New Motor edition - Hot Tuners - GO THE T5!!!!
Just wondering if you guys have read the above? Interesting. In particular I thought I would quote two sections about the T5 in both the XR6 and T....
Page 40: "The Phase III test mule has completed more than 140 dyno runs and numerous quarter-miles, and had a thrashing with the press behind the wheel. With its 400kW (plus) of crankshaft power, the stock T5 XR6 Turbo transmission has stood up admirably. It has not been modified, apart from getting a fresh sump of high-quality gearbox oil. It's amazingly quiet, the synchros still work like new and the shift is positive and precise. The same praise can be heaped on the differential and axles, which have stood up to the torture without failure. The only part of the driveline that has required attention is the clutch. It was factory designed to be a weak link that slips as power increases. APS's solution is an up-rated Phase III-capable clutch and pressure plate assembly."
I agree with them (not that I have Phase III or a T for that matter) given that my clutch has been causing me problems.....
Also, at page 52, the guys are talking about who the CAPA kits are good for the autos which are not handling the power from other methods....
"Since the BA Falcon range was release, the factory has been warning the aftermarket about the dangers of putting too much stress on the driveline. Initially it was considered that the manual XR6 turbo, with its "glass" T5 transmission, would suffer at the hands of the tuners the most, with the auto soaking up the punishment. In reality, it worked in reverse. It seems the clutch packs inside the automatic transmissions are suffering most at the hands of the big torque loading at low revs in the boosted turbo cars. This is where the the CAPA kit has a distinct advantage......"As we bring the boost on gradually, we aren't shocking any of the auto components...."
GO THE T5!!!!!!!!
2003 BA NA XR6, Silhouette, manual, sunroof, premium audio, alarm, window tint, scuff plates, Navman (in TIMEOUT (tm))
JMM DEV3 BA kit
2.5 inch cat
2.5 inch exhaust
Air intake conversion/pod
14.80 @ 95.33 mph
Founder MTAS (Manual Transmission Appreciation Society)
Founder Society Against Stupid SMS Language
O.F.R. # 138
Last edited by XRchic; 04-09-04 at 03:44 AM.