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Old 03-16-2019, 03:04 PM   #1
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Default RWD Manual Trans conversion?

I own a 2008 Saturn Vue Redline with the high output 3.6L V6 engine. As a grocery hauler it is a hoot and I can easily see the engine being used as a basis for a rear wheel drive street/road racer. Has anyone done a RWD manual transmission conversion for one of these engines? Any and all help/ideas would be appreciated.

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Old 03-17-2019, 02:15 AM   #2
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No one has done a RWD manual trans conversion for a 3.6L?? Maybe suggest somewhere else to look? Someone must have done this, right?

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Old 03-17-2019, 03:19 AM   #3
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Default Re: RWD Manual Trans conversion?

Let me try again. Someone must have done this.


Can I adapt a GM 3.6L V6 to an in-line manual transmission, such as a 4-5 or 6 speed unit from Chevy or Ford. I would like to use the 3.6 Redline engine in a traditional north/south rear wheel drive custom installation without the FWD auto trans.. Thanks.

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Old 03-17-2019, 07:52 AM   #4
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Default Re: RWD Manual Trans conversion?

hi sages- this thread poses a somewhat unique question. one of the major blocks may be the amount of re- engineering that may be necessary, load weight, stress vectors/ compensation, body integrity would come into play. have never seen this attempted. the cost might be prohibitive too. however can certainly appreciate the motivation. there are fewer options for a backyard mechanic with fwd contrasted to rwd vehicles. just consider the increased work and expense in clutch/transmission work in a fwd versus same in an rwd. over the years I did about 25 clutch changes and swap outs of shot manual trannies in rwds. no major problems. fwd is a different war including , hanging engines, removing major parts of front end suspension assemblies to get clearance and accessability. some of you may be discouraged too by increased use of profane language. my L100 with manual has a hydraulic clutch actuation with an internal slave cylinder. it could have been designed with a cable actuation or an external slave cylinder like on the Toyota, civic, etc. that would be much easier and cheaper to maintain. seems the slave cylinder starts to leak long before the clutch is shot. had an interesting conversation with a favorite indie mechanic about converting this system to a cable actuation or external slave system with a clutch fork lever. he was non plussed by this suggestion and suggested no mechanic would attempt it for a variety of reasons. what think? always interested in your expert critiques. thanks tons bob f

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Default Re: RWD Manual Trans conversion?

It is a LY7 GM v6 it is used in many newer GM cars. I am sure there are several transmissions that bolt to that engine. I would imagine that it is the engine they use in the Camaro and several rwd Cadillacs.

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It is a LY7 GM v6 it is used in many newer GM cars. I am sure there are several transmissions that bolt to that engine. I would imagine that it is the engine they use in the Camaro and several rwd Cadillacs.
^This is all correct! Interestingly, the 3.6L V-6 is also available in some Corvettes. So look through the online parts catalogs and determine which vehicles have a manual transmission coupled with that V-6 (I wouldn't expect them to be found with a Cadillac model). I know that some Chevy and GMC trucks have the combinatioin you're seeking. My question is, what vehicle will this powertrain be installed in (if it's feasible to do such a thing)? Although your OP suggests that this idea is related to your VUE it isn't made fully clear.

If I assume that you'd like to attempt this conversion on your VUE then rfisher's post #4 presented salient points of concern. Of course, more could added to it, but I think what's there is sufficient for a thoughtful person to ponder.

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The current Cadillac Ats v has a turbocharged 3.6 v-6 and a six speed manual transmission.

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The current Cadillac Ats v has a turbocharged 3.6 v-6 and a six speed manual transmission.
Well, by cracky, Cadillac didn't stay as reserved as I thought they might regarding a manual transmission. I am duly corrected!

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