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Welcome to the mk3 life. You are going to take a huge loss on it. If you aren't already tuned, then the cost is another $466 for Tom's Tune. This is not a swap for someone looking to just have a manual car; you should just trade it. The way I did the swap was the cheap way and I did so knowing I would lose some minor functionality at least temporarily. If you do not have the money, tools, time, or knowledge, in my opinion, you should not be modifying your car.

The swap took me and a friend about 18 hours to complete. We are neither professional mechanics but we both have plenty of mechanical experience.

If you do insist on the swap, then Rebel Devil would be happy to take your money from you but it is not anywhere near the price I paid.
But ours would be fully functional, correct, safe and we warranty our labor on all swaps we do

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Clutch safety removed? That's not to smart... also voids any selling of your car to anyone.... as you would be liable if the next owner hit anything or anyone... do it right or don't do it at all
But ours would be fully functional, correct, safe and we warranty our labor on all swaps we do
I'm sorry I didn't seek your approval first, oh great gatekeeper-of-swaps.[mecry]
Maybe I should add the $30 switch into my parts list... oh but it would still be less than $1k. I very well could have put it in if I wanted, but frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. I wanted a functional trans swap that didn't cost more than the value of the car and that's what I did. Drives great and Tom's tune is awesome. Please go ahead and insist that your way, that costs 5 times what is necessary, is the only way and I'll keep thrashing my car the way it was meant to be.
 

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I'm sorry I didn't seek your approval first, oh great gatekeeper-of-swaps.[mecry]
Maybe I should add the $30 switch into my parts list... oh but it would still be less than $1k. I very well could have put it in if I wanted, but frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. I wanted a functional trans swap that didn't cost more than the value of the car and that's what I did. Drives great and Tom's tune is awesome. Please go ahead and insist that your way, that costs 5 times what is necessary, is the only way and I'll keep thrashing my car the way it was meant to be.
5 times more than necessary... yea, ok, sure... If I am doing the labor, I'm charging a reasonable rate, if others want parts, i can get those also, so they can do it themselves... you want to act like an unsafe ass, go ahead, im just pointing out the correct way to do it... but hell... I know NOTHING about the MK3+ Focus
.. what the hell do I know...

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5 times more than necessary... yea, ok, sure... If I am doing the labor, I'm charging a reasonable rate, if others want parts, i can get those also, so they can do it themselves... you want to act like an unsafe ass, go ahead, im just pointing out the correct way to do it... but hell... I know NOTHING about the MK3+ Focus
.. what the hell do I know...
I guess every manual car made before the 70s is just super unsafe then since the clutch safety switches weren't required before then. They are not needed if you don't want it.

We all know you can read the repair manuals to put OE parts on OE cars, no need to brag about it.
 

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I guess every manual car made before the 70s is just super unsafe then since the clutch safety switches weren't required before then. They are not needed if you don't want it.

We all know you can read the repair manuals to put OE parts on OE cars, no need to brag about it.
Yea ooook... that's all I know... clutch safety switches are mandated by the DOT.. but since you want to be a know everything prick, do what you want. I'm sure I've forgotten more about these cars than you'll ever learn

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Yea ooook... that's all I know... clutch safety switches are mandated by the DOT.. but since you want to be a know everything prick, do what you want. I'm sure I've forgotten more about these cars than you'll ever learn
You might want to get that checked out bud. If you think there is that much to learn about a fwd econobox then you might be getting fuzzy in the head. Make sure to practice proper shop safety and wear a respirator when dealing with harsh fumes from now on.
 

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You might want to get that checked out bud. If you think there is that much to learn about a fwd econobox then you might be getting fuzzy in the head. Make sure to practice proper shop safety and wear a respirator when dealing with harsh fumes from now on.
Having studied engineering, I would think you would do things the proper way... I have been wrenching since you were swimming in your daddies Sack... but that's besides the point... good luck with your endeavors and thinking you know more then others.

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Having studied engineering, I would think you would do things the proper way... I have been wrenching since you were swimming in your daddies Sack... but that's besides the point... good luck with your endeavors and thinking you know more then others.
Hi pot, I'm kettle.

I sure am glad it took you a quarter decade to properly master "lefty loosy, righty tighty."[giddy]
 

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Hi pot, I'm kettle.

I sure am glad it took you a quarter decade to properly master "lefty loosy, righty tighty."[giddy]
If you knew anything, there are always reverse thread hardware... but good for you, i point out a valid safety issue and you get butthurt, shows how grownup you are. But as I said before, good luck in your build..... being able to accept constructive criticism, and valid information is part of being an adult and a Mechanic.

