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5 speed to 4 speed

PostPost by: Robbie693 » Mon Jul 18, 2005 2:39 pm


I've been looking for a +2 S-130/4 for ages now, to replace my lamented previous example, but I just can't seem to find one that measures up to how I want, (I'm a bit picky :D )

Plenty of 5 speeds around though, so I was wondering if anyone could give me their opinions on buying a 5 speed and converting it.

Specifically, is it a cost effective solution. I assume the bits I will need are, Bell housing, box (obviously) mounting plate and prop shaft and that these will not be too expensive but, (this is the reason I say cost effective,) how much should I expect this work to cost at a specialist? (Probably Paul Matty)

I could probably do it myself but time and garage space may be prohibitive, hence the question.

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Mon Jul 18, 2005 4:14 pm

You could probably get a swap from someone who wants to exchange their four speeder for a five speeder,all you need then is the labour

P.S. i may be willing??
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PostPost by: elansprint » Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:44 pm

You could sell your complete 5 speed set up & buy a 4 speed set up having money left over towards fitting the 4 speed setup. Whilst i would agree the change is better on the 4 speed if you have the 5 speed rebuilt (Sue millar does them at very reasonable cost assuming it is not wrecked)it is a lot nicer for A road & motorway work
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PostPost by: Hamish Coutts » Fri Sep 16, 2005 11:59 am


What on earth are you on about?

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Fri Sep 16, 2005 12:09 pm

Well whatever it is its got something to do with "proxy" :lol:
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:21 pm

Think it maybe connected with this Hamish?

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Could be the start of acomplete new discussion group!

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PostPost by: Si_130/5 » Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:09 pm

Hi Robbie 693,

I've heard the four and five speed 'box gearlever locations are slightly different so you may also require a centre console from a 4-speeder.

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