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Old 11-11-2010, 08:11 PM
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6 speed to auto swap

I'm wanting to put an automatic in my dad's truck that is currently a 6 speed. Anyone know if the wiring harness will need to be changed or any other bs like that? Sorry if this is a "re-post" but i searched quite a bit and found nothing. so thanks for any info.
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First time ive ever heard of someone wanting to go from a 6 speed to an auto.

Youll have a line a mile long of guys wanting to do the complete swap with you so no problems finding what you need.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:57 PM
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I never could understand that... There's a reason an auto is an OPTION, it's because it's BETTER.
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I never could understand that... There's a reason an auto is an OPTION, it's because it's BETTER.
Opinions are like...

I'll never give up my manual.
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I like having more control over a large load behind me. Don't need to ride the brakes and don't need an exhaust brake.

There's no better feeling when driving of having total control of when you shift. And come on, the sound of changing gear!

The stock clutch will hold a lot longer with more power than a 4r100 will. And an upgraded clutch is far less than a built trans. Remember the ZF6 in our trucks is a medium duty trans.
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ok. Here's the deal. buying another truck with a 6speed in it. I'm puting the 6 in mine and my auto in it. The auto was recently rebuilt and a triple disc converter in it. My dad has never had anything nice to drive with a/c and not having to work on it all the time. He bought me my truck for me as a graduation gift. While he still drives his old p.o.s. 92 2wd 12 valve with no a/c, f'd up tranny, and leaks oil everywhere. So the least i could do for him is this. I always hear him talk about how he misses his 4wd pickups he has had but sold due to bills. I just want him to have something nice for once. So what will it take to swap them??? His will stay stock, and mine is slowly getting more power. So I think the auto would be better in his.
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If years wheelbases and options match just a matter of swapping parts, the farther apart they are the more work. Options don't match then you will need to reprogram the PCMs rather than just switching. Wiring harness should be plug_N_play, if I remember the harness you will need to pull them back to the fire wall. Need to swap the rads for the cooler and the lines will be a PITA but doable. Wheelbase may mean driveshaft issues depending on rear output types and carrier bearing placement. You have both trucks so it will work but there will be some minor issues to work out.
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Thanks Andy. That helps out alot.
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ok. Here's the deal. buying another truck with a 6speed in it. I'm puting the 6 in mine and my auto in it.
Well, shoot. I would have done the swap with you!
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Also if there is an anti-theft chipped key involved you will need to find out what to do about that if you switch columns for the shifter. I know you don’t want to dig that anti-theft box out of the dashes, they are designed to be very hard to get at.
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