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Old 06-07-2006, 05:08 PM
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whats a good manual tranny?

i was wondering what or which manual tranny is any good. i want to put a sbc v8 in my new rx7 and it's already set up for a manual {insert smiley burning out here}

i'm guessing something with 5pd./overdrive to help with the mpg (due to our ridiculous gas prices ) but will handle the power of a built v8 and will put me in a neck brace when i pop the clutch but yet strong/reliable. if thats possible

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Old 06-08-2006, 03:46 AM
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whats a good manual tranny?

What about a Doug Nash/Richmond Gear tranny,they have 5 & 6 speeds available with different ratio's available and they are a strong and reliable tranny.One very important thing to do when installing any standard tranny is to make sure you have the bellhousing/input shaft/crankshaft end bearing properly lined up,if not you will break parts,clutches,gears,throw out bearings,and it could be hard to shift.Lakewood has a tech section on how to do this,and there are also other ways to acheive the same results.
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You may want to check out the transmissions from Tremec. They have both a 500 and 600 ft-lb rated transmission. The 5th speed is the overdrive, with either .82 or .64 o/d ratios....I'm not too familiar with the Richmond/Nash stuff, but some of the 5 speeds are not o/d, so you get a 5th gear at 1:1.
I have a Tremec TKO 600 and it has a .64 o/d ratio which allows me to go with a 3.73 rear and 31" rear tires on my street rod.
Here's a couple of sites:

http://www.ttcautomotive.com/English/home/home.asp
http://keislerauto.com/
http://www.5speedtransmissions.com/
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re: what's a good tranny

i've got a tremec TKO 600 and love it. it's in a Firebird with about 435 horses comming out of a 400-ci motor and still gets 18 mpg on the highway. i've also got a buddy with an old Datsun 280z that has a 400-horse LT1 and 4.11 rear gears that gets 18-20 on the highway. good luck!

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thanks for the links and the other good info

i think i might just keep the rotary engine, but i don't know i'm still playing with the idea of putting a v8 in it.

i'll probably change my mind again by tomorrow

thanks, Jesse
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hi, sorry it's been almost 2 months but i was still toying with the idea of making a v8 rx7.

alright after much thaught and debating (with myself) i found myself thinking about seriously doing it in the last week in a 1/2. so i think i'll end up doing it here in the future. so anyway after much reading and looking here and there this is what i found out.

alot of people are putting the t-56 in there old muscle cars and alot of modern cars. i have also read mixed views, some say the t-5 was better for there app. and others with the t-56 say "no way" the t-56 would've been better.

so which is it? is what i was thinking to myself, how can someone with one tranny say it's better than the other guys tranny when they're not the one driving the car so on searching i went. i found some people say the t-56 is more reliable and can take the abuse it was made for and thats why it was put in vipers, lt1's, and blah blah

so then i found out the bottom line was > it depended on the builder and (of course) wallet size and that sucks b/c my wallet normally looks like it was ran over by the steam roller

so here it is, choosing between the t-5 & t-56 completely stock which would you choose to put in and why? if it were you

i just wanna know your guys opinion on this. i could keep searching and reading till my eyeballs fall outa of there sockets, but i'd rather discuss it with some you so i can get a better prespective on this

thank always,

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Did not see this thread earlier

I have the Tremic TKO in my 59 EC. It has a 3:27 (i think) first gear so it acts like it has a 4:10 rear---actually have a 3:36.

I like it enough that I intend on putting one in my 66 EC and my 454 c-10 pick-up. (hope it is tough enough for the occaisional towing i do).

The TKO in my 59 was bought a few years ago (it was called the TKO II then) and had to be modified for a chev, but, I think that they are now being produced for all of the big 3.

Again--sorry I did not see this sooner

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it's alright, i started thread about a month ago. i didn't want to re-post so i just braught this one up again

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Go with the T-56. The T5 was availiable in a world class and a non world class. The W/C was good for up to about 300 ft/lbs of torque, and was availiable in acmaros, firebirds, mustangs, ect after about 1986. The non-W/C was a weak trans, anything more than a stock 305 would destroy them. The T56 is good to around 400-450 ft/lbs, depending what year it was manufactured, and would help the mileage as it has a double o/d. To 1993, a .80:1 fifth, and .62:1 sixth gear and was good for 400 ft/lbs, and from 1994-1997 a .74:1 fifth and .50:1 sixth, good for 450 ft/lbs. The older trans had a little deeper gearing, but the newer one is slightly stronger.
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