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the 2.0 tranny won't fit the 1.9 engine
but it works the other way around the 1.9 tranny fits the 2.0 motor
 

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the 2.0 tranny won't fit the 1.9 engine
but it works the other way around the 1.9 tranny fits the 2.0 motor
The 2.0 sedan tranny will fit the 1.9, if you use the matching clutch and flywheel. The bolt pattern around the bellhousing is the same. The 1.9 tranny does NOT fit the 2.0 unless you use the 1.9 flywheel, since the 1.9 has a smaller clutch.

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You will also need the 2.0 axles to use the 2.0 tranny. If I'm not mistaken you may also need the shift linkage assembly.
 

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Im going to be replacing the axels in my car they are popping really bad and if the trannys are the same price at the yard I would rather just buy the stronger tranny. That way I know what axels to buy. Problem is I have a 1.9 lightweight flywheel will I have to give this up for the swap also the gear ratio is significantly different between the 93 1.9l and the 97 SPI. What exactly does this mean when it comes down to launching and speed differances thru the gears?
 

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You will have to use the SPI flywheel and clutch. I have never owned a 2nd gen so I can't say what the differences in gearing will be like.
 

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i dont think u need the shift linkage, i never used it.

make sure you use the 1.9 rear tranny mount/bracket or you'll have to flip the shifter linkage upside down which you dont wanna do. spi/zx2 linkage is the same on that part

The rod thingy that goes into the master cylinder is longer on the spi's so you might wanna grab one. It'll let you adjust the clutch pedal a bit higher so it doesnt engage/disengage as close to the floor.
 

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EDIT: I corrected some info on starter issues.
I am installing a SPI tranny in my 95 LX right now.

I got the trans, axles from the SPI, flywheel and clutch from a ZX2. There was only one bolt in the SPI trans on the bottom that does not line up. If you use the ZX2 flywheel, you must use the ZX2 starter, and use a 90 elbow for the oil pressure sender or the ZX2 starter will not go in.

You will also need the shift linkage. The difference is in the rod end that bolts to the gear selector on the trans. The shifter would hit the bolt on the rear trans mount with the 2nd gen linkage. I had to do a lot of grinding to make it work, but it works. eventually I will be getting the correct linkage.

I found a ZX2 in the yard with a brand new clutch in it. there was not even any dust on the clutch anywhere, and the flywheel was still honed.:)

I also snagged the ZX2 trans while there for a spare. The ZX2 trans has 2-3 bolts that dont line up for a 1.9, other then that its a bolt -on
 

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i pulled a link out of a zx2,brought the one from my 91 & they looked identical. i guess i'll have to check again.

only thing they could change is the very end of it and flip it upside down. i tryed getting it out to do it myself and doesnt seem possible
 

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Yep i was wrong. I only looked at which side was the widest on the shifter rod. I thought that'd be difference but i was wrong, instead its the outer bracket like spot that is flipped the other way. assuming buy the name of the part (gearshift rod & cleivis) The clevis bracket is turned around instead of the wider side of the gearshift rod.

I still get somewhat of a grind if i dont push it hard enough. I drove with the wrong rod for over a year so i could of been the couse.

in other words if u use the rear engine mount off them, grab a shifter rod too.
 
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