GoWesty 2WD 5-speed transaxles are built right here at GoWesty. We start with a good used 4-speed, and then we go through it completely and convert it to a 5-speed (the 4-speed and 5-speed are actually about 85% identical). We cut no corners: All synchro-rings are the latest OE moly-coated type, all bearings are OEM quality bearings, all new gaskets, all new seals—and everything is set up properly with the correct tools. The rear transaxle mount for the 5-spd is different than the original, but it is included with your new transmission. We have also updated the problematic original 4-5 synchro-hub to the later style that won't break (no more threat of sudden death syndrome) and a NEW 5th gear with 0.85:1 gear ratio. That's right, the Vanagon transaxle is going the way of the Bus: They are all getting old enough where a new 5th gear is essential. There is simply no way to measure the engagement teeth on a gear to determine without any doubt that it will work properly, or for how long. It is a judgment call. Subsequently, the most common warranty issue is: "It pops out of 5th gear." No more! Every GoWesty 5-speed transaxle gets a NEW top gear. In addition, each and every manual transaxle we build comes standard with our lubrication enhancing "splash plates" kit for unparalleled longevity.
The price listed is exchange for your old 4-speed, and a core deposit will be added at time of purchase. There are many parts in your old transaxle that cannot be purchased new, and are very valuable. So we need yours in return. If you do not return it, you forfeit the entire core deposit.
Standard 1-5 gearing:
• 1st gear: 4.11
• 2nd gear: 2.13
• 3rd gear: 1.48
• 4th gear: 1.02
• 5th gear: 0.85
Available final drive ratios:
• 4.13:1 (freeway-ultraflyer) - 18% taller than stock
• 4.57:1 (freeway-flyer) - 6% taller than stock
• 4.86:1 (original stock ratio)
• 5.50:1 (off-road with tall tires) - 13% lower than stock
All GoWesty manual transaxles are shipped without oil. Per our warranty, Red Line GL4-75W90 gear oil, also known as "MT-90" is required. Available separately below.
Very important note on shifting:
Your unmodified 4-speed shifter system will work just fine with this 5-speed tranny. The 5-speed shifter system is not included, as it is no longer available. Please be aware that the shift pattern on this transaxle is similar to the 4WD Syncro, where 1st gear is in the lower left position, NOT the upper left position like your current transaxle. It should be noted that shifting from 1st to 2nd on these units is an art form. It is not a smooth and fluid affair; rather, it is something that takes time and patience to become accustomed to. In most cases, one can start out in 2nd gear for most environments outside of uphill starts. 1st (low) gear is also lower than your current 4-speed 1st gear, and is very useful for light off-road use, while the top gear (5th) is taller than your existing 4th gear for freeway cruising.
SHIPPING: Initial shipping costs for this item are subject to change as the order is processed. Shipping cost includes the price of returning the core to GoWesty.
$750 CORE CHARGE: A core charge is a deposit until your old transaxle is returned and inspected. All or some of this deposit may be forfeited depending upon the condition of the core. To view our core check out sheet, click here.
$150 CRATE CORE CHARGE: Your GoWesty tranny will come in a very nice shipping crate. We MUST get this crate back from you; hence, the crate core charge. This deposit will be refunded when you return your tranny core in the crate.
WARRANTY: Our pro-rated warranty is 48 months/ 48,000 miles (whichever comes first) and is included at no extra charge. You are required to use Red Line GL4-75W90 gear oil, also known as "MT-90". Click here for details.
CANCELLATION POLICY: We put a lot of time and energy into packaging your GoWesty transaxle. If you purchase a transmission from us—and then decide to cancel the order within 30 days—we will refund you in full, minus any transportation fees and a 5% restocking fee. If you decide to cancel your order after 30 days, our normal refund policy applies.