View Full Version : How strong is the 3SGE gearbox

88 silicar
04-16-2006, 05:21 AM
Can anyone tell me if the 3sge box is strong enough to handle the ST205 3SGTE engine. I bought the E153 box from the Camry V6, but having alot of problems bolting it in my 88 Celica. Im not happy about not being able to use the E153 box, but i cant see any other way of getting around this.

04-16-2006, 06:54 AM
I didn't think the 3S-GE gearbox bolted up to the GTE engine

04-16-2006, 06:58 AM
You would be wrong. Any engine with the 'S' after the number will bolt up to any tranny that bolted to them as far as I know. How strong it is would be another question all together. People bolt the 5S tranny to the 2nd gen, so I can't see why you wouldn't. It may not last as long but if you don't pop the clutch and load your tranny before giving it a lot of power it should hold up for a good while.

88 silicar
04-16-2006, 07:14 AM
Yeh, These motors share the same block so bolting the box in is no problem. Weather it is strong enough that is what im not sure about. What your saying Dan3312 makes alot of sense though. Need more info so if anyone has done this before, Please let me know.

Mr E
04-16-2006, 03:39 PM
Should be OK from what I understand. Suspect your front wheels will spin long before you'll break the box.

88 silicar
04-16-2006, 04:34 PM
Good point. I think using the old box and tricked up would be alot easier than going through the hassle of moding the mouning positions of the engine and box. Also not having to worry about finding drive shafts that will work on the conversion.

88 silicar
04-17-2006, 03:11 AM
If anyone has done this conversion or knows more about it please let me know.

04-19-2006, 06:18 AM
I have a 2nd gen 3sgteRC with a 94 or 95 3sge tranny in my 6th gen. Coming up on year two, *knock on wood* no problems at all.

http://www.6gc.net/index.php?action=members&itu=1221 (My car)

88 silicar
04-19-2006, 05:44 PM
I was starting to lose hope on this conversion, But finding someone thats done this conversion and have had no problems with it is making me feel alot better about doing it now. It would be good to get more feedback on other peoples work, Need input. Nice work defgeph.

88 silicar
04-20-2006, 06:47 PM
Can the standard boxes from the celicas handle the power from the 3SGTE.