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Old 02 Oct 2009, 01:16 am
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Default what do i need to convert my 1997 civic ex from auto to manual?

i want to convert my 1997 honda civic ex from an automatic to a manual transmission. i wanted to know a basic list of parts id need, and if the car comes with and automatic or an automanual transmission stock. i also wanted to the average prices of parts, and would i have to change the 1.6L vtec sohc engine or computer.
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Old 02 Oct 2009, 01:46 am
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Changing auto to manual is not as bad as one might think. The things I'm going to list is not complete and I'm just typing the things that I can remember. also can't remember price for parts as finding the parts will not be easy. In the end, it might be cheaper just to look for an a civic with a manual transmission.


1. Manual transmission - dunno how much, you're going to have to shop around via junk yards.

2. Foot Pedals - dunno how much

3. Clutch cable

4. maybe new axles

5. ecu for a 97 honda civic ex manual. If your car doesn't come in manual then this whole conversion is impossible.

6. Tool rental - engine hoist. You're not going to use your bare hands to lift up the manual tranny and lock it in unless you're super man.

You're going to have to get some help with this. If done right it can take only 1 day to finish.

Honestly its easier just to get another civic thats manual. I looked up a 97 civic ex manual transmission with 200k miles in good condition on Kelly Blue Book and the price came out to $2,650. You're probably looking at a third of that price to do the conversion but finding the parts needed isn't going to be easy. Especially for a car that is over 10 years old.
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Old 02 Oct 2009, 02:46 am
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I know some of the things you'll need and no you don't need to change the computer or the engine, you jus need to get a manual transmission, club pedal, cables for the clutch, the cylinder for it etc and if your car doesn't come with an rpm gauge you could buy one so u could watch the rpms you shift at
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Old 02 Oct 2009, 03:01 am
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Besides jongjiujunshi's list, you will need the clutch switch for the cruise control (if you have CC, of course) and the switch for the ignition interlock on the clutch, plus the bypass of the ignition interlock from the automatic, and the harnesses to connect all of it.

You will be way ahead, especially in the value of the car when done, to trade it for a manual Civic.
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Old 02 Oct 2009, 03:16 am
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dont trade or sell your car

if you can do it yourself it'll be about 500 bucks

just make sure you know what your doing

look up on that website i gave you its the bible for anything and everything honda

i did mine and it was no more then 600 bucks if you do it ALL yourself
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Old 02 Oct 2009, 03:06 pm
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Default Re: what do i need to convert my 1997 civic ex from auto to manual?

i don't think its worth to change auto to manual, why not just sell your current one and buy a manual instead
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