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Old 01-30-2014, 08:25 AM   #1
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Recommended gears for Manual 5.0

I know this subject has been covered more than likely and yes I searched the topic I'm not finding the info I want in those forums. What gears are come in a stock 5.0 manual? And my cars a DD and will only be a bolt on car for street racing what are some good gears for it?
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Manuals come with 331s or 373s stock. Most guys agree that 373 is a great ratio for naturally aspirated coyote builds, but it might be a bit steep for supercharged builds.

For bolt-on street fun, my .02 says get a set of 373s and call it a day. Others might think differently though.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info
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For the street, 373. For anything on the track I'd go 331. I have 373's but i wish I had 331's for example since on road courses I tend to run out of gear pretty quickly.
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Manuals can come with 3.31's, 3.55's, or 3.73's.
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I also thought 3.73 would be perfect for the drag strip. What I found was the car runs out of 4th gear about 100 ft before the finish line.

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I have the 3.31, MT, DD and have a best of 12.97 (stock) at the strip with no traction on stock tires. I just shifted into 4th at the end if the quarter, almost could pull in just three, but only after a miss shift. I just got my 3.73 in the mail today. I am sure it will be deep in 4th, but not out. Do more research.
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I have the 3.31, MT, DD and have a best of 12.97 (stock) at the strip with no traction on stock tires. I just shifted into 4th at the end if the quarter, almost could pull in just three, but only after a miss shift. I just got my 3.73 in the mail today. I am sure it will be deep in 4th, but not out. Do more research.
You will more likely be shifting into 5th now before you cross the traps.
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I love my 3.55s for the strip. Since I plan on staying NA I won't need to ever shift into 5th. I think 4th will take me to 120 so that should be about perfect for what I need
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My $.02 is google the RPM Calculator, plug in your gear ratios/tire size and see what you will be turning at what speed. If you are going to the 1/4 you do NOT want to be shifting into 5th.

Everything else being stock the 3.55s will have you right in the sweet spot going accross the line in 4th.
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I am trying to make up my mind..I plan on buying a 2011 gt next week...I am trying to find one with all options i can get..is that a good idea or would you just buy one and fill it up with aftermarket options from ford of course, also is that the best year to be buying...what is best year for gt?
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Get an automatic no matter the year
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I am trying to make up my mind..I plan on buying a 2011 gt next week...I am trying to find one with all options i can get..is that a good idea or would you just buy one and fill it up with aftermarket options from ford of course, also is that the best year to be buying...what is best year for gt?
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Automatic 13-up is the best bet IMO. Apparently 11-12 model years have an issue with the #8 cylinder but its hit or miss. Although there are PLENTY of ppl running 11-12 cars with all sorts of power adders/modifications with 0 problems. Still... something to consider.
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why would i want auto?? I really love driving a stick ..I drive one everyday in my truck..but the knowledge and experience on this site is so right on I will read and give auto a good think thru..so why do i want an auto trans.? (im serious)
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The mt82 is trash trust me I got one
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An auto is more consistent and faster as you add more hp. A tune really wakes up the auto. People complain about the mt82 like crazy because it was outsourced to China. Yes there are more qa/qc issues. The remote mounted shifter isn't a good idea. But there are plenty of people who enjoy their mt82s who don't say anything. A shifter and/or shifter bracket does a good job cleaning up the slop, especially the mgw. After adding the mgw I've had zero, let me repeat that 0 complaints with my mt82. It was a little notchy and sloppy straight from the factory. But I absolutely love banging through the gears and knew I wanted a manual.
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People like the Barton shifters too. You'd want auto because mod for mod the auto will rape the manual in the 1/4. However, if you prefer the manual for street driving or are going to autox/road course the car get the manual.

All in personal preference. I could go auto easily in my 98 if I wanted but I'm putting a T-56 in it. Highway cruise RPM and cornering are important to me and the car is becoming a DD. With the crap gear ratios of the MT-82 though... ugh... No idea why they went with that crap trans vs the 6060. Well, I do, it was cost but that brings up the other question, why the **** would you spend all that R&D and $$$ making the Coyote so badass to put a junk Chinese trans behind it?
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barton vs mgw any thoghts as to which is better and should i invest in a panhard or is something called watts linkage the way to go?
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I plan on having this 2011 gt for a very ,very long time unless a shelby becomes feasible..so i need all help i can get. Where do i start with mods??
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barton vs mgw any thoghts as to which is better and should i invest in a panhard or is something called watts linkage the way to go?
MGW hands down. Do some searching for threads and read everyone's reviews on shifters. There's a ton of them
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All in personal preference. I could go auto easily in my 98 if I wanted but I'm putting a T-56 in it.
I put a T-56 from an 03-04 Cobra in my Mach 1. It was a great transmission and held up just fine with my Whipple that made 700+ horsepower and torque.
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I put a T-56 from an 03-04 Cobra in my Mach 1. It was a great transmission and held up just fine with my Whipple that made 700+ horsepower and torque.
Yeah if the dude would answer his damn texts... From when he texts it looks like he works night shift though and I have to wait another week or so before Uncle Sam pays out anyway. Most ppl do seem to think the 2.66 1st gear is useless but I don't think so. Not with a bigger power car anyway and I'm Tork Teching this ***** in May.
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