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BanditKoval
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t5 conversion...

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how hard is it to convert a c3 to a t5? and what might be needed.. im starting to get bored of auto and plus the fact that the trans cant handle power is kinda like awww.. so i figured why not get a t5 and give her some needed power
1989 Merkur XR4Ti (Red):
  • -2.3l Turbo (new head, ranger cam, m11 turbo)
    -157k miles
    -C3 Auto
    -3" inch exhaust no cat w/ resonator
1995 Ford Mustang GT (Green):
  • -5.0l 302ci V8
    -154k miles
    -3.73 gearing, 4 speed auto
    -2.5" true dual exhaust no cats
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Re: t5 conversion...

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I got my pedals, flywheel and clutch from Jeff at Merkur Midwest. Bought the T5, bell and clutch lever from a guy parting an SVO Mustang, so no issues with the pilot bushing. Bought the expensive 2 piece DS from Rapido. I had a clutch cable from who-knows-where and the speedo cable reused. Jeff may have helped also with a firewall rubber grommet - I recall I did a stock set-up, but I can't recall where those pieces came from or if all XR's have a plate there. I just don't remember. Also bought the pricey Euro console from Jeff (all his parts were reasonable, but since the console is a "luxury", even $10 is a lot!). All worked well, but a guibo is nice if you want it as smooth as stock. Even with a good DS alignment and a 2-piece shaft, a guibo is really needed. If Fiat 124's have them, you need them with IRS - unless you have a very short shaft like a Corvette or E-Type.
'86 928, black, 5sp, red full leather, 55k
(daily driver!)
'91 FZR 1000
'64 XKE FHC, in a thousand pieces
2003 BMW Ci (just like an XR!)
'89 XR, red family car
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