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1.6 16V swap manual VS auto - cost diff nill?
I was doing some thinking about a 1.6 16V auto swap. I love the idea of an auto off road for ease of drivability. I was thinking about it and it would be about the same cost. The adapter plate for the 1.6 to the stock tranny is $150, plus the $150 for the new clutch kit = $300. I've seen some tracker auto's go for about $300 -$400 so that's pretty close to the same amount. I know I would have to trim the tranny hump a bit. How much longer is the auto? (3 speed or the OD one) I read that some one did one of these swaps and said that it was "sluggish". I find that somewhat hard to believe considering that they use them on the longer wheelbase / heavier trackers and they seem to drive fine - not mentioning the fact that the 16V has twice the HP and more torque than the 1.3. I'm not trying to make a drag racer anyway - just a more user friendly off road vehicle. Most of my wheeling is in the mud and tight trails - no rocks for me. Anyone have pics of this swap? I was going to go with a Ford 2.9 and C4, but I really don't want to have to fab a ton of stuff, plus the 1.6 combo would be lighter.