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my friends looking at doing some work to his corolla, and i guess his T50 tranny is dying.... i suggested he might be able to use a W58, depending on a few things (output shaft, bell housing size, gearing, ect)

so basically, im just trying to find out if anyone has seen or heard of or done a swap like this?
is it even physically possible?
 

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they're often used when a bigger motor is swapped in, like a 3sgte or 7mgte (yes its been done). I don't think there is a bellhousing to take an A engine to a W tranny. With the swaps I belive the usual driveshaft and tranny mount mods need to be done, but it can physically fit in the space.
 

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I would suggest not to do this set-up....

1) the W series tranny is way heavy than the T50 tranny
2) you got to get a new bellhousing, fabricate a tranny mount, and fabricate a driveshaft.


I would suggest to stick w/ the T50 and it has more better pottential considering the gearing of the T50 is set for the 4AGE engine... I have a bunch of friends who is into AE86's and they had no big problems w/ the T50 and this is autocrossing once a month and one car is running a turbocharged T3 4AGE on 17 psi boost
 

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Yeah, unless you have a bigger engine and/or forced induction, stick with the T50. There are apparently A series -> W5x bellhousings available in some Toyota's, but they're pretty rare and probably only exist in obscure European countries where they put small engines in big cars. :lol:

There are bellhousing adapter kits available from various manufacturers (these are popular with GZE swaps) but again I wouldn't bother if you just have a 4A.
 

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thanks for the replies... he isnt sure what he wants to do with the car, i guess hes got a high compression 90-92 4age in there, and he is looking at doing some work to it, although he isnt sure how much.

IIRC the w58 is only 10kg heavier... 22 lbs, a bunch, but nothing TOO excessive.
its also geared lower than the T50, but im not sure if thats better or worse for a low torque motor.

anyways, if we cant get a bellhousing, there isnt much point, i had just thought the w58 would have been a stronger tranny and a good starting point if he were to do some serious mods in the furture.
 
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