Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: US Midwest
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If you read the above links posted by Robert, they give a good how-to on the 5 speed swap. The manual ECU can be hacked and used per the how-to, but you will have a CEL light due to the automatic trans not being connected. If you use a manual ECU that issue is eliminated.
A slight correction on your "recall" statement for future reference. Honda extened the transmission waranty on 2000 and 2001 Accords (service bulletin 02-062) but there was no recall.
2000 Accord SE I4 F23A1 Auto - Sold @174k miles & 10 years ownership
1998 Accord LX I4 F23A1 5 speed - sons DD in DC
1987 Accord LX 5 spd Owned for 17 years sold @155k
1986 Accord LX Auto Totaled @137k miles
1983 Accord LX 5 spd My Second Accord traded in
1978 Accord LX 5 spd My First Accord sold @ 100k