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Old 04-02-2010, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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would a diff off a auto be the same as a manual if they are both off the same sized engine
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Physically? Yes, it will bolt up. edit: I should mention that the flanges might need to be swapped, but that's really easy.

However, gear ratios are different; automatics are geared lower (in other words, more revs for the same speed). Putting a diff from an auto in a manual results in faster, snappier acceleration at the expense of some increase in fuel consumption and (potentially) a loss of a few mph of top speed ... putting a diff from a manual car on an auto though ... not really recommended.
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