Community Member Credit: vipervadim
95-01 5spd VLSD rebuild (open diff part numbers too)
I’ve rebuilt 8+ or so 5spd open/VLSDs. Converted plenty of 6spds to HLSD/spec-V 6spd swaps. So it’s not a big deal for me to undertake something like this in a week.
I usually work thru and don’t stop to take pictures, so here’s some pics I was able to snap in between working/breaks. This is not a guide by any means, just familiarizes you with what is involved. This is not a job for someone who doesn’t have intermediate/advanced wrenching skills – so you’ve been warned..
it took me a week to disassemble my first 5spd back in 2005, now ~3 hours. If you are not familiar with how a manual transmission works internally, or are not confident in your abilities or can’t deal with issues when issues arise – leave this job for someone who knows it well.
I did not show the disassembly of shift forks/pins/how to set the check ball system/reverse gear/proper way to re-shim new bearings and other complex parts of rebuild, so once again this is NOT a how-to guide in any form or shape – I’m just posting pics of my progress.
BEARINGS SEALS PART NUMBERS
All ordered from Nissan = NACHI/NSK/NTN high quality Japanese bearings.
I’ve seen cheap kits with unknown bearing brands (made in china) and would not recommend using them due to the questionable quality of bearings
- Input shaft bearing 1 – 32203-03E13
- Input shaft bearing 2 – 32203-03E00
- Main shaft bearing 1 – 32273-79E00
- Main shaft bearing 2 – 32223-79E62
- Pass side diff bearing (open diff – 2X) – 38440-96E00
- VLSD driver side diff bearing (EXPENSIVE) – 38440-79E01
- Input shaft seal – 32113-03E00
- Shifter yoke seal – 32858-03E00
- Pass side axle seal – 38342-81X01
- VLSD driver axle seal – 38342-51E00
- Open diff driver axle seal – 38342-81X00
How do you know if you have open diff or VLSD (the dumb way – look at the transmission)
- if axle seal is small = open diff (left)
- if axle seal is large = VLSD (right)
Now that you know what transmission you have you can get the proper seals/bearings.. not gonna be cheap (VLSD bearings are ~$450)
Onto the pictures: starting disassembly
Cover is Off
Shift forks, main/input shafts and diff is out
OLD bearings off
OLD bearing leftovers
Shift yoke out
Yoke with new seal and boot in
New bearings pressed on
Assembled and sealed (need to swap speed sensor)
Old tranny out
VLSD tranny going in
NEW axles, NEW throw out bearing
and that’s all.. fun times y0!!