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Re:Early Coupes....

> -- [ From: Huw Powell * EMC.Ver #3.1a ] --
> > 60mph could be reached easily in 2nd gear. 
> Yes!  Especially on my favorite "on ramp"
> "looking fast standing still"
> Yes!  especially if I park it so it "noses down" a little...
> So what year and models are the close ratio gearboxes in?  I figure since no
> matter what revs I drive at (the amount of power used seems more related) I
> seem to get the same MPG why not get more pull in 3,4,5?

Trust me with the shorter final drive (the only significant 
difference) 4.90:1 instead of 4.45:1, and the final three gears just 
a little closer to the same first two, You will get a lot worse gas 
miladge than with your original box.
If on the other hand you don't care about that than it's O.K.
I do about 400-500 miles a week mostly on the highway and with the 
old gearbox I get about 38-40 mpg cruising at about 130 kph @ 3000 
rpm.  Very relaxed cruising, and at that point the engine already 
makes it's peak torque so downshifting to pass is not really 
When I'll finish my long drives I will consider swapping the 
The only problem is that only the 1984 Coupe came with that  gearbox 
that uses cable clutch.  If you want to use the '85 and up you will 
have to swap the belhousing and that is a pain with all those shims 
in there!
Let me know if you decide to swap and how it went.
Martin Pajak

1982 Coupe (438,000 km)
1984 4000s quattro (320,000 km under the wrench)
1970 Porsche 911E Targa (also under the wrench)

Who put my tools in the dishwasher?