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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-14-2001, 06:30 PM
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Taller 5th??

Is the conversion of the 92's fifth gear(which is .795)to the taller 89's fifth gear(.865) a hard thing to do?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-15-2001, 11:29 AM
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Re: Taller 5th??

Most folks just change the entire tranny. The 5th gear ratio was changed in 88 I believe.

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I agree with Scott. Changing the whole tranny will be much easier than just the one gear.

Quite likely, it might also be cheaper to pick up a whole tranny than just buy the one gear new from Suzuki (or other).

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Re: Taller 5th??

FYI,
In the NA market
86-88 Samurais have the 0.795 fifth gear
88.5-95 Samurais have the 0.865 fifth gear

You'll actually need two gears-the 5th gear and the 5th counter gear. Both are quite easy to get to once you have the tranny out and pulled apart.

Like the others, what I suggest is to find a tranny with the fifth you want, rebuild the sucker (easy if you've go access to a press), and bolt it in.

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Re: Taller 5th??

I got an extra transmission when I bought my Zuk. Is there any way of telling which year or overdrive it is by looking at it? DG.

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Re: Taller 5th??

as a rule of thumb (in my opinion), look at the drain plugs on it. if its a bolt style (that screws in the tranny), its a older one with taller 5th, if it is a flush plug that has a 3/8 square in it to remove it, it is most likely a later model. THIS IS NOT A PROMISE, BASED ON MY EXPERIENCES this has proved true.
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What Billy Bob said about the drainplug type holds true on all I've ever seen too.

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Re: Taller 5th??

I believe Billy Bob is correct on his ID definition. I have 6 Samurai transmissions-the ones with the 0.795 fifth have the big 1" hex nut whereas the one 0.865 fifth have the 3/8" adapter. From what I recall, these filler/drain plugs are not interchangeable either.

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Re: Taller 5th??

Billy Bob:

Which tranny should I use with 31" tires? The early 88 (0.795) or the later 88 (0.865)?

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Re: Taller 5th??

I edited this BTW..
Just to throw a wrench in the ID, My 90 trans is identical to my 87's As to the drain plugs. 90 has the lower 5th too. I am going to go back to my 87 trans after a rebuild so I have the taller 5th now I have 4.62's..

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