automatic to standard conversion


Asked by Kelly Jul 31, 2010 at 12:12 AM about the 1996 Dodge RAM 1500

Question type: Car Customization

i have a 96 ram 1500 with an automatic trans, i just bought another 96 with a blown 318 and the 5 speed trans, i bought the truck for the lift kit it has so i can put it my truck, but i also decided i would like to have a standard transmission in my truck, are there any specific things i need to take off the truck with the standard to make it work right in my truck? i know i need the clutch,and the pedal(s), the steering column, what about the flywheel? starter?

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your gonna need a different flywheel, and a completely new wiring harness its more work than converting your 1500 to a 3500 haha, it seems like every thing should just bolt up but it wont because the manual transmission cools differently than the automatic, instead of switching transmissions, why dont you put the engine in your truck into the truck you just bought it'll be a million times easier because the 318 and 360 bolt up the same and last time i remembered they have the same wiring harness

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and see thats what i thought about doing, just swaping motors, cuz ive done that only a million times, but the truck i just bought is way beat up, its only a regular cab, mine is pretty straight, and an extended cab, so id prefer to have the better looking bigger truck, but thanks for the advise


if your truck has a 360 you'll need a flywheel from a 360, 318's are internally balanced and 360s are external so the one on the 318 won't work. You'll probably the harness from the donor truck too, simply for the sensors on the tranny, and maybe the crossmember too. The PCM from the other truck should run yours but it will probably run lean. All in all it's not really that hard of a swap, the cooling isn't an issue, just plug the factor cooler in the rad

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oh well thats retarded, im glad i havnt started the swap, obviously i have everything to do it, but the flywheel, and i just threw one away whe i went and repoed my white one, but yeah mine has the 360 and the donor has the 318, thats just my luck too, get all these great ideas and then something has to fuck them up haha, thaks for the advise though

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I have a Dodge ram 1500 4x4 360 overdrive 2dr - tranny went out can I put a 4 speed transmission in it will it bolt up please help me thank u in advance ~cassie an Trent turner its been down since October of 2013 it was my mother in-laws for 14 yes an we bought it after she passed away in June

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I have a 98 dodge 318 auto and whant to put a standard in it from a nuther truck can it be done if same mortar but trans is different

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I have a 2001 it was a automatic and I put a standard trans in it and it won't start up can cost start it and it will run and drive fine any thing I can do to get it to start with out cost starting it

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I sorry 2001 dodge ram 1500

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Hey rick. To solve your starting issue take ur nss wire it the middle wire on the nss plug ground it out or hook it to a switch it has to be grounded to start ivl done a lot of auto to manual swaps there fairly easy to do people done a lot of post about the swap if any body wants help with swaps I can answer them

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Hey i have a problem with my 2001 dodge 1500 5.9 someone else done the auto to manual swap and it run great but now it quit running and is only firing on the number one and number eight cyclinders any suggestions of what it might be??

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Dodgeman1976, how can i contact you about help on my auto/manual swap?

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I got a question I got a 2006 dodge ram 1500 quad cab is there a chance I can convert the automatic transmission to a manual

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I did the swap and used a 318 flywheel and everything all I did was put pedals in and transmission and flywheel from 5 speed truck run great for me

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Hello, I have a 2002 ram 1500 4x4 4.7L, it has the automatic in it but I would like to change it to a standard, what would I need to do so? Ik flywheel, clutch, transmission, slave, master cylinder, pedal, and interior modification... but do I need to change my computer module? And if so what years do I need to find to do so?

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Take and find the neutral safety switch plug underneath truck close to where main trans plug is in wiring harness .It's a 3 wire plug cut the middle wire of neutral safety switch bare it and ground it to frame s (starter will trurn) And after you change crank sensor You will probably have to change main wiring harness computer on passenger side of truck on fire wall preferably the one from same truck of transmission

Hey dodgeman1976. I have done the swap to my 06 3500 everything is done other than the wiring. I need help. I'm not sure how to get ahold of anyone on here but if anyone can offer help I would really appreciate it. Need to know hat wores go where so I can make it start.

I'm replacing a harness in 2000 3500 5.9 a andars but the harness is from a automatic

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