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Old 09-26-2008, 03:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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USA Smart + EU Manual Transmission?

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Would it be possible to :

1 - Buy a USA Smart
2 - Import a 6 speed Smart manual tranny from the EU
3 - Transfer said tranny into the USA Smart?

I would think that the USA Smart's ECU/PCM would be upset, but also helpless to do anything about it (heh heh heh). I think you would need to keep the USA ECU/PCM for emissions compliance.

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no such thing as a fully manual (i.e. with a clutch pedal) tranny for the smart. Earlier Euro models had 6 speed autos with the manual shift option. Since almost everything on the smart (like the throttle and trans) is electronically controlled you'd need the appropriate ECU to go with it.
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no such thing as a fully manual (i.e. with a clutch pedal) tranny for the smart. Earlier Euro models had 6 speed autos with the manual shift option. Since almost everything on the smart (like the throttle and trans) is electronically controlled you'd need the appropriate ECU to go with it.
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Anyone know the name and model of the engine used? Far as I know its Smart specific, but if it has any other applications (bare bones model) there could be a stick that bolts up to it
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Hello -

I was talking to my friend last night and he told me that the engine from the Smart is from Mitsubishi ... now :

1 - If the same engine exists in Mitsubishi Kei-Cars and ...
2 - If the Kei-Cars offer tall-geared manual transmissions and ...
3 - If the manual transmission would fit in the Smart engine bay and ...
4 - If the gear-shift linkage could be transferred into the Smart then ...

... Mayyyyyyyybe it would be doable. But not by me, .

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Hello -

I was talking to my friend last night and he told me that the engine from the Smart is from Mitsubishi ... now :

1 - If the same engine exists in Mitsubishi Kei-Cars and ...
2 - If the Kei-Cars offer tall-geared manual transmissions and ...
3 - If the manual transmission would fit in the Smart engine bay and ...
4 - If the gear-shift linkage could be transferred into the Smart then ...

... Mayyyyyyyybe it would be doable. But not by me, .

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The Japanese market smarts did have a special 660 cc Kei engine and it mounted to the regular 6 speed smart auto. Looking at the engine transmission package for the smart you see a wonderously compact packaging job. I doubt you could fit any other type of tranny in there without moving the engine or changing the wheelbase.

The most effective mod you could make to a smart is to remove the 200+ lbs it gained for US certification.
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The Japanese market smarts did have a special 660 cc Kei engine and it mounted to the regular 6 speed smart auto. Looking at the engine transmission package for the smart you see a wonderously compact packaging job. I doubt you could fit any other type of tranny in there without moving the engine or changing the wheelbase.

The most effective mod you could make to a smart is to remove the 200+ lbs it gained for US certification.
Ok. It looks like the Smart drivetrains were optimized for UMC (Unit Manufacturing Cost => KISS => Keep It Simple, Smart).

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