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Old 04-07-2013, 09:46 PM
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Hey guys, I've been thinking about making my '99 Accord lx V6 a manual instead of an automatic. Does anyone know how much this could cost? Or would it even be worth doing?
(I bought the car with a AEM cold air intake as well so i'm assuming i'd have to replace that)

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:53 AM
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Good luck; I'd love to convert my 2001 EX V6 to a manual, but after thinking through the logistics of finding a transmission which will fit (I'm about 99% positive the unit from the four cylinder models will not), and then the work of setting up the clutch and shifter linkages and their integration with the interior of the car, I gave the up idea as mere whimsy.

At this point I’m of half a mind to keep my eye peeled for a good condition Acura TL 6-Speed.
 
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:09 PM
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People HAVE swapped in the engine & trans from a TL-S.

There's a lot of silly little things you don't realize until you're in the middle of the job. Ideal way is to have an entire TL-S totaled with rear-end damage. Then you can go back to the car & pick off the parts that you didn't realize were needed.

Still, you would have to enjoy the PROJECT and not just be anxious for the end result.

Oh yeah, you should have another working car so you can drive to work while you do the swap. And of course the TL-S kinda looks better than an Accord anyway.
 
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so which tl-s year would go into 01 accord ex?
 
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by flezmobile View Post
so which tl-s year would go into 01 accord ex?
My guess is that there aren't any unless you are prepared for a fair amount of fab work. The above said, the only TL-S models with engines and transmissions which might fit would be the 2007 and 2008 Gen 3 models. If you're willing to go with a regular Acura TL, then that opens things up a bit as a manual transmission was an option (a rare option) for the 2004-2006 model years.
 
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:47 AM
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I'm not sure personally. Search for threads about that swap, or google it outside of HAF? I imagine 2001 for 2001 would work, but I'm not real familiar with when the TL changed generations.

edit: I guess Shipo knows more about it than I do. For some reason I thought the TL "type-S" in some earlier years had a manual transmission on a similar V-6 engine.
 

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Old 06-13-2013, 09:20 AM
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edit: I guess Shipo knows more about it than I do. For some reason I thought the TL "type-S" in some earlier years had a manual transmission on a similar V-6 engine.
I like to cheat; I looked it up.

Per the results of my queries, the first Acura TL available with a manual transmission was the 2004 Gen 3 model. The Gen 1 had a 4-Speed automatic, the Gen 2 had the same 4-Speed for 1999 and then a 5-Speed automatic for 2000 through 2003.
 
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:55 PM
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Most people don't understand the gravity of this project. I converted an 89 Mustang 5.0 from auto to 5 speed years ago when the AODE failed. There are tons of little things that just keep popping up needing to be done. Wire harnesses, nut bolts retaining clips, cables, etc. At the end, unless you have a serious attachment to the car, i'd say sell it and buy a manual. I wouldn't do it again, and it's nowhere near as hard on a rear wheel drive V8 from the 80's as it will be on a newer front wheel drive.
 
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