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joe
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posted 05-26-2001 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joe   Click Here to Email joe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The car is getting an injected 302, possibly a T5, been thinking about a Richmond. What kind of gears would be good for everyday use. It's not going to be a racer but it's also not going to be a fuel sipper.

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steve'66
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posted 05-26-2001 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With a T-5 you'll want 4.11 gears. Without the O.D. a 3.55 ratio will wake it up.

SteveW

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JAAZZY
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posted 05-26-2001 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAAZZY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I have the Richmond 5spd. For a street car anything more than 3.50s would be tough. I never could get traction in 1st. I don't think the T-5 has as low a first gear.

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richard bohm
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posted 05-27-2001 04:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for richard bohm   Click Here to Email richard bohm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
for the street dont go over 3.50's even then you might find yourself launching in second gear.

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74merc
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posted 05-27-2001 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74merc   Click Here to Email 74merc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Depends on which Richmond you have as to whether it has a lower first than a T5.
most T5's are:
1st : 3.35
2nd : 1.99
3rd : 1.33
4th : 1.00
5th : 0.68

if its a T5 z, you can get it with a 2.95 first gear, which works better with lower rear end ratio. it seems the consensus on corral.net(Mustang site, more into 5.0s than anything else) is 3.73s for a T5, 4.10s for an AOD. Even with 3.73s its hard to keep it from getting silly in second, first is pretty tough...

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302
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Will the 302 built properly this summer? wish I knew...
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joe
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posted 05-28-2001 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joe   Click Here to Email joe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the advice guys.

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kcode
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posted 05-28-2001 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joe,
Big difference with trannys as far a gear selection. If I'm correct the Richmond 5-speed in standard form is not an overdrive 1:1 fifth gear where the T-5 will have a .63 or .68 fifth gear. I've got a T-5 in both the 65 and 66. I was running 3.89 rear gears in my coupe and first gear will get away from you very quick, 3.35 first gear ratio. I recently changed to a 3.50 rear gear and cruise the interstate at 2400 @ 74 mph. Tough decision ain't it..

Mike

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joe
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posted 05-29-2001 03:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for joe   Click Here to Email joe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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joe
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posted 05-29-2001 03:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for joe   Click Here to Email joe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going to end up flipping a coin, just watch.

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74merc
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posted 05-29-2001 03:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74merc   Click Here to Email 74merc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
unless you find a good deal on a T5, I'd go with a Tremec.
they seem to last longer, handle more torque as well.
Richmond seems to cost around the same as the Tremec, just a tad more than a new T5.
Tremec has good ratios, similar to the T5z, and of course overdrive.

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