I haven't seen a lot of talk about T5 swaps lately. There is very good
information on the stovebolt and inliners pages.
I jumped right in without looking about a year ago. I ended up with a very
early S-10 T5. That's right the .86 overdrive model that no one wants. After
doing some homework and seeing what others had done, I went about finding a
way to improve the T5 I had instead of trying to find another one. I just
finished the rebuild of the second transmission today.
I found two ways to improve these early T5 transmissions. One involves a
gutting and replacing most of the internals and the other is a better fifth
gear set. You end up with a 2.95 first gear, close ratio gear set and .63
overdrive with the total gut job. The only things you don't replace is first
and fifth gear. You end up with a 4.03 first gear, like the standard s-10 T5
with and a .72 overdrive by just replacing the fifth gear set with one from
a Buick T5.
Read all about it at:
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