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Old 12-28-2021, 03:17 PM   #1
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Transmission in 1994 V6 4x4 SE has bought the farm. Luckily I'm 800 miles from home I think I can nurse it home double clutching, but would prefer to replace the transmission rather than sell it.

Anyone have a good spare FS5R30A? I'm in Portland, OR - bonus points for something I can drive and pick up!

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Old 12-28-2021, 06:15 PM   #2
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Auto or Manual trans? (double clutching? ...ok, manual)

Honestly, find a good trans shop and get it rebuilt. These trans are becoming hard to find, but if you want to replace, start hitting the local junkyards and see what's out there. You'll not find much with low miles, considering these trucks are well over 30 YO. GL...


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Old 12-29-2021, 02:00 AM   #3
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Yeah mine is shot as well. Screaming in all gears except 4th. Nissan should have been sued over this problem.
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Honestly, find a good trans shop and get it rebuilt.
In 2011, I took my truck to AAMCO to have new synchronizers installed, so not a full rebuild.

It was $1800.

A used transmission is $400 to $600.
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I would love to one day do another transmission thread on the FS5R30 transmission. I think a lot of folks on here would benefit from it.
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I would love to one day do another transmission thread on the FS5R30 transmission. I think a lot of folks on here would benefit from it.
I remember reading over it. Very detailed and more work than I would try with my bad eyes (I stopped welding too).

Maybe put a link in your signature so members can find the thread.
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I remember reading over it. Very detailed and more work than I would try with my bad eyes (I stopped welding too).

Maybe put a link in your signature so members can find the thread.
Done. Thanks man. It's actually a sticky in the engine and drivetrain forum but I can see how it gets buried among all the other sticky threads.

TBH, the 4 cylinder FS5W71C and 6 cylinder FS5R30A transmissions are very similar in how they operate and are put together, the FS5R30A is just bigger. The output shafts are shorter on the 4WD transmissions and I think a couple of the corresponding bearings are different but everything else is the same internally. So a lot of the information for the 4 cylinder transmission would also apply to the 6 cylinder.

The problem with a lot of stuff this old is there aren't really a lot of "good used" parts anymore, just used parts. To end up with a good used something you either have to fix your existing one or have deep pockets to pay someone to fix it.
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The output shafts are shorter on the 4WD transmissions and I think a couple of the corresponding bearings are different but everything else is the same internally.
Really? I always figured the only difference would be the transfer case bolted on the side. I had often considered buying a 4x4 transmission so that I would have the 4-LOW setting. The transfer case would just spin a shaft in the air (not connected to anything), but I would have a way to shift into lower gears. There have been times when I was pulling something heavy that I would have liked to have had a lower gear to start in.

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The problem with a lot of stuff this old is there aren't really a lot of "good used" parts anymore, just used parts. To end up with a good used something you either have to fix your existing one or have deep pockets to pay someone to fix it.
I know those synchronizers I got for mine are not available through Nissan anymore. I guess we just drive these things until we can't get parts anymore - then either part it out or convert to something different (Tesla engine, anyone?)
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Really? I always figured the only difference would be the transfer case bolted on the side. I had often considered buying a 4x4 transmission so that I would have the 4-LOW setting. The transfer case would just spin a shaft in the air (not connected to anything), but I would have a way to shift into lower gears. There have been times when I was pulling something heavy that I would have liked to have had a lower gear to start in.



I know those synchronizers I got for mine are not available through Nissan anymore. I guess we just drive these things until we can't get parts anymore - then either part it out or convert to something different (Tesla engine, anyone?)
I could see that working, but you'd also need the driveshaft from a 4WD model. The output shaft and driveshaft are both shorter in the 4WD to make room for the transfer case. That would be pretty cool, actually. Kind of (but not really) like a PTO unit you see in heavier stuff.
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