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Hey everyone i have a auto v6 1mzfe that i want to manual swap does anyone know what manual transmission will fit and what else i will have to do to get it working
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I think your best bet would be to find a donor car and take what ya need and sell the rest.
That way you have the "directions" to how, what, when and where at your finger tips.
The ECU may come into play and not sure if the cluster in the automatic had a tach.
Third pedal will be interesting. If you do it Plz take lot of pics and notes for us. :cool:
 

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Will do but finding a donor car is a bit tough for a solara manual thats why a might try a manual camry with the same engine
 

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not sure about 1MZ, but in the case of the previous engine, 3VZ, the crankshaft was different to allow fitment of the manual flywheel

In that case would have to swap both engine and trans.

Also, note the engine ECU will be looking for signals, so you'll want to swap that too, to avoid error codes/dash lights.

When getting the parts, be sure to also get: clutch pedal, master and all related tubes, measure where the holes were drilled in the firewall for fitting the master and pedal assembly. Get the narrower brake pedal too.
Other parts you'll need: the center console, shifter and the cables which go from it to the transmission.

And, just in case the drive shafts and transmission mounts are different, get the whole subframe assembly, complete with engine, transmission and suspension to save you a lot of searching for bits.
 

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You will need the following
  • E153 FWD variant transmission. It will bolt on the 1MZ.
  • 5-speed V6 drive axles (they are different from the auto trans axles, and the inline 4 variants do not fit)
  • Carrier bearing / rear engine mount from a V6 manual
  • wheel hubs for the manual drive-axles.Wheel hubs are also different between ABS and non-ABS models, so make sure you get the right variant
  • 5 speed shifter from a V6
  • 5-speed linkages from a manual V6 (the Inline 4 linkages will work, but your shifter knob will point in the wrong positions)
  • Master clutch cylinder. There is a semi-pre-cut shape near your brake master cylinder where to install the clutch cylinder
  • Custom clutch lines (you will have to measure and figure out how much you need)
  • Brake and clutch pedals from manual
Compatible years are 97-2001 for Camry, 98-2002 for Solara.
 
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In addition to the above you'll need to ground the 'ADJ2' pin on the ECU so it thinks it's a manual ECU and doesn't give solenoid codes. On some years it may be a different pin, check EWD for your year. You can also add power resistors on a heat sink to the transmission solenoid outputs so it thinks they are still connected, but that's the ghetto way.
 

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I'm in the process of doing the same thing (though to a 98 Camry sedan). I got a wrecked Solara v6 manual from an insurance auction, pulled the motor and trans. Here she is!

The previous posters laid out what parts you need correctly and accurately, plus the Auto trans issue should you not swap the ECU/wiring. I believe with some resisters you can simulate the solenoids.

I agree the entire parts car is the best route- but you'll need space to store it. Consider if you live where there's HOA and you have to store it outside you may not be allowed to. I've used quite a few odds and ends off the Solara on the Camry as many have broken. I also keep its spare alternator and starter in the trunk in case mine dies. At this point I also have a spare 1MZ but the donor car's needs all its gaskets changed. The plus side- you can part out the car to recoup $ though that takes time and effort. I'm not sure what's available in Canada but in the US we have copart (where I got mine), manheim and others for the insurance auctions. If you don't have a dealer/business license you'll have to go through a broker, which costs more in fees. I happened to find my parts Solara locally, so I was able to go see (and start) the car before bidding, and pick it up rather than ship it.


 

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One more thing if you chose to swap ECU's, be aware of the immobilizer. If your donor car has an immobilizer make sure you get the matching key. Otherwise you will need to swap over the EEPROM from your old ECU, or "virginize" the new EEPROM and reprogram.
 

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I'm in the process of doing the same thing (though to a 98 Camry sedan). I got a wrecked Solara v6 manual from an insurance auction, pulled the motor and trans. Here she is!

The previous posters laid out what parts you need correctly and accurately, plus the Auto trans issue should you not swap the ECU/wiring. I believe with some resisters you can simulate the solenoids.

I agree the entire parts car is the best route- but you'll need space to store it. Consider if you live where there's HOA and you have to store it outside you may not be allowed to. I've used quite a few odds and ends off the Solara on the Camry as many have broken. I also keep its spare alternator and starter in the trunk in case mine dies. At this point I also have a spare 1MZ but the donor car's needs all its gaskets changed. The plus side- you can part out the car to recoup $ though that takes time and effort. I'm not sure what's available in Canada but in the US we have copart (where I got mine), manheim and others for the insurance auctions. If you don't have a dealer/business license you'll have to go through a broker, which costs more in fees. I happened to find my parts Solara locally, so I was able to go see (and start) the car before bidding, and pick it up rather than ship it.


So with swapping over the things from the solara, does everything bolt up and work with the camry frame or do we have to find a camry style v6 subframe or can we use the solaras v6 subframe and hubs and axles
 

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The subframe goes with the body (so, use a Solara S/F on a Solara, a Camry S/F on a Camry), the engine is common and can bolt up to either of the subframes.

The key differences for mounting are the driveshafts, and the rear engine mount, as stated in post #6.

I was wrong when I said in post #4 the crankshaft was different (it had a different part number at launch, but later was commonized when the Solara came along so whatever the difference was it doesn't matter here). To keep it simple, though, swapping the whole engine + transmission is the most straightforward (in case there are any small differences in the brackets, or hoses or mounting bolts between them).

The center console (trim) is, of course different, and I'm not sure the Solara MT center console will fit into a Camry. That will be up to you (or maybe someone else who has tried it will chime in).
 

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You will need the following
  • E153 FWD variant transmission. It will bolt on the 1MZ.
  • 5-speed V6 drive axles (they are different from the auto trans axles, and the inline 4 variants do not fit)
  • Carrier bearing / rear engine mount from a V6 manual
  • wheel hubs for the manual drive-axles.Wheel hubs are also different between ABS and non-ABS models, so make sure you get the right variant
  • 5 speed shifter from a V6
  • 5-speed linkages from a manual V6 (the Inline 4 linkages will work, but your shifter knob will point in the wrong positions)
  • Master clutch cylinder. There is a semi-pre-cut shape near your brake master cylinder where to install the clutch cylinder
  • Custom clutch lines (you will have to measure and figure out how much you need)
  • Brake and clutch pedals from manual
Compatible years are 97-2001 for Camry, 98-2002 for Solara.
will this work on my 2005 Camry v6?
 

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The E153 manual transmission was never mated to the next Gen 3.3L V6 (3MZ-FE, starting in 2003) or the 3.5L (2GR-FE, starting in 2007). That said people do bolt them together (in MR2's most notably) but in a Camry you'd be left to custom make all the shift linkages, motor mounts and sometimes axles. Its a ton of work with zero aftermarket help (unlike the MR2s)
 

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The E153 manual transmission was never mated to the next Gen 3.3L V6 (3MZ-FE, starting in 2003) or the 3.5L (2GR-FE, starting in 2007). That said people do bolt them together (in MR2's most notably) but in a Camry you'd be left to custom make all the shift linkages, motor mounts and sometimes axles. Its a ton of work with zero aftermarket help (unlike the MR2s)
My 2005 has the 1mzfe so that’s why I was wondering if it would be possible
 
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