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Sidekick Auto Transmission Swap
05-26-2014, 12:49 AM
Post: #11
RE: Sidekick Auto Transmission Swap
ouch on the lever costs.
try car-parts.com (wreckers)
they have blown tranny but can sell a shifter.

that must have took many miles to break that spring. id have cut the shaft bought a spring and tig welded it back.
but im a sick puppy.

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09-01-2014, 02:24 AM
Post: #12
RE: Sidekick Auto Transmission Swap
Well, just got the upgrades done on the TDi last week and now my clutch is slipping (stage 2 clutch, I might add). Too much power for it. I did Bosio DLC 764 Nozzles, Colt Billet Stage 2 performance camshaft, and chipped the ECM. And OMG, talk about waking up and engine. I'm pushing 140 HP and 250 Torque now. I just THOUGHT it was fun to drive before. Anyway, now I'm trying to decide what to do about this slipping clutch. Do you think the 4-speed auto could be built-up to withstand that kind of power? If not, is there any other alternative transmission (that will bolt up to the TDi and work in the Tracker) I could install instead?
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09-01-2014, 03:44 AM (This post was last modified: 09-01-2014 04:43 AM by fixkick.)
Post: #13
RE: Sidekick Auto Transmission Swap
the TC slips or the clutch packs in the planetary sets slip??????
the booster valve in all A40 boxes have options springs and valves for more torque engines.
the A40, 4speed sits behind 3.5L V6s, and some vans.
also a turbo 99 miata 1.8L.

that 250 torque. is why high.

id run a manual, but that is me. i get no joy from a/t zero.
all it does is waste power accelerating......

the 5speed has show to hold up good on Turbo G16s with over 200 HP. (special clutch sure (staged) ceramic then multidisc if needed.

i think the whole drive line is rated at 200hp
2x spec. engine. for lasting long enough.

there is a book on A40s.
its really on CDrom, PDF
its sold at all A/t parts suppliers

its like 29 bucks. not 200
by ATSG? they do many books like this.
this may have the booster valve options, for power, shown, or at least see the big ones.

http://www.auto-repair-manuals.com/Toyot...anual.html

check this out

http://www.automaticchoice.com/uploads/p...w_0370.pdf

more on a40 facts an modes
real good but is fit ,data not power.
http://bbs.zuwharrie.com/content?topic=113393.20

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09-01-2014, 05:23 AM
Post: #14
RE: Sidekick Auto Transmission Swap
No, I'm running the 5-speed manual now and the clutch is slipping. I'm the guy that was picking your brain about changing to an automatic a few months ago. Yes, I know that automatics waste power, but I'm pretty sure I have power to spare now. Do the transmissions you mention bolt up to the Tracker engine? Also, I guess I would have to change the tailshaft for the TC to bolt up?
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09-01-2014, 07:50 AM (This post was last modified: 09-01-2014 08:06 AM by fixkick.)
Post: #15
RE: Sidekick Auto Transmission Swap
virt.sig: 1993 Suzuki Sidekick, 193K miles, no issue what-so-ever. It is the 2-door JX model, 5-speed, 4WD. now VW powered.


ok, i could not remember which it was. sorry, so its still 5sp, (the a/t clutch packs can slip too. some are 100mm others are 140mm.)
the clutch needs to be rated for such high torque. i have no idea who makes such a strong clutch for a 5sp.
4speeds A/T?
sure they do ,but no 2door and 4wd. in usa, cept x90



the a44DE , at is renamed 03-72LE when it has a Suzuki BELL and a 4wd tail adaptor.
there are also the same for 2wd.


that link
http://bbs.zuwharrie.com/content?topic=113393.20
shows the many wild ways to fit different engines.

any machine shop can cut, weld and re balance a custom drive shaft if need be.
there are 3 drive shafts. but not one for 4speed 2 door, usa.
we have a 2door A/T with 2wd, but not 4wd. here.

the 2dr, drive shaft for 4wd , is sold all over Europe SE416 (vitara's_, and here as x90 suzuki but not here in sidekick(vitara)
also in all of , and Australia , and Asia.

this drive shaft is suz. p/n 27102-57b30

http://www.trademotion.com/parts/1995/Su...eid=215461

the vin tag has body code 68 for engine/trans combo. in those markets.


nice protect ! thanks for sharing.

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09-04-2017, 08:28 PM (This post was last modified: 09-04-2017 08:28 PM by jasminee.)
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The auto's main advantage is also it's main disadvantage... the torque converter. The torque converter actually gives you MORE torque when the vehicle is trying to move, or feels a lot of resistance (such as starting from a stop, or trying to maneuver over an obstacle). This is awesome if you like to crawl over things, but can be a bummer (as there's a little lag time between gear shifts) if you like to rally race. You can bump start a stick, but not an auto. I plan on carrying a spare starter (when I'm 100 miles from civilization) just in case. If you upgrade tire sizes, tow things, or generally "abuse" the torque converter, you MUST get a larger ATF cooler, or risk burning out the trans in short order. Auto transmissions tend to be more gentle on drivelines (especially u-joints, birfs, diff gears & axles), because the torque converter almost always eases the power on (even if only for a fraction of a second) instead of shock-loading as we sometimes do when dropping the clutch.

For what it's worth, I've wheeled in the Rubicon with an automatic, and I LOVED it. No more clutch / break / gas shuffle when stuck on a hill, or while trying to take difficult lines. No more worrying about slipping the clutch, or changing gears in bad spots - I just pick my lines, point the vehicle where I want it, and roll on the gas.

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09-04-2017, 11:37 PM
Post: #17
RE: Sidekick Auto Transmission Swap
100% true
torque multiplication is there.
and useful. for crawling,,
also good for pulling boat out lake, steep ramp, heavy boat, and gutless 1.6L sure.
but an old truck with granny 1st does that, even at idle. (non synchronous it is) (acts like super low in modified transfer cases)
you dump the clutch and hang on,
but if doing that bolder crawl, sure the AT wins hands down,

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