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Old 03-14-2011, 11:02 AM
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junk yard hunting worth it?

I was about to start going to my local junk yard and look for manual parts for my 1998 lude. I figured if i can find a manual trans why not buy it. Its a pull it yourself place but im not sure if it will even be worth my time as im not sure if the parts are worth getting. Prices are pretty damn cheap from what I can remember, they just have a bass price for everything. Have any of yall had good luck doing this? Im sure I can find the pedles, lines, so on for it but the actual trans im debating
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Re: junk yard hunting worth it?

Base*
Pedals*
You all*

I'm not even going to bother with the punctuation and grammar.


Anyway....I'll tell you a story. In my roommates truck, I've replaced his transmission (auto) about 3 times. They were all junkyard transmissions. 3 times. In about a year. Then we did a 5 speed swap. Like 3 months ago. It's already on its way out.


So to summarize, no. The only way to assure yourself that it won't break in a month is to rebuild it, and that requires time and skill. Not to mention once you include the price of a rebuild kit and any other parts, it is actually more expensive than a remanned transmission.
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Re: junk yard hunting worth it?

yeah thats true, sorry about all that though I was on the phone at the office while typing. My brain doesn't do good multi tasking.

I will probably do a manual swap and do it right. thanks for the info
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No problem, I had to bust you for spelling, need to meet my douchebag quota for this month.


Anyway, if you live near NJ, JDM Engine Zone (not depot!) has used/remanned transmissions for about $600, good quality. Pretty sure they do the eBay thing too, so you maybe can buy online.
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Re: junk yard hunting worth it?

This ^ is your best option.

If you can get a good deal, than yeah the pedals, shifter etc you should get at a junkyard. But for the actual transmission - go to a reputable retailer or get a used one and rebuild it.
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Re: junk yard hunting worth it?

I would suggest finding a tranny from a part out with low miles. I did and the guy's wife was telling me about how much he loved and babied the car. That sealed the deal, I was able to get every part I needed apart from the clutch, flywheel, and other aftermarket goodies I bought for $750. Just search craigslist for a while.
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I would suggest finding a tranny from a part out with low miles. I did and the guy's wife was telling me about how much he loved and babied the car. That sealed the deal, I was able to get every part I needed apart from the clutch, flywheel, and other aftermarket goodies I bought for $750. Just search craigslist for a while.
god dude that is pretty epic right there. If I come across a 5th gen for $700-$1000 I will prob buy it for parts as well. Lets hope thats what happens with my situation
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Re: junk yard hunting worth it?

Depends on what you are looking for. I wouldn't pull engines or trannies, but seats, steering wheels and other items, hell yeah they are. I just pulled a rambler glove box from a national forest that I stumbled across on vacation. You gotta dig, but there is gold in them thar hills!
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