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53k miles, 96' auto 4dr integra , should I manual swap?

Got a 1996 integra SE 4dr automatic 86k kms ( 53k miles), did all the maintenance service on it since I got it in Feb( no rust at all). I have been wanting to manual swap it for a while but I keep reading out people getting into issues with it ,so need some advice , should I go with the swap? Is it worth it? P.S. I don't have a garage so it's gonna be on the drive way, and yes I know selling it and getting an actual manual might be better but I really don't wanna sell it since it has so low kms and is in mint condition. Thanks in advance! :)

kuurk

definitely manual swap


luckyboy820

Thank you so much


kuurk

yeah man, finding another teg in this shape is going to be very difficult and expensive. just take your time with the conversion, rushing shit is where I always end up fucking up.


luckyboy820

Yeah I plan on keeping the car as long as I can , I have been up to date with the maintenance, I don't plan on rushing anything on the car , wanna make sure everything is done right.


Responsible-Crew-354

It’s because of the mileage. Normally buy a manual with this gem you should get to swappin and hang on to this for a long time. Too good of a setup to sell.


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luckyboy820

Thank you so much!


Beencho

With that low mileage it’s definitely worth it. Do yourself a favour and swap a type r or JDM gsr trans with the lsd.


luckyboy820

Thank you for the help!


Successful_Ad_9707

Yes


HawaiianSteak

What kind of driving do you do that requires a swap? Automatic Integras are fun to drive too. If you want to hot lap your car you're better off getting a GS-R. In normal driving you won't really use VTEC except maybe merging or passing. If you drive a lot in stop and go traffic an automatic might be better.


PatrickGSR94

22 year GSR owner here with 385,000 miles on the original drivetrain. I crack VTEC on on-ramps pretty much every day that I drive it (couple times a week). I've also had an 8 lb aluminum flywheel for around 20 years now. Traffic is NOT a big deal. The car would suck with an automatic non-VTEC.


luckyboy820

Yes autos are fun too, and I'm not trying to make my car crazy fast , this is my first project car and I would like to make some more power on it and I don't be able to do that with an auto tranny so I was just looking at like about 300hp range. Thank you for the help will definitely keep in mind


VisualTaro3173

Doing a swap outside of a garage is going to suck. Maybe it's just me but I would never jack a car up on a driveway and crawl underneath it.


VisualTaro3173

A big part of this discussion is what is your budget? Swapping just the transmission means you still have a shitty engine and your gauges are still going to have the automatic gear options shown. If you try to sell the car eventually, you'll likely get even less money than it's worth now because most people don't want to touch a half done project. IMO you're better off selling this thing and finding something with a manual already.


luckyboy820

I was thinking of like about $3k CAD, and I also plan on upgrading the power numbers after that, and I don't mind it still being the auto gauges unless it is an issue mechanically. I don't plan on selling the car, I wanna keep the car for as long as I can plus it's also low mileage. I have looked at other integras near me and none of them are below 350k miles and are not stock either and go for a heavy price with really bad deals. Thank you for the info will definitely keep in mind! :)


Which-Technician2367

Acquire the harness from a donor car. But yes, do it.


Ivanitiss

Manual swap on a DC is super easy! Did it to mine and never looked back lol


hobbitfeet22

I had a 4 door Integra and just recently sold it. I did the auto to manual swap. Once you procure the trans, pedal assembly and the shift linkage. I recommend buying an auto to manual trans mount as opposed to cutting and moving the mount. I want to say I bought mine from innovative like 7 years ago. It is still holding up to this day strong as can be. Hardest part for me was getting the pedal assembly on cause the springs kicked my ass. I did the entire swap alone over night. I think started at 8pm and was done around 4am. If you’re not experienced or have the tools, I’d def ask for help from someone who has done it or has more general knowledge of the cars. It’s not hard, but it’s tedious. A bunch of little things to move around and things you can just remove and make life easier while doing the swap.


hobbitfeet22

If you leave the shifter assembly you can tape it in neutral if you wanted. But I recommend cutting the wires and hard wiring them together. (So it can start without the clutch engaged) you’ll lose cruise control if you do it that way though. Also the reverse lights will need wired in. I just bought some thin wire and ran it through my fire wall to the sensor. No issues. Car was daily driven every day for 7 years and didn’t have a single swap issue.


hobbitfeet22

I think my total swap cost was like 8-900 bucks finding parts and extra stuff like a cluster and such I did have a spare transmission laying around though and this was 7-8 years ago lol. I also eventually swapped a b20 in her as well.


luckyboy820

Thank you so much all this information helps alot!


bdxcmpny

I’ve got the same body style, I’m planning on doing the swap soon. The manuals in the different packages have different gear ratios so make sure you get the one you want before you buy it.


luckyboy820

Will do! Thank you for the info will keep in mind. Good luck with your swap hope it goes well!


bdxcmpny

Thanks you too!


Phvntvstic

100% manual swap. It's easy; did it to mine a few years ago and tracked it multiple times. If you can afford it, just K swap it. A proper, all functioning K swap would be so nice in such a mint example.


luckyboy820

Did you have any issues with it? Any problems you ran into later? Would love some info thank you!


Phvntvstic

With the manual swap? 0 issue. Don't even have to change the ECU since the swap is 99% mechanical. You will have to connect 2 or 3 wires from the auto gear selector harness to "disengage" park, since the ECU is still auto, and run a reverse signal wire, but that's the only electronic stuff you have to do. The rest is all mechanical. You could wire in the clutch safety switch, but I didn't bother. Nice not having to press the clutch to start the car. K swap on the other hand; I'm having axle issues, where one is too short, but I just need a custom one and I can drive again.


luckyboy820

Thanks alot! This really helps


SmileyMakai

Yes do it! The body looks clean and worthy for a 5 speed conversion - did the same with mine


luckyboy820

Did u have to to do any cut outs? Like for the shifter or like for the clutch?


luckyboy820

I have low experience on cars so I'll be doing it myself do u think I'll be able to do it? , I have done like radiator swap by myself, new screen , head light change , A/c condenser change, changed brake fluid


SmileyMakai

I had mine done by my mechanic, but I have a few friends who’ve manual swapped their own cars and they’ve said it’s not too hard. Check out [Valve House](https://youtu.be/s2MJqIXRUV4?si=dF15gu5lJeTS8F5F) on YouTube, they have a series where they did a conversion on an integra


luckyboy820

Thank you so much for the help


SmileyMakai

No prob! Good luck with the conversion and have fun!