Alright a little backstory first.
I've been dealing w/ a rattling dual mass flywheel since I bought the truck in November. I finally bought a 13" valair flywheel and a clutch at the end of January. I had it put in a local transmission shop because I don't have a tranny jack and it's tax season and I don't have time to deal with it. When I picked it up it was like a new truck. The clutch pedal was sooo easy to press down and it drove like a dream. The only thing is it was making a noise when it was in neutral w/ the clutch released.
I took it back to the transmission shop where I had the clutch installed and of course they couldn't have done it, and I couldn't prove they did so I'm stuck w/ it. I called Dan at Valair and he told me that noise was normal after a SMF swap. It was too dang loud though...so I took it to another shop and it turns out that the..
1. the front bearing is shot
2. the 3-4 syncro is in the bottom of the pan all chewed up
3. the 1-2 and 3-4 shift rails are messed up and need to be replaced
I verified all this yesterday w/ my own eyes. The tranny shop wants 2300.00 dollars to rebuild it. Am I getting ripped off here? I can get one rebuilt w/ a year warranty online for 1300.00 dollars.
Also, yesterday I looked at the tag on the side and it said the ratio was 4.14-.77. I looked this up and that is a gas engine ZF5 ratio. What's the deal there?
I can get a zf6 for 600.00 bucks, and 6 gears are better than 5 lol. I thought about going this route, and I've researched a whole bunch of info on the web about the swap, the only thing is I have a 650 dollar clutch and flywheel that I don't want to have to sell because if I read correctly the ZF6 has a bigger input shaft.
Sorry so long, just wanted to get all the info on here.
Any input on this guys? All opinions are welcome