Do I actually need a spare XT6 manual trans?

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Do I actually need a spare XT6 manual trans?

Postby RhodyM20 on Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:13 pm

Hey guys,

So as I've alluded to on USMB, I know of a salvage yard with a manual XT6 transmission for sale for a good price. I couldn't make it there last weekend, so I was going to go this weekend.

However, a spare transmission is a big, heavy thing to have hanging around for "someday." They are unique to the XT6, which is what prompted me to think it was wise to pick it up.

What are your thoughts? How bulletproof are these transmissions? I certainly can use the $ for other things, but wasn't sure if it was smart to grab one when I can being it is semi-local (two hours away) and for a good price.

My car will never be a power build, so the engine will remain at stock output levels.

Thoughts?

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Re: Do I actually need a spare XT6 manual trans?

Postby john in KY on Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:47 pm

I seem to recall there is something special about the cross member so I would acquire it if not too expensive. Someone will chime in about the cross member.

The other thing is the 5-lug hubs. They can always be resold.
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Re: Do I actually need a spare XT6 manual trans?

Postby RhodyM20 on Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:46 pm

john in KY wrote:I seem to recall there is something special about the cross member so I would acquire it if not too expensive. Someone will chime in about the cross member.

The other thing is the 5-lug hubs. They can always be resold.


The price on the trans is $200. Said to have come from a car with less than 90K.
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Re: Do I actually need a spare XT6 manual trans?

Postby grossgary on Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:55 pm

They're robust and rarely need replacing. If you've got a good one now that's sharp, synchros are smooth (though they can have a slight 2nd gear grind seemingly indefinitely), no input shaft bearing noise, and it's not popping out of gear then it's likely to last the life of the car with good care.

They are nice to have on hand and are limited and dwindling.
3.9 FT4WD is XT6 only
3.7 FTW4D is in some XTs, RXs
PT4WD is in EA vehicles.

An EJ Frankenstein probably isn't impossible. Chux and others would know.

So it wouldn't be without options. Other transmissions can work, repair is possible sometimes, swapping guts isn't the end of the world for folks with some capacity. How married are you to stock flavor of transmission?
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Re: Do I actually need a spare XT6 manual trans?

Postby grossgary on Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:10 pm

That's a great price if it came from a good car and was stored well.

If you're going to maintain and use it like a daily driver I'd lean towards getting it. With good maintenance and some preventative steps these are great, reliable high mileage daily drivers. Having a trans gets you on the road quick if something rare does happen. If I'm going to drive older cars and rely on them I don't want it to be a headache.

Having multiple cars helps too. I have a few vehicles so if one goes under the knife for repair or maintenance I don't have to sweat it. That smooths out planning, parts, time, and stress.

XT6 transmissions aren't easy to sell so you're likely sitting on it if it's not needed. Or tell me if I'm wrong because I'll list mine.
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Re: Do I actually need a spare XT6 manual trans?

Postby RhodyM20 on Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:21 pm

I like the way the car drives. Clutch is bad (currently getting replaced while reseal is done), so I can't say that I've driven it in peak form.

However, if I was OK with the seven hour drive back north with a bad clutch, I doubt I'll ever use anything but the stock unit.
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Re: Do I actually need a spare XT6 manual trans?

Postby RhodyM20 on Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:31 pm

I, too, thought the price was pretty darn good.
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Re: Do I actually need a spare XT6 manual trans?

Postby RhodyM20 on Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:27 pm

Picked up it up today and glad I did. Really nice shape. Crossmember, trans mounts with plenty of life left in them still - all accounted for. And I was able to lift it out of my trunk when I got home (at least long enough to get it on a pallet!)
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Re: Do I actually need a spare XT6 manual trans?

Postby Caboobaroo on Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:13 pm

I have a spare, just in case. The original one to my car had a bad main shaft bearing so a used one was put in. It lasted about 25k miles before it started howling and I have swapped yet another one in. This one has some syncro issues with 2nd and 3rd but I've opted to go a different route. They aren't really super great if you plan to drive the car aggressively so I've been in contact with Scott from SJR Lifts in Washington, to fabricate a bellhousing to adapt the EJ transmission to the back of the ER. That way, I can run a better clutch as well. Have an OS Giken twin disc push type clutch waiting in the garage for that day.
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