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Old 09-06-2009, 07:00 AM   #1
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5 speed swap in '99 9-3

Two weeks into driving my B234R Stage III setup I really want to be able to row through the gears. I don't mind swapping parts and some fabrication, what do I have to get together for parts? Will an NG900 transmission work? What clutch would be recommended for my power level, and should I get an LSD while I'm at it?
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:48 AM   #2
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i think its a bolt in job...not sure, all you would need is all clutch and 5 speed related pieces to a 5 speed car
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:49 AM   #3
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yeah, there shouldn't be any "fabrication" necessary.
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The hardest part may be making holes in the firewall for the clutch Hydraulics.
I am not sure if the automatic has those holes there or not.

Nick T. has a template on his website somewhere for which holes have to be made for the hydraulic clutch conversion. Using that template it shouldn't be very hard.

Although I hear it is much easier to make those holes without the engine in the car, but it is doable.

other than that, everything else should bolt up fairly easily.

A ng900 trans will work, but if it came with a cable clutch you will have to do away with the cable bits. Plus a 9-3 trans has a few upgrades to it, and it should have the upgraded shift linkage as well.

Make sure you buy a new slave cylinder, this is not a part you want to skimp on. A new one is cheap enough and will save you from dropping the trans when a used one fails prematurely.

A Spec stage2 disc and a Viggen Pressure plate should be good combo for what you have.
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The holes surely are there but plugged, like on my C900

For NG 900 type sure you need to punch a hole for hydraulics since they expected a cable there instead

what about ECU, does it control the tranny also?
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The holes surely are there but plugged, like on my C900

For NG 900 type sure you need to punch a hole for hydraulics since they expected a cable there instead

what about ECU, does it control the tranny also?
Yea I kind of figured, I was just a bit unsure.
I knew the c900's have the holes....that's an easy one to swap!
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9000's have the holes also...really easy swap...plus its nice to be able to pull the engine through the top with no issues...
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Thanks guys. I don't mind dropping the subframe out again, I'm getting good at it actually. No fabrication though? I want more welding burns....
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Every automatic ng900 has all the provisions for a manual tranny. If you search on here, someone just successfully documented the swap and needed minimal parts past the transmission and related components.

Definately don't skimp. One thing I have learned is to do it right the first time, always works out better.
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get a 9-3 transmission and have an LSD put in while it is out. and yeah the viggen clutch should be a good choice for your power levels.
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i'm most likely going through with the swap too. only thing that has me worried is the whole nss thing and getting the car to start properly.
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Death disaster and a new reason to drop the cradle.

So I took my car to Virginia for the long weekend, beat an Rx8, WRX, Mazda speed 3, Jetta IV Vr6 and a few other cars on the highway, but blew it up on the way back. Yes indeed, nine hours from home with a oil spewing flaming hole in the side of the block. Luckily I had some primo fiji water to douse the OPEC flames. Negotiations are being made with the junkyard and hopefully I will be back boosting and blowing up stuff soon. I suppose I shouldn't be beating on this car but why make power if you don't use it?
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wow that sucks.

Good luck with repairs.

A hole you say? Do you have pictures?
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So I took my car to Virginia for the long weekend, beat an Rx8, WRX, Mazda speed 3, Jetta IV Vr6 and a few other cars on the highway, but blew it up on the way back. Yes indeed, nine hours from home with a oil spewing flaming hole in the side of the block. Luckily I had some primo fiji water to douse the OPEC flames. Negotiations are being made with the junkyard and hopefully I will be back boosting and blowing up stuff soon. I suppose I shouldn't be beating on this car but why make power if you don't use it?
How did you manage that one?!
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So I test drove a cobalt SS for a state inspection and couldn't help but notice that it had an LSD in its 5 speed. Has anyone swapped those into an OG9-3? I like the idea of an LSD and not having to tear into the case and shell out the big bucks too.
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