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Old 08-27-2006, 10:46 AM
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pipe dream

I have way too much on my plate right now to be going after something like this, but I was reading threads about manual tranny swaps, and differential swaps into W123s and I had a vision of one sweet ride. What about a 6 speed manual tranny with a tall rear end (like 2.88, less?) in a 300TD. This could get around acceleration/driveability problems because you have all the gears, and still give you comfortable RPMs at comfortable (80+mph) speeds. Does anyone who knows trannys around here have any idea what the feasiblity of this would be? What could I do with a custom adapter plate? I wouldn't be able to go for something like this for some time, but if the body is still good when the drivetrain conks out, or if I find another vehicle to drop an MB diesel in, something like this could be on the menu... but for now its just an exciting pipe dream.

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Old 08-27-2006, 11:44 PM
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it would be cool.

but it would also be a challange i think.

although the newer benzes are offered with six speed manuals. so there may be a way to do it.

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Old 08-28-2006, 12:35 AM
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The 602 and 603 would have more options for trannies. They have the starter wart on the left like most later models.

You want lots of gears to choose from? The Lexus LS460 is coming out with an 8-speed automatic...

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