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Old 17 Jun 2017, 11:05 pm
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5th isn't tall enough in my 01. Can I change it, or should I get a 6-speed?
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Old 17 Jun 2017, 11:14 pm
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Default Re: 5-speed

You have a 2001 PT, right?

If by not being "tall enough" you mean 5th gear doesn't seem high enough, then the answer is that changing it is not really feasible. While it may be possible to install another type of manual transmission with lots of time and money, the cost would be more that a 2001 is worth.

Also, I can't see how you could be red-lining your PT while in 5th gear. It just doesn't have the power to get there unless you are speeding down a very sleep hill. So what exactly is your issue with what you have?
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Old 17 Jun 2017, 11:42 pm
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Installing larger diameter tires will make 5th gear 'taller'.
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Old 18 Jun 2017, 12:13 am
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Someone recently said the 2.2 diesel trans fits and had a taller 5th
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Old 18 Jun 2017, 10:45 am
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In '03 I think it was Chrysler changed the final drive ratio in the n/a manual transmission. This lowered the rpm at highway speed...

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Old 18 Jun 2017, 08:09 pm
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Default Re: 5-speed

All NA PTs with the T350 have 3.94 final drive. The 2001 has .81 5th, 2002 and later cars have .72 5th, so you can swap in a new model year transmission to lower revs on the highway.
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Old 22 Jun 2017, 03:37 pm
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Default Re: 5-speed

Originally Posted by rcktpwrd View Post
In '03 I think it was Chrysler changed the final drive ratio in the n/a manual transmission. This lowered the rpm at highway speed...
Yep, my '01 had the lower 5th gear and it drove me crazy at highway speeds. Over 3k rpms going 70+. Swapped in an '05 trans and it's a bit happier now.
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5-speed, 6-speed

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