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Supercharged111

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and people say T5's can't handle power.... :)

I witnessed a 260whp 5.3 rip 3rd out of an Astro gutted T5 late in the final at Hallett a couple years ago. That's not the only one, but they do hold up decently with such little power. 30 minutes of WOT is hard on everything though.
 

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I witnessed a 260whp 5.3 rip 3rd out of an Astro gutted T5 late in the final at Hallett a couple years ago. That's not the only one, but they do hold up decently with such little power. 30 minutes of WOT is hard on everything though.

the gears are not the issue with the T5 or the T5 WC, The case is the achelles heal of the T5 and that shows up taking off at the line from a dead stop, not when its rolling. And anything that would take 30 minutes at WOT to do the 1/4 won't have the power to hurt a T5.... :popcorn:
 
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the gears are not the issue with the T5 or the T5 WC, The case is the achelles heal of the T5 and that shows up taking off at the line from a dead stop, not when its rolling. And anything that would take 30 minutes at WOT to do the 1/4 won't have the power to hurt a T5.... :popcorn:

This isn't 1/4 mile, this is road racing. With 3rd being the farthest from a bearing my understanding is that this gear is a problem. I've never personally broken one. Come to think of it, isn't 5th and reverse out back? Meaning 3rd isn't the farthest away?
 
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T5's have a place - low HP or lightweight cars. All of them will break like a toothpick with any kind of real power. With that said, I put one in my kids '67 C20 behind an Inline 250. Been there for almost 30K miles. Works fine, probably could use a set of synchro rings.

Just had the T5 debate with a friend with a crate 302 in a Fairmont wagon. He swears it's plenty tough enough, and I agreed for 15-16 second 1/4's. He's just about ready to throw some laughing gas at it, and I reminded him that a magnet won't pickup all of the debris from his transmission (hehe).
 
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T5's have a place - low HP or lightweight cars. All of them will break like a toothpick with any kind of real power. With that said, I put one in my kids '67 C20 behind an Inline 250. Been there for almost 30K miles. Works fine, probably could use a set of synchro rings.

Just had the T5 debate with a friend with a crate 302 in a Fairmont wagon. He swears it's plenty tough enough, and I agreed for 15-16 second 1/4's. He's just about ready to throw some laughing gas at it, and I reminded him that a magnet won't pickup all of the debris from his transmission (hehe).

I put one behind a GT40P top swapped 5.0 HO in my Crown Vic for a couple years and it did fine. I think I eeked out a high 15 second pass at 4700' (DA was over 7000' IIRC with an atrocious 60'. I really wish I'd have rerun it after the 3.73 and traklok. They shut us down for wind after 3 or 4 passes so I never did get it figured out that day with the open 3.08
 
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The car in that video is not running a stock T5 in my opinion. They can be made to easily handle 11.40 @ 120 behind a lower torque engine. It's an impressive car. Does it ever get driven?
 
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