Gear Box renault Trafic

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  1. bobbi

    bobbi Read Only Funster

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    Hi, I'm the new proud owner of a 1989 Renault Trafic 1400 petrol (first ever campervan). She's flown through the MOT and service, but my fitter said it would be better with a 5 speed gear box if I can find one.. thing is apart from the model I own, can any other models fit???

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    Helen
     
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    biggest problem will be finding a second hand/reconditioned gearbox for a 26 year old vehicle.

    if it is possible, the fifth gear may be an overdrive gear and the engine may not have the pulling power to get full use from it....constantly changing gear on gradients etc.
     
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    Oh well, never mind.... she ace as she is, so will put up with it lol!!
     
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    only my opinion and it may be ok.

    many recent vans have problems with fifth being too high and having to change down all the time.
     
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    Would you know if there are any compatible ones though... or has it got to be Renault, someone has mentioned talbot, but like I say, new to this.
    Thanks,
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    Your questions would possibly be better answered on here. http://www.rtmr.org/
    A good friend is the technical officer of this group and I will ask him what he thinks.
    Have you thought of putting taller tyres on, that would be the cheaper fix if you think its too low geared.
     
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    Someone else mentioned this and I thought they were kidding lol... seems not then.

    Thanks for your help!!
     
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    Am not kidding, have done it on several vehicles over the years.
     
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    If I find out what tyres i have on now, would you know which bigger ones to get then or should I take her somewhere?
     
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    Am i best off taking her somewhere then to see what size I need??
     
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    Any well known tyre depot will advise you on what size you can go up to. If the tyres you have on are getting ready for changing its a good idea to have taller tyres fitted.
     
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    Most helpful... thank you very much!!!
     
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    Go about an inch taller - you may find newer model wheels/tyres may fit. This will give you better gearing, but not alter the speedo reading too much.

    One thing to watch on the petrol model is the water system. Absolute pain to bleed - so make sure it is done well, as it will pop the head gasket easily - the 1.7 petrol engine was one of the strongest they produced - apart from the water system!
     
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    Hi, cant help with tyres but wanted to say I have a 1984 traffic, with motorhome body and just love it, not long back from Venice, before that France, next week Wales, never had a water problem, but once a year I remove top and bottom hoses and flush engine and rad. Fresh anti freeze. Always keep fresh oil and never drive her hard. Keep revs down, if you get half the fun we get you will have a great time, if I can help in any way please use chat room, this is frog hopper. (Barry) cheers
     
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    a good friend of mine bought a couple of renault traffic vans for is business around 88 or 89. great vans, not fast but good value for money as i recall. the only issue was the 5 speed one ate driveshafts at a silly rate. 3 or more in a year got silly so he traded it in. the other van did the usual 3 years before being replaced. therefore the advice re taller tyres is the most reliable way forward in my opinion
     
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