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Old 04-17-2006, 06:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is for anyone at home searching.

Keywords! Transmission, removal, benchpress

Sure, sure, I read the weight Jeff Lucius listed in his guide (125lbs), and then I read around here and started thinking. 125lbs can't be that bad, I mean, I've had girls that must weight about that on me before, I've picked them up, how hard can this be? Some dudes on the internet said they could do it!

So, I dropped the tranny down this morning in a "controlled fall" (thanks XtremNiteCrawlr) onto my chest and immediately began my frantic, yet careful escape from my cars epic attempt to crush me!

I managed to pull it out from below the car, and heft to my truck to take to the trans shop, but WOW. NO WAY am I going to be able to lift that thing back up into there that way. You guys must be jacked if you actually can carefully lift, align, and get that tranny back in with pure arm power alone.

I'm about 5'11, 195lbs, not in horrible shape (just lost 40lbs), and this is my warning to anyone else attempting this for the first time. REALLY consider the suggestion of a transmission jack or a way to wench it from above.

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Old 04-17-2006, 06:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I watched Adam (AdamVR4) bench my trans in and out of the car. He's not huge. He used his knees to get the transmission back up to kind of hold it for a second from what I remember. He's really fast at doing it that way though....it's pretty crazy.
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm 6'2 175 and I usually have no problem benching it DOWN onto my chest and rolling out from under the car.

Benching it back into place is a LOT harder because you have to control it and twist the damn thing 40 degrees to get the hump in. Then on top of that you gotta make sure the shaft splines line up, then if you have the rps c/c you gotta make sure you leave no weight on it.

Putting it back in is a 2 man job, or if you have a nice tranny jack or cherry picker it's a pretty easy job.

It's a LOT easier if you lower the front motor mount. It puts the engine at an angle and makes sliding the tranny up in there a LOT easier.

It took all of 30 seconds for me and another guy to put it back on with the front motor mount bolt pulled and the engine resting down a bit. I couldn't believe it. It usually takes me 10-30 minutes depending on how much of a bitch it is to rotate the hump into place and get the splines lined up.
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Default Re: To whoever's indicated benchpressing the tranny in and out

I've done it that way myself, with a tow strap wrapped around, me pushing it up into place, then the tow strap tightened from above to keep it steady when mating it to the engine. It's not terribly hard.
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Two jacking strap + 2 x 4 between struts + hydraulic jack and it will go right back in without much fuss.

No mental / physical stress. Plus - you can stop for beer whenever you want!


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Old 04-17-2006, 12:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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guys i think i found a pretty cheap solution if you have a hydraulic jack...

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...70_19795_19795
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guys i think i found a pretty cheap solution if you have a hydraulic jack...

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...70_19795_19795
IMHO - It would get in the way. You really need the tranny free to rotate as you hoist it up into position.





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Old 04-17-2006, 12:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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well i work on some other cars besides 3sis so i think i might get it and keep you guys updated on how it works out ;-)
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Old 04-17-2006, 01:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: To whoever's indicated benchpressing the tranny in and out

2-ton hoist FTW.

Has more uses than just installing the tranny, so it's not a waste of money by any means.

But yeah, I had my hoist holding the tranny most of the way up, and pushed it the final few inches up and in on arm power alone...

Never doing it that way again. 125lbs of dead weight in such a tiny package is murder.
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