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I'm considering converting my 2002 C2 from automatic trans to manual trans.

1) Getting a manual transmission is the easy part. Does anyone know if I need to replace transaxles? i.e. are the lengths different or are the mount locations the same between auto and manual transmission?

2) I assume the manual trans will mount to the frame with the existing auto trans bolt and fastener locations, is that true?

3) Is it easy to replace the auto matic shifter to a manual shift assembly? I'm most concerned about routing the shifter control wires through the body, is that easy to do?

4) How hard is it to add a clutch pedal? I've found the assemblies online, but have never installed one.

5) Where can I source the clutch hydraulic lines that run between the master and slave cylinders?

Any other gotchya's that I need to consider before stepping into something over my head?



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I've done this on old VWs with hardly any electrics. As this is a modern car crammed full of electrics all communicating tot he ECU I'm sure there will be a few things to change electrics wise. I'm pretty sure some engine gubbins such asthe intake system are also different. I reckon the list of parts to change over will get very long very quickly. Thats my guess anyway :)

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We have looked that this a couple of times, and while we never ended up doing one (too costly) I have talked to a couple of shop owners that have done them. They are time consuming, expensive, and simply not worth the effort. You either have to source most of the hardware from Porsche or a wrecking yard, you end up with only a few items that are resell able, and the value of the car becomes diminished because of the transplant. In the end, the owners of the cars swapped over came to the conclusion they should have just sold the existing car and bought one the way they wanted it...............

Can it be done? Sure; but the question becomes “should it be done” as seems it ends up with “the view not being worth the climb".

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Sell your car and buy a manual. (or live with the auto) This project will spin out of control fast. I am planning on doing this to an older car I own (81 DeLorean). It's not a cheap task, even for a car pre-computerized. I have procured most of my parts and will do most of the work myself. On this car, I can't imagine the complexity.

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I appreciate the feedback, but I should have provided some background because some of the options like 'sell your car and buy a manual' are not very useful. I've torn apart a 996 and replaced the gas engine with an electric motor and battery power. You can read more about it on my blog here: http://kurtsprojects.blogspot.com/

I've already got a lot of time and money into the project, I'm not concerned about spending more of either as this is a hobby. Any insights into the questions would be greatly appreciated.

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