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    Default Prepping a T5 for a worked 355

    Whats involved in getting my gearbox ready to handle some decent abuse?? Ive never really played around with manuals before to much but the t5 in my ute aint exactly the healthyest box ever. I rang a few gearbox places and asked a few questions. I was told by 1 place for $750 that they will rebuild it ready for a worked stroker but he was very vague with what he would actually do to the box. Id rather do all the work myself, but can anyone advise me on what I need to do? Is it just a case of renewing all the bearings, seals and anything thats worn?
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    Strengthening the gear box may well involve shot peening the gears and fitting of larger bearings to handle the higher torque load, so unless you have access to machine lathes/ milling machines to bore out the housings for larger bearings all you could do at home is re build it with new standard bearings and seals. the Best method to ensure good life is DONT ABUSE the box, and it will last, i run a supra 5 speed behind my stroker and its got a shitload of torque, so just dont flat shift or drop the clutch / burnouts either and it should have a good life, remember, as soon as you increase engine power, you de crease the life of everything behind it

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    Yeah fair enough. Problem is though, How can you be certain a gearbox rebuilder actually does all this work that they are supposed to do it? I guess the question should be Can anyone recomend a good gearbox place around the Wollongong area or Sydney?
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    Sell it and get something else with reasonable ratios.
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    What do you reckon? T56?
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    I'll be able to let you know about the T56 in a week or two.

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    top loaders are supposed to be pretty strong but dunno how you go with the ford bits in a holden

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    i think mal wood in QLD does upgrade's for the T5.uses yankee bits inside them to beef them up
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    Yeh I think he use's stuff from g-force

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    T56 would be the go..I am running a Toploader in the new race car..1st is similiar to a M21 about 2.6, the T5 usually run about a 3.7 1st which is fine if you are stuck in a river bed...not much good for anything else..The new internals would cost you about 2 2ndhand T56s.
    My TopL came with bellhousing,clutch, arm,p/plate shifter etc etc all to just bolt into the 308 LH. $750.
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    good score

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    Was too...I would love to have a T56 but I am in Historic so have to run 4 forward gears only.
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    mate my advise (cause i don't know much about rebuilding any thing) ring mal wood auto's in warrick he will rebuild and re-stenghtin it and build a smick arse kick arse clutch that you'll have a hard time breaking that. my mate had t56 rebuilt by him and clutch for a 383 to run dyno events and man what a weapon... that's my advise MALWOOD AUTOMOTIVE IN WARRICK. you can't go wrong...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daryn
    I'll be able to let you know about the T56 in a week or two.
    Yeah mate. Please let me know how it goes hey. Ive heard good and bad reports about the t56, but none from anyone who I would really rely on if you know what I mean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richo
    mate my advise (cause i don't know much about rebuilding any thing) ring mal wood auto's in warrick he will rebuild and re-stenghtin it and build a smick arse kick arse clutch that you'll have a hard time breaking that. my mate had t56 rebuilt by him and clutch for a 383 to run dyno events and man what a weapon... that's my advise MALWOOD AUTOMOTIVE IN WARRICK. you can't go wrong...
    Ill definately keep that in mind too. Sounds like a really good option.
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