Originally Posted by jas24zzk
I am trying to find others who have put an I6 T5 up to a clevo...need info.... apart from that am trying to source parts to put my hands on for some measurements.
anyone done it???
I have a 6 cyl T5 mated up to a Cleveland in my XE, but I don't know thorough details as my brother, who did most of the mechanical work on the project, was the one who researched it all beforehand and got it set up.
From what I remember, the input shaft of a V8 T5 was too long to fit in the Cleveland, a conclusion I think I read that you'd come to yourself, which confirms what I'd heard. The first one I had came from an ED, which blew up not long ago (stripped all the teeth off third gear, I wasn't driving it so I didn't see/hear what it did or what kind of load it was under), and I've just replaced it with one from a 96 XH ute. To get them to fit was quite easy, we had lugs welded to the bottom of the standard bellhousing to redrill the bottom bolt holes as it's a deeper box, and we had to machine down the diametre of the input bearing cover for it to fit in the hole. I can't think of anything else we had to do. I don't know about clutches and splines, but my brother would've got a heavy clutch to fit that box, not necessarily an XE clutch.
My brother had just put in a 3.23:1 diff after having a 2.92:1 when the old box blew, before I'd driven it with the new diff, and what I have found interesting is that 5th gear between the 2 setups (ED box with a 2.92 diff, and XH box with a 3.23 diff) is pretty much exactly the same, so the XH ute box has a taller 5th gear than the earlier one, which works out brilliantly as it's lower in all the other gears because of the lower diff, but the open road is the same. It's win win.