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You are in luck. Your IRS transaxle has the same side plates as the swing axles so you can flip the ring gear. The later IRS transaxles only had one removable side plate and the ring gear cannot be flipped in those.

Unfortunately, it is a little more difficult than your typical Ford three speed transmission of the same era. I found this rebuilder's course (and tools) invaluable when I rebuilt my swing axle: Rebuilders Courses.

These people seem to think it will be easy - they say just keep the same number of gaskets to maintain clearances: How hard is it to flip the ring gear in a vw trans?

I'll admit, I never "just" flipped the ring gear. When I was in a transaxle there were bigger issues to deal with.


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