Hello d series! I am brand new to the forum and new to dseries in general. I have never had anything but 4th gen preludes and one 92 hatch with full h22 swap. But here goes... I have 94 hatch with a d16z6. From my searches and reading of trans FAQs I see that 96 00 trans' have steel shift forks rather than aluminum forks like the 92 95s do. I have a grind going into 2nd gear at above. 7k rpms and at stop signs and red lights I have to put it in 2nd before I shift to 1st before I take off, otherwise if I go straight into 1st it feels like I am going to bend or break something. So I am looking into just buying a 96 00 ex trans to replace my current trans with. I understand that the trans code is s40 b000 for the EK ex trans but I can't find one anywhere it seems... So I have contacted some jdm import houses and inquired about a quote "96 to 00 ex d series trans" and they say they have some. But what i am concerned about is.... Did the japanese ever have d series from 96+?? I do not want another aluminum shift fork trans and would really prefer the steel forked 96+ trans. Can anyone shed light on this for me? Any help would be appreciated. Sorry for the long post lol. An excuse my typing I am on a iPhone and have no computer!