CAGS Bypass Installation on a C5 (Manual)
Shift a C5 when you want to...
BY: Chris (VetteFinders.com)
One of the most annoying "features" of the C4
Corvettes both have is the Computer Aided Gear Selection
(CAGS). For most
Corvette owners, it is neither a "feature" nor an Aid.
CAGS is only installed
on manual Corvettes. It was designed by GM to avoid the
gas guzzler tax.
This feature forces the driver to shift from first to
fourth gear when
the engine is warm and the rpm is in the lower range and
the gas pedal
is only slightly depressed.
While some may consider the forced
shift a positive thing,
because surely the first to fourth shift increases gas
milage, most driver
want control of what gear the transmission is in.
Fortunately, there is a simple bypass
you can install
in minutes that will eliminate this feature. The CAGS
eliminator is a
small wiring harness that plugs into the existing wiring
so that the Corvette's
computers will not throw error codes. The CAGS
eliminator is available
for years 1989-2001 and can be purchased through the VetteFinders.com
First, block the front tires. Use a
floor jack to raise
the rear end of the car. (See "How to Jack a C5) Then
under the rear support. The transmission is located at
the rear of the
car just in front of the rear differential. Look on the
of the transmission near the top. You will see a blue
and white wiring
harness plugged into the transmission
Next, gently pry up the clip holding
the harness into
the transmission and pull it out. Take the small bypass
plug and plug
it in from where you just removed the harness. Then take
the larger bypass
harness and plug it into the original wire that went
into the transmission.
Now, you will notice, that if you didn't secure the
wiring, it would hang
down and possibly contact some hot surfaces. You can
eliminate this with
the use of a zip-tie. There is a round hole that you can
zip-tie the harness
to. After the harness is secure, you are done.
The 1st to 4th shift light on the dashboard will still
the computer will not force the shift and the computers
will not display
any error codes.
For questions or comments about this
article, drop RHYS
a line at chrisg@VetteFinders.com
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