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Ooh, and just FYI, before the clutch safety switches, they used Neutral Safety switches.

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How are those clutch packs coming along?
So far no one wants to make them, so we are sourcing a wet clutch auto trans to replace the dct, we will advise once we have parts in house to test

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How are those clutch packs coming along?
There are clutches being tested , My first test didnt hold like I wanted with boost so there trying again , I hope to have something by the end of the year but time will tell

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It’s actually something that hasn’t been fully resolved yet… Sort of. The car wouldn’t start! I eventually learned that the cars computers sees the “Starter” signal from two places. On the automatic is sees a signal from the Transmission Range Sensor that will only send a signal when the car is in Park or Neutral and second signal when the Brake is pressed down. If it does not see both of those signals together it won’t start. On the manual it sees that same brake signal but instead of the signal from the Transmission Range Sensor it sees a signal from the Clutches Neutral Safety Switch. I did not have the wiring pigtail for this so, to see if it started we just grounded the wire we needed. Easily enough, [bold]we used the wire that was originally the Range Sensor wire coming from the TCM and grounded that[/bold]. It was already in the car and easy to get to. I do however plan on actually doing the wiring properly when I get the pigtails. They will be ordered tomorrow.
Anybody here knows exactly what wire OP used to ground and convince the computer to start the car? I studied the diagrams, I've seen which wire he's supposedly talking about, but I'm confused. Because that wire going from Shifter to TCM is basically left alone after the swap since there's no shifter and no tcm... Thanks for your help
 

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Anybody here knows exactly what wire OP used to ground and convince the computer to start the car? I studied the diagrams, I've seen which wire he's supposedly talking about, but I'm confused. Because that wire going from Shifter to TCM is basically left alone after the swap since there's no shifter and no tcm... Thanks for your help
According to post #62, you have to ground pin #13 on the PCM to get it to start, not the TCM.
 

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Anybody here knows exactly what wire OP used to ground and convince the computer to start the car? I studied the diagrams, I've seen which wire he's supposedly talking about, but I'm confused. Because that wire going from Shifter to TCM is basically left alone after the swap since there's no shifter and no tcm... Thanks for your help
According to post #62, you have to ground pin #13 on the PCM to get it to start, not the TCM.
13 from the ECM goes to 39 in the TCM as shown on the diagram I posted earlier (called clutch bot). I tried grounding that one as well to no avail. So I'm assuming everybody who got the car to start already had a tune going beforehand?
 

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MK3 Wire that needs to be grounded. (SOLVED)

13 from the ECM goes to 39 in the TCM as shown on the diagram I posted earlier (called clutch bot). I tried grounding that one as well to no avail. So I'm assuming everybody who got the car to start already had a tune going beforehand?
You have to ground the following cable: Solid Grey with an Orange Stripe. The wire you are looking for will come off of the wire harness/plug that went down to the TCM.

Just ground it to the frame, easy as that...

I just completed the Auto to Manual swap on my car this weekend (1.5 month long project), and that's exactly what I did and the engine starts no problem!

I used the Haynes manual (Page 12-25) to determine that the Solid Grey cable with an Orange Stripe was the cable I needed to ground.

If you need any further assistance with the wiring, I documented my entire swap on my youtube channel, just search youtube for "Ford Focus - Automatic to Manual Transmission Swap | Part 8". In that video I show the car starting and I put the transmission in 1st gear.
 

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You have to ground the following cable: Solid Grey with an Orange Stripe. The wire you are looking for will come off of the wire harness/plug that went down to the TCM.

Just ground it to the frame, easy as that...

I just completed the Auto to Manual swap on my car this weekend (1.5 month long project), and that's exactly what I did and the engine starts no problem!

I used the Haynes manual (Page 12-25) to determine that the Solid Grey cable with an Orange Stripe was the cable I needed to ground.

If you need any further assistance with the wiring, I documented my entire swap on my youtube channel, just search youtube for "Ford Focus - Automatic to Manual Transmission Swap | Part 8". In that video I show the car starting and I put the transmission in 1st gear.
That's great to see man. I tried grounding that wire as well before removing the automatic transmission completely and wasn't able to get it started so I ended up replacing my 2012 DPS6 by a 2016 DPS6 that I got for 300 bucks and that was it. I have a workaround for the 3500 rpm rev limit based on the wiring diagrams that would add a "starting switch" and a "driving switch" to the car which would allow you to get past the that limit on the manual swap, I'll send you the diagrams and you can try it out before tuning it.
 
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