!
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id probably try to get the headers in now. since its more open. i just got my howe throwout in the mail today. ill be making way with this swap as soon as im home from vacation.
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Tranny in and diff out. Putting in a LSD 3.76 from an Aristo. Now to start working on the pedals. So far been pretty straight forward and any perceived gaps in Red Phoenix's ultimate thread is self explanatory when you get there. In others word there is very little to add to it and it has been a huge help. Thanks Red Phoenix.
Due to time constraints I did not put in the headers

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Tranny in and diff out. Putting in a LSD 3.76 from an Aristo. Now to start working on the pedals. So far been pretty straight forward and any perceived gaps in Red Phoenix's ultimate thread is self explanatory when you get there. In others word there is very little to add to it and it has been a huge help. Thanks Red Phoenix.
Due to time constraints I did not put in the headers
If you haven't done the clutch pedal already, and unless you are a short person (might help), get a second person to help you with it. One to push in the master cylinder while the other pushes in the pedal assembly. I tried for a while and failed very angrily by myself. That was the worst part of the whole install imo.
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I will try myself, but have someone on speed dial if really needed. I am trying to do it without any help. I like working by myself on projects.
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Post tons of pix.. Those are always cool to see..... And thanks for tackling the CEL for tranny with your mechanic friend... I will definitely keep an eye on this
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