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Old 09-19-2002, 21:37   #1 (permalink)
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BA Auto/Manual Tranny in EA??

I guys just had a interesting thought..

What if, some lucky bastard with alot of money put one of those half manual, half auto tranny's in their EA? Could this be done?

If it could I reckon it would be unreal. The luxury of an auto, the driveability of a manual rolled into one. No need for pedal boxes (unless the auto is somehow mated to the all new electronic accelerator thingie), clutches etc..

Oh, and the fact that it's in an EA would be a pretty big deal too!

Has anyone contemplated this? Does anyone have any information on the new gearbox that could somehow put lay to this claim?

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well...considering the BA isnt out yet, probably not!
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The gearbox would probably be worth as much as the EA......

I dont reckon it would be a fun thing to do. The new donks are just that-new. I very much doubt the bolt patterns for the gearbox would be the same, but u never know.....
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Actually I believe that anyone with a bit of electrical knowledge can make a standard 4 speed (possibly even 3 speed) EA-AU 'tiptronic'.
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Old 09-21-2002, 06:59   #5 (permalink)
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Hmmm thats a good point Jack... the 4speed Auto is electronically controlled, so one wonders if it is possible to manually select the gears by overriding the control computer. I've actually thought about just having a dash display showing the gear that the auto is currently in using the output of the auto computer, but I wouldn't have the electronic expertise to do that. IT would even be better to be able to use the computer to control which gear the Auto goes in. Then again would it be worth the trouble of getting control over the computer when you can just use the power button and it will do safe late changes for you anyways. Would be interesting to try anyways I would think
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Ive also thought about both these things. The dash / gear display would be piss easy simply using a series of AND logic gates from the 2 gear selecting solenoid outputs. (1&2?)
I think actually making a circuit too manually select a gear would take a fair bit more knowledge as you gotta consider line pressures and computer default values. Coz if you somehow manually get the box in the wrong gear, using the 2 solenoids then the computer will pick up a fault and lock the box in limp-home-mode. so ud need to research the auto ECU pretty well.

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couldnt you just simulate shifting the tbar into 3 2 or 1? thats all the triptronic does - it wont let you take off in 3rd, for example.

that way the auto ECU's normal "protection" still applies...
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I have "tiptronic" gearbox control in my NA fairlane.
However I am using a A341E transmission.
If someone sends me the details (wiring diagrams, trans ecu stuff) of the Auto i'm sure I can adapt the design to suit the Ford gearbox.
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i was reading my bros old street machines and back in the early 90s there were tripo kits for ea - ed's. it was just a little add... but they were F1 stlye ... behind the steering wheel
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KDog, what gearbox do u have? I have never heard of that one, how hard is it to bolt into the EA/NA series, and what kind of power can it handle?

Im trying desperatly to find something decent to replace the BTR auto, so far its big bucks on a manual, but a tiptronic auto does sound a little tempting....
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