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Old 05-31-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default T5 or T56 for a 289/ future Coyote

Any one has any recommendation/advice on what tranny to get? I currently have a 289 engine on the car but i intend to upgrade to a Coyote once i upgrade to a DSE suspension (down the line i hope). Should i wait to upgrade once i get the engine or as i hope can i upgrade the transmission now? and if so should i go for the T5 or T56? the main purpose of the car is a daily driver

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Old 05-31-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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Might want to wait. A trans for a Coyote will commonly have an integrated bellhousing, though they can be had without.

A Coyote will break most T5's btw, unless it's been heavily upgraded. But I still wouldn't trust the case. And at that point cost wise, might as well get a TKO/T56.

And just in case you weren't aware....putting a Mod/Coyote in a Classic can be very expensive and WILL negatively impact the handling of the car. The Coyote is a really nice engine to be sure, but be aware that putting one in a Classic is not without it's drawbacks. You'll go faster and corner better for less money with a SBF (just some fyi before you spend a ton of money).
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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yes that is my dream but realistically i think ill just go with TCP and upgrade to a 302. thanks, i was just looking for advice

PS- I'm a noob, whats an SBF?
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:38 PM   #4
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SBF = Small Block ford. 289/302/351W etc. You can build a 351W as a 408 or 427 stroker that makes 500-550hp all engine on pump gas relatively easily these days.

No need to go TCP, though their stuff is nice. Properly modified stock type suspension can actually handle REALLY well. The Ford engineers that developed the suspension really knew what they were doing. Unfortunately, it was poorly implemented from the factory in order to save money.

Relocate the upper control arms, use the right springs/shocks/bushings....the stock setup actually has excellent suspension and steering geometry. The biggest handling issues Classics have is in the rear suspension. It takes some work to make leaf springs function well, but it can be done reasonably cost effectively.

Keep in mind too, if you ever want to race competitively in something like autocross, modifications determine your class. You put something like a TCP front suspension on....and suddenly you're competing against $200,000 race cars in SOLOII.
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