T5 Expert Operator
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: 3Fb Skunk Works(JXR01 Dev)
Re: opinions on the T5
Ok having driven a range of Falcons with T5 gearbox's i can firstly say that they are quite strong box's and will cop a fair bit of abuse and will last well into the 250,000km mark provided one changes the oil regularly with a good light oil as Soxx mentioned. I'm lead to believe that the Castrol TransMax Z is the way to go. At the moment i'm running Mobil Dextron with Nulon G70 in my XR6.
Another thing i find with the T5 is that when they are new (0-40,000km) they seem to shift quite ordinary. Ian this could be your problem as i recalled our EF had the same problem when new. Even selecting reverse or 1st gear from stationary can prove very difficult. However after the km's on the T5 they seem to run in and shift quality improves quite alot with good shifts.
One thing i've noticed with the falcon clutch's (especially in my XR6) is that the factory 140mm pedal travel is waaay to long and i've found myself missing gears big time under heavy acceleration. With a short clutch uptake
(80mm or so) gear shifts are much more positive.
Hope this helps.
Motor May 2001 Quote: "Believe it or not, there are actually a bunch of weirdos out there who reckon a six cylinder is the dux gutz. Bugger it: I'm one of them" :s5
AUII Late Ed XR6 HP T5 Venom- Full Tickford Body Kit, 17in Wheels, Herrod Bi-plane Spoiler, Momo Steer/Gear, T-Series Interior Options, Premium Stereo and a very light-tuned 4.0L I6
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Last edited by XR_Strider_GuY; 01-06-04 at 03:11 AM.