[ba] Question about Automatic-> 5 speed conversion

Shayne thequattroking at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 20 04:03:11 EDT 2002

No comment on the conversion, but I have had both a 4ksq and a 4k.  Although
I do prefer the mildly modded 4ksq I currently have to a non q 4k, I will
say that if I did not care about the AWD and had no intent on modding a
4ksq, I would choose a 2wd.  THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN!.  Really!  I was shocked
how much quicker I could drive the 2wd when compared to a non modded 4ksq.
The only place the 4ksq really had the 4k was in pure lugging power.  E.G.
up a hill.

Shayne P.

Oakland, CA.

Enough Audis to give plenty of headaches.

Parting:  1972 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 4.5

> From: Daniel Reid <DReid at ariba.com>
> Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2002 16:05:38 -0700
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> Subject: [ba] Question about Automatic-> 5 speed conversion
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> Hey, I am new to Audis, but not to VW's.  I am a long time Rabbit head and
> just moved to the Bay from Vermont.  I recently picked up a 1986 4000CS
> (1.8, non-quattro) that is in GREAT shape.  The only problem is, after my
> Rabbit, it is not much fun to drive because of the crappy automatic.  I was
> wondering how much of a pain the conversion to 5 speed would be?  Anybody do
> this locally?  How hard is it to switch the pedal clusters?  Do I have to
> swap Axles?  How much crossover is there?  Will my console work (inside the
> car) with a new trim plate?  Just curious.  My gut feeling is that I would
> do better to sell the car and buy a 4000 Quattro with a 5 cyl and a 5 speed.
> But you never know.  I do love pain!
> -Dan
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