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Old 02-01-2010, 10:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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You can just toss the HF 5th gear in there if you want a highway boost. You could also use the HF's final drive instead, lengthening all your gears a bit.

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Old 02-02-2010, 12:26 AM   #12 (permalink)
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That's a good idea...I wonder how much I could pick up an HF transmission for...it used the same engine as my car i believe so it should bolt right up and I'm going to have to do my clutch soon anyway....hmmm
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That's a good idea...I wonder how much I could pick up an HF transmission for...it used the same engine as my car i believe so it should bolt right up and I'm going to have to do my clutch soon anyway....hmmm
You can usually get them for next to nothing. The only guys that even think they might want one are the guys that are going boosted, and only half of those guys understand that boost needs longer gears to be effective.

It didn't use the same engine, but the same family of engine. It will bolt up, but you have to get a clutch for the MY of the transmission.

If you have an '88 trans, you need an '88 clutch. '89-'91 are the same.
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I told noco2 about the hf parts on saturday, the taller gearing of the hf tranny is the place to start. I saw one on-line for $150 (core charge?). Google HF transmission swaps, only snag I saw was one year had a diff. clutch (# of splines).
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'88 has one tooth difference. I said that up there. ^^^
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I'll look up the swap some more in my spare time this week and next.

Right now I'm focusing on the camber kits to straighten out my alignment, from what I can see only one company makes a half decent set and they're not cheap so that and the new coilovers from GroundControl are going to come courtesy of my tax return. If there's anything left after everything is aligned and balanced (properly) I'll spring for the HF transmission.

I ran it past another of my buddies in the EFSquad here in atlanta and he said that HF trannys are a little tricky to get your hands on and recommended only doing the fifth gear swap for now since that's where a lot of my issues are at present. I would ultimately like to be able to cruise at 60/65mph at around 2500RPM which is my 50/55mph range at the moment.

While I'm in there doing the clutch I'll swap that and I'm also going to rebuild the syncros because 3rd gear has been giving me some issues if I'm not real gental and careful to match revvs.
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I'll look up the swap some more in my spare time this week and next.

Right now I'm focusing on the camber kits to straighten out my alignment, from what I can see only one company makes a half decent set and they're not cheap so that and the new coilovers from GroundControl are going to come courtesy of my tax return. If there's anything left after everything is aligned and balanced (properly) I'll spring for the HF transmission.

I ran it past another of my buddies in the EFSquad here in atlanta and he said that HF trannys are a little tricky to get your hands on and recommended only doing the fifth gear swap for now since that's where a lot of my issues are right now, I can get better MPG in the city doing PnG (like most of us can I guess) than on the highway simply because at 65mph I'm at 3000RPM which is waaaay higher than I want to be cruising at for any distance. I would like to realistically be closer to 2200 to 2500 but that was the cruising RPM of the Camry at 65mph which that was a 4spd automatic with overdrive...I don't think this little engine would have the torque at that speed...
The camber kits that you find on eBay are just fine, I've used 8 different kinds of them, and they're all basically the same as far as quality and such. If you're not racing, there's no point in springing hundreds for adjustable parts that you're only going to set and forget.

Frankly, if you're only going a couple inches, you don't even have to set your camber, you can just fix the toe angle and live with the tighter steering, and you won't have funky tire wear (other than uneven across the tires, which is why you rotate them.)

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Those ones there are the ones I used on my last Civic. Never had a problem with them. If you need something to fix the rear, just toss some washers in behind the compensator arm mount until you're within spec. No need for aluminum lower control arms and such... they're just "pretty" pieces with no real functionality, unless you like a shorter rear track width.

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