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Offline TorqueOfTheDevil

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Replacing A340F with an A650E
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:30:16 AM »
Hi Guys,

My donor engine is a later VVTi 1UZ with the 5 speed auto A650E.
I would ideally like to use the Lexus gearbox in my truck for ease of electronics, but haven't seen anyone documenting its use with the A430F transfer box (From a Hilux Surf aka 4Runner) (I spend some time with Google on this).

Does anyone know if it
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Re: Replacing A340F with an A650E
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2012, 09:54:36 PM »
There is a good thread about the differences between A340F & early Lexus transmissions here:

http://www.uzswap.com/index.php?topic=192.0

If the output shaft is the same as the early transmissions it could likely be swapped.  As far as transmission control - not all the solenoids are needed for proper function (some are for softer shifts if memory serves).  Another option for trans control is the Suprastick box.  (http://www.latentsolutions.com/suprastickuv.html)
« Last Edit: October 10, 2013, 10:37:15 AM by Cebby »
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Re: Replacing A340F with an A650E
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2012, 10:51:35 AM »
Thanks Cebby.

I know the output shaft swap is doable when migrating between versions of A340, but it looks like it was too much of a long shot to hope that this interchangeability A650 series! (My donor is a 99 LS400, so its the later 5 A650E, which I guess explains why no one seems to have done it).

More reading (now I have the donor car parked next to my truck I'd better get stuck in..)

VZN130 (A343F gearbox) output shaft:
Part 35771 (Output shaft)

UCF20 (A650E gearbox) output shaft:
Part 35770 (output shaft)

I guess if the actual tail sections are still interchangeable I could get a hybrid shaft made up (A fried had this done for his 1UZ Bowler project, so has contacts) It won't be cheap, but it it means I can run with stock management, stock driveshafts etc, it might not work out that much more expensive, and would be "neater" solution.


The Suprastick looks good. That's plan B sorted (Factory Box, 1UZ bellhousing, Suprastick to run it) - That has to be the path of least resistance, but when did guys like us ever take "the easy option"?
« Last Edit: December 22, 2012, 10:55:40 AM by TorqueOfTheDevil »
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Re: Replacing A340F with an A650E
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2013, 03:54:46 PM »
So after more reading, more researching and more playing I have decided to go with "plan B" which is exactly what Cebby Suggested (Thanks), run the existing gearbox, and use a Suprastick to control it.

There is no way I am going to get my transfer case mated to the A650E without very expensive custom output shaft and casing adapter.
This is a bit of a shame as I like the 5 speed ratios, and it would have been nice just to use factory management to control engine and gearbox, but I don't think the enormous cost and effort is worth the minimal gain. I also learnt that the A6560E are also not as tough as the old A340, and have heard from an expert that they are not great off road as they have been prone to oilstarvation at large angles.

My next concern was that I had also read that the VVTi 1UZ on stock management throws a fit if it can't detect a gearbox, and won't rev properly. I decided to test this and disconnected the autobox controls on my LS400 and tried to see if I can hit the redline, in 1st. The engine revs and pulls as it should. (Private road, obviously, you need a really suprising amount of space to redline a stock LS400 in 1st!

Fot the sake of "search" if anyone is interested, the ratios between the two are:


4 speed Gearbox - A340E (30-40LE) -  Also A340F (stock Hilux)
Ratios 1st:2.804 , 2nd:1.531 , 3rd:1 , 4th:0.705, Reverse: 2.393

1998-2000 Lexus LS 400
5 speed Gearbox - A650E
Gear Ratios: 1st 3.357 2nd 2.180 3rd 1.424 4th 1.000 5th 0.753 Reverse 3.431

Yeah, I'll need to sort out my 3.58 Final drive :D I calculated that with the diesel final drive (A02B), I am theoreticly geared to hit 233mph at 6000RPM on 33s lol


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Re: Replacing A340F with an A650E
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2013, 05:46:23 PM »
Thanks for the diagrams - it looks as if the 5spd uses a 2 piece output shaft (looks as though the 35713 & 35770 mate together before getting to the output flange).  I wonder why it's built that way...

Does the VVTi 1UZ in your LS utilize a separate box to control the trans or is it part of the main ECU?
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Re: Replacing A340F with an A650E
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2013, 07:43:37 AM »
Hi Cebby,

It's part of the main ECU. As much as it would have been nice to run the 5 speed, it is just not worth it, so I am going with your suggestion of running a Suprastick.
So I picked up an early LS400 gearbox locally cheap, I'll swap the oil pump and input shaft over. Interestingly the bellhousing, flex plate and torque converter are the same part numbers for the A650.

I have the first two weeks in March booked off to get started...

Next headache, headers!
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