12-31-2006, 10:56 PM
My buddy got a 03 zx3 but its a auto. And he wants to get it converted to manual. Beacuse he wants to get a turbo kit. and i dont know how everything will react with a turbo & auto transmission. Has any one done this??? or know where to convert it to manual????[dunno]
12-31-2006, 11:36 PM
Its been done, but its not really worth it in most peoples opinion. I researched it back when I had an auto sedan, its expensive, time consuming, and hard to be done flawlessly. I ended up selling that car, and buying a 2 year newer focus, with less miles and still pocketing some money, so unless its a unique car or has lots of custom work, tell him to buy a manual car.
12-31-2006, 11:51 PM
Yeah, an ATX won't respond to a turbo as well as you would like. On my ZX2 forum one guy with a Turbo ATX was still running 16 second 1/4 miles but could rape on the highway. As for a manual swap, there is a massive how-to for the ZX2 but it has a different trans than the zetec focus. It can be done for about $1-1.5K if you do it yourself. But IMO it's not really worth it. That's why I bought my Focus and didn't screw around with swapping my ATX ZX2.
12-31-2006, 11:56 PM
yeah converting to an manual costs way too much is there's alot involved. he's better off just to get a supercharger and build up his auto tranny.
01-01-2007, 10:46 AM
I love the ATX and a turbo , if i build another Turbo Focus it will be a ATX all the way
Turbos and ATX go better then MTX if tuned properly and the ATX will take it
01-01-2007, 12:15 PM
HAH now y'all have the word from someone you trust instead of me. Once you start getting under that 1/10 hp/lb ratio you need both hands on the wheel.
01-01-2007, 03:16 PM
Actually my ATX is a manual valve body , Trans break with a stall
She is a hand full tho