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2002x 10-01-2008 11:20 PM

Manual to auto conversion - worth the time and $$?
I have a 2002 X with 36,000 miles. The manual in it is getting rough for me to shift in stop and go traffic every morning with a bad hip and the wife is pressuring me to sell and get an auto so she can drive it.

Is it feasible to switch it out to an auto without a ton of hastle or should I just sell and find one that is an automatic?

Triple88a 10-01-2008 11:32 PM

Ask Jerry, he switched. He'd be the man of the top of my head that would be able to tell you what he had to do. If its all stock though, I wouldn't mess with it, i'd just get a new one.

Giancarlo 10-02-2008 12:17 AM

i want a manual lets do swap:)

Jerry Bransford 10-02-2008 11:49 AM

I did exactly that earlier this year and it's worth every minute of the time to convert to an automatic, especially if you enjoy doing tougher trails. I did a trail last year where with my 5-speed and 4.88 gears, I couldn't make it up three rock (dry) waterfalls and had to be winched up all three. This year, I did the same trail after completing the conversion to an automatic and needed no winching up the exact same three desert rock water falls. That is due to the added torque and the torque converter you get with an automatic.

You could do the swap in a long weekend if you have all the parts. If Giancarlo lives close enough, go for it. The transmission is a 32RH which is what is in GIancarlo's '97, it bolts right up. You swap your flywheel for his flex plate, pull your pilot bearing, and bolt it up. You would need a different computer for a '02 TJ with a 4.0L engine and automatic, yours wouldn't work and neither would Giancarlos because his is a '97 which has different programming. The wiring for the torque converter is already there, no wiring needs to be added or changed.

It's a great swap, I'm digging my automatic.

Giancarlo 10-02-2008 12:39 PM

im not hitting extreme trails... just trails we find and beach driving... i started my love for jeeps in a manual down the shore with the top off and doors when i was 15... i just would really love to swap because the im not wheeling hard enough to where a manual would lead be my weaklink

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