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    94/95 5 Speed in a 92???

    Hello, I was wondering if anybody knows if a 94/95 Thunderbird 5 Speed transmission will fit a 92 bird? Are the trannys the same as the 89-93 M5R2's? I am doing a auto to manual swap and found a 94 SC with a 5 speed but am not sure if it is the same tranny as the 89-93. Same gear rations? Please help me. Thanks,
    -Derek

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    the 94/95's have a better gear ratio, get it if you can.

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    They are relatively the same, but a few differences in gear ratios. You can use either one with no problems. I know the early m5r2's are better for 94-95's...thats what I have in my 94.

    Gear ratios from the FAQ page:

    http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12473
    Current: 1993 SC 5.0L Auto Red, 1994 SC 5-speed Teal, 1995 SC 5-speed Chameleon Blue
    Old: 89 SC auto Twilight Blue, 89 SC stick Titanium, 90 35th stick, 92 Sport 5.0L stick, 94 SC stick Black, 1994 SC Auto Teal
    Also: 1992 Feature Mustang Convertible 5-speed Vibrant Red, 1991 BMW 850i 6-speed Red, 1994 BMW 850CSi 6-speed Red

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    Re: Late M5R2 in an early car

    If you can get a Late Model SC 5-spd DO IT!!!!!!!!

    I upgraded my '89 XR-7 to 3.27 gears, while using my original early model 5-spd. 1st. gear became almost unuseable. Basically the race routine was , Dump......Shift

    Eventually I replaced my early 5-spd (basically WIDE ratio) tranny, for a late model 5-spd (basically CLOSE ratio).

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a difference a tranny makes!!!!!!! I can now hold 1st gear till I'm well outa the box. 2nd gear will take me Way further down track. 3rd. gear still takes me through the traps. The Beauty of the late model tranny, is that it's a "natural" configuration for 3.27 gears!!!!!

    68COUGAR
    Last edited by 68COUGAR; 01-15-2006 at 11:13 PM.

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    Thanks Everyone, I now have a 95 M5R2

    Thanks guys for the posts, I pulled out the tranny and it is now sitting in my garage. Hopefully I will be more than happy with it once its in the car.
    -Derek

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    i run a 94 tranny in my 91 - its the only way to go. has a better gear ratio imho and has a nice top loader feel to it. you can run 3.55 gears easily too

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