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P700 Adding Manual Shift

Discussion in 'Pioneer 700 Shop Talk' started by CFECO, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. CFECO

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    I’m buying a 2018 P700 tomorrow, $8k out the door with 2500 miles, one owner and service records. It’s not the deluxe model so has no paddle shifters, is there a way to add a switch or lever to control the trans manually? We’ll be using it for pulling our road drag, and climbing the mountain trails on our ranch, and I don’t want it shifting unexpectedly.
     
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    To the best of my knowledge you can’t add this feature. I bought a 2020 700-2 deluxe a few months ago so I have this feature. While the bad news is I don’t think you can add it aftermarket, the really good news is the transmission is great. It’s very predictable and I doubt I’ll really use the paddle shifters much. Hope you enjoy it. The P700 is definitely under appreciated by many.
     
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    You'd need a wiring harness and the paddles at the least, maybe even an ECM.

    I haven't really ever looked at the difference between the Deluxe model. But the wiring harness doesn't have the paddle s*** connectors on the base model.
     
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    Thanks! Do the paddles just control electric switches, which do the shifting electrically? I should be going to get mine tomorrow, so the adventure begins...
     
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    I can’t really tell you how the paddles work. Hondatech comment above is probably accurate in that if you could find a way to wire switches you would probably need a new Engine Control Module. Could run some $$.
     
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    I would not worry about manual shift. They know when they need to shift and do it very well. Use mine in some awfully tough terrain and conditions. Don’t need or want to use manual.


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    I suspect to "convert" it over will be far more challenging and expensive than expected. Hence, I think you would be far better off driving the unit for a year, sell it and get something you "really" want with paddle shifters (700 or a used 1000).
     
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    After tracking down the proper harness and ecm, I wonder if the trans would have everything inside that it needs to receive from the paddles. Yeah, I'd give her some time and try it out doing your chores and if it's not doing what you need then trade it for one with paddles. Odds are, it won't be as bad as you think. :)
     
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