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Old 11-10-2019, 10:12 AM #1
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A few 5 speed swap questions

Iíve been considering doing a manual swap on my 97 recently and have a few questions for those that have done it

Iíd really like to get an entire donor vehicle but finding a junk 5 speed within a reasonable distance seems almost impossible, so is there any source where I can buy the engine wiring harness and ecu? And do they have to be from a 97 or would a 96 or 98 harness work? How about from a Tacoma? I understand the ecu plugs are different between the years but would that still be a problem if I am using the matching wiring harness?

Another thing I wanted to know, could I use a Tacoma as a donor vehicle, they seem to be more plentiful, but would things like the pedals and drive shafts work?

And finally will this be drivable with my Aussie locker or should I consider going to a selectable, I really like the lunchbox locker and the street manners are excellent but Iíve heard it can be harder keep from chirping tires with the manual

Thanks for any advice, Iím just trying to determine if I should keep looking for an appropriate donor vehicle or just piece together components from junk yards as they become available
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I would recommend finding a donor vehicle. That way you will have every part you would ever need for the swap. You would probably want a 96 or 97 as they changed a lot of the wiring in 98. You can swap the whole ECU and engine and dash wiring harnesses or change the ECU connectors and repin them. Either way is quite time consuming. Swapping the whole harness means taking the dash out, but guaranties that everything works, because everything just plugs in. You should be able to find some rusty gold in PA for a few hundred bucks.
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The rusty gold is disappearing around the state.. I seen quite a few people doing 5 speed swaps. It's a shame Toyota removed manuals as an option in their 4 runner lines. :[

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this is true, while junk 4runners are out there manuals are super rare, which is why i was interested in using a tacoma as a donor since they are more common. I check craigslist and facebook daily, and I'm willing to travel a fair distance

I agree about being disappointed that toyota doesn't offer a manual in the new ones, if there was a bare bones manual model offered i would go and get a new one, but until then I prefer the older ones
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Off of a Tacoma you can use:

Pedals
Clutch hydraulics
Bellhousing
Transmission
Transfer case (as long as it's the right one you want or a j shift)
Shifters
Clutch / flywheel
Front driveshaft
Floor boot plate
Possibly wiring harness/ecu if you match it up

You'll still be missing

Rear driveshaft
Interior trim piece

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Part of the reason for being more rare is because only 2 to 3% of the last years up to 2000 were manuals sold in the United states. :[


Keep us posted. Why not create a build thread for your conversation? That way you have a timeline for yourself. :]


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Thank you for the help everyone, I will definitely start a build thread when I start this project, I probably should have started one already but I havenít taken any pictures of the stuff Iíve done and my 4runner is really a rusty old jalopy compared to a lot here, but the good news is it drives and runs amazingly since I have way more than itís worth into it so I might as well swap in a manual since Iíll be keeping it for a long time
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