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Old 08-08-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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pros and cons of swapping tranny to a 5-speed?

I was just wondering if I should swap my automatoc transmission to a 5-speed, I've been wanting to but it just seems too expensive, what would the pros and cons be of this project
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Well what are your plans with the car? Daily driver? Drag? Both? Lol
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Well what are your plans with the car? Daily driver? Drag? Both? Lol
I was thinking both, but it'd mostly be a daily driver.
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A well built Automatic will outperform a manual for drag racing. For best control, many like manuals
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A well built Automatic will outperform a manual for drag racing. For best control, many like manuals
Yeah I was thinking about putting a shift kit into the tranny I have now but still debating on that or the 5-speed either way as long as it'll chirp them in second gear ill be fine lol
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A well built Automatic will outperform a manual for drag racing. For best control, many like manuals
What he said. As long as your current tranny is okay, take your time and buy the parts. That's what i did on my 90' GT, and ended up getting everything for the swap for just over 500 bucks (craigslist ftw). I prefer a manual, so the swap was well worth it. But some say a shift kit and a higher stall converter can make all the difference for an auto. I just didnt like the lack of control lol
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:19 PM   #7
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I put a performance valve body in my 89 aod tranny and I didn't really notice much at all as far as 0-60 times it does snap a little more when it shifts. My car still struggles to spin the tires in 1st let alone chirping 2nd. But for 240. bucks I didn't expect too much. In all fairness my 5.0 has over 100K and is getting tired though. If you change the valve body make sure you change the filter and torque the bolts to 100 inch pounds or you wont have 3rd or overdrive.
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The AOD needs a little more work to get there. The 97.5-up 4R transmissions is when they really got good. Bolt on PI automatics with aftermarket stalls and a J-mod/tune can do mid 12s which is what a new off the showroom 5.0 runs... yeah...
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:36 AM   #9
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Put a 5 speed in! Auto equals boring street car. Its fun to rip gears don't anybody tell me different lol
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Put a 5 speed in! Auto equals boring street car. Its fun to rip gears don't anybody tell me different lol
It is fun..... until you hit heavy traffic.
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It is fun..... until you hit heavy traffic.
It never bothered me once you've been driving one for so long you don't even realize its a pita
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The strength of a T5 is very low as well. If you're doing a manual trans swap, go straight to a T56 if you can. More strength and highway mpg. My mpg SUCKS with a T5 and 4.10s
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It is fun..... until you hit heavy traffic.
Also until the dude with the stalled automatic next to you blows your doors off at a light... I'm sorry losing isn't fun period. Bang away at gears all day and enjoy it and if that's what the driver prefers that's what the driver prefers.

I've ridden in/driven stalled auto cars and I'm not sure why I haven't converted mine yet... probably because its been beaten into my head since I was a kid that autos don't belong in sports cars. I will say from life experience if your auto is boring its because its slow. Come off the transbrake at 5000 rpm in a 400whp car with a good drag setup and keep calling that a boring ride.

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Also until the dude with the stalled automatic next to you blows your doors off at a light... I'm sorry losing isn't fun period. Bang away at gears all day and enjoy it and if that's what the driver prefers that's what the driver prefers.

I've ridden in/driven stalled auto cars and I'm not sure why I haven't converted mine yet... probably because its been beaten into my head since I was a kid that autos don't belong in sports cars. I will say from life experience if your auto is boring its because its slow. Come off the transbrake at 5000 rpm in a 400whp car with a good drag setup and keep calling that a boring ride.

My buddy's car exactly⬆ and he's switching back to a tremec! It's just not as fun that's straight from a guy who switched to auto. Unless he's at the strip he's bored
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Like I said it's all about personal preference. I still hold by my belief that if someone is bored with their auto its beause it isn't fast enough.
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Also until the dude with the stalled automatic next to you blows your doors off at a light... I'm sorry losing isn't fun period. Bang away at gears all day and enjoy it and if that's what the driver prefers that's what the driver prefers.

I've ridden in/driven stalled auto cars and I'm not sure why I haven't converted mine yet... probably because its been beaten into my head since I was a kid that autos don't belong in sports cars. I will say from life experience if your auto is boring its because its slow. Come off the transbrake at 5000 rpm in a 400whp car with a good drag setup and keep calling that a boring ride.

I never intended for mine to go in a straight line which is what the auto is good for. If I wanted to drag my car it'd have a built/ stalled 3 speed in it.
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It never bothered me once you've been driving one for so long you don't even realize its a pita
Ive been driving a manual for over 10yrs and it never really bothered me too much. Then again my clutch isnt as street friendly as a stock one and my knee kills me in traffic.
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Ive been driving a manual for over 10yrs and it never really bothered me too much. Then again my clutch isnt as street friendly as a stock one and my knee kills me in traffic.
I'm fighting this battle right now. Try a soft knee brace, a good one is around $20-$30 and it really makes a world of difference. I got a fitted one from my orthopedic specialist and its like someone installed a new knee when I'm wearing it. May end up keeping my 98 now because of it.

There is also the aftermarket hydraulic clutch route...
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