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How to modify your MA5 Gearbox - 5th gear change

To lower the revs in 5th, read as: Increase speed on tuned engine / more fuel economical (but less acceleration!)

You can find the MA5 gearbox on a lot of Peugeots and Citroens. The MA5 gearbox is normally used on the TU series engines: the 954cc TU9, the 1124cc TU1, the 1360cc TU3 and the 1587cc TU5 8valve and 16v.

5th gear options:

41/35 0,85366
47/32 0,68085
43/33 0,76744

All the available end reductions for the MA5 gearbox:

18/62 3,44444
17/61 3,58824
17/64 3,76471
16/63 3,93750
16/65 4,06250
14/60 4,28571
13/64 4,92308

Together with the standard 2CA63 end reduction (16/65) you will run 3625rpm instead of 4035 rpm with 155/70/13 tires for 120kmh. Maximum speed is: 205 km/h@6200rpm (but you will need about 98Kw 131hp at the wheels! ).

MA5 2CA63 gearbox

This is the 2CA63 gearbox, that came with my TU3 engine. It has the following gear ratio's:

1st: 12/41 3,41667

2nd: 20/39 1,95000

3rd: 28/38 1,35714

4th: 37/39 1,05405

5th 41/35 0,85366


PSA MA5 5th gear

There are three options for the fifth gear:

41/35 0,85366
47/32 0,68085
43/33 0,76744

I replaced the original 5th gear for an 43:33 ratio. Which came of an 2CA86 gearbox.

If you look closely, you 'll see the 41 count gear on the bottom.

MA5 gearshift fork First remove the fifth gear cover, after that remove the locking pin for 5th gear.
MA5 gearbox locking nut removed Select Reverse gear, and carefully press the 5th gear fork down. You have now selected two gears, so you can remove the nut on the gear!
MA5 gearbox synchromesh I removed the fork, but you will have to be carefull! Hold the centre sention firmly in place. Otherwise you will have to find 3 little springs and three little balls in your shed!
Hold the remaining stuff together, gently pull it of the axle. Put a screwdriver on the bottom, so you can also take the bearing off.
MA5 gearbox retaining clip 5th gear Remove the retaining clip and ring. You will have to remove the gear with a pulley remover. You can also use a flat screwdriver: gently put it under the gear and wiggle. Turn 120degrees, wiggle again... Keep repeating that a thousand times and you will get it off eventually!
MA5 5th gear removed This is how it looks when the gears are removed. Mounting them is the reversal of taking them apart! But do not forget to install your new gear...

General advice: Drain the gearbox oil before you begin. Otherwise your shed will be like an oil platform! Remove the drain plug (just below the differential) with a square socket wrench and drain the oil, and at the same time remove the metal parts that are collected on the magnet attached to the oil drain plug.

There is also an "fill" plug or "level" plug on the gearbox, just next to the fifth gear cover. If you look at the top picture you can see them both. This plug has also an magnet and needs to be cleaned once in a while. Fill the gearbox with 2 liters of SAE 75W80 oil.


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