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Old 03-17-2004, 02:30   #1 (permalink)
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EL Fairmont auto to manual conversion

hey guys,

i want to convert my 6cyl el fairmont to a manual as im sick of having an auto.

i know there are dramas with changing the auto ecu to a manual ecu because of compatibility problems with the bcu.

my question is: can u set the car up so the auto ecu thinks the tranny is still an auto that is in neutral or will this affect the running/drivability of he car?


any help would be greatly appreciated.

ps does anyone know of places that do conversions in falcons around the lower hunter or sydney area?


thanks,

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Old 03-17-2004, 02:34   #2 (permalink)
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Re: EL Fairmont auto to manual conversion

yes u can do what you're saying, its the more common way of people doing the manual conversion.
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Old 03-17-2004, 03:03   #3 (permalink)
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Re: EL Fairmont auto to manual conversion

Yes I believe its as simple as just bypassing the inhibitor switch on the auto, which is easy as, it's done from underneath the car. I did this on the DA, and there are no drivability problems whatsoever.

The conversion is not difficult to do yourself if you have a bit of mechanical knowledge and a few days to do it. Otherwise you'll pay a few hundred dollars for installation.

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Old 03-17-2004, 03:41   #4 (permalink)
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Re: EL Fairmont auto to manual conversion

To do it properly yyou need to use resistors to make the ecu think there is an actual trans there. it involves wiring a resistor into each solinoid wire and a couple more for the prnd switch, oil temp sensor, and a couple of others. Ive just had to do it to my eb v8 as the auto computers in those don't work 100% with no trans there. keep an eye on the electricsl forum over the next few days as ill make a post explaining how to do it to an eb/ed at least. its pretty simple to do anyway.
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Re: EL Fairmont auto to manual conversion

hi 'falcon man'

any idea on the price of parts for this conversion? manual is certainly alot funner!
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Old 03-18-2004, 00:26   #6 (permalink)
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Re: EL Fairmont auto to manual conversion

You mean compatibility between the ECU and BEM ?
I'd have to dig up the workshop manual, but I suspect that the fairmont and XR6 would share the same BEM.
As I recall there were 3 BEMs, low, mid and high.
I think low was gli, mid was futura, xr, fairmont, and high being mont ghia, fairlane and ltd... Might be worth checking out....
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Old 03-18-2004, 00:42   #7 (permalink)
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Re: EL Fairmont auto to manual conversion

yeah thats what i meant.

if you could find out that would be great!
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Re: EL Fairmont auto to manual conversion

I would of thought Fairmont BEM would be high series.

My logic being;

Gli - no power windows
Futura/XR - front power windows
Fairmont/Fairlane/LTD - front and rear power windows
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Fairmont is deffinately high series.
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Old 03-18-2004, 04:35   #10 (permalink)
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Which means you're stuffed, only manual high series BEMs are from EL GTs.
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