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Hey guys after several months of thinking I've decided I want to t45 swap my tbird as I swapped the heads and intake as you said would be a hp gain. My question is there any shops or people near me that can do it? I'm located in Washington by chehalis. Thanks for at least reading this
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I would imagine that someone there would do it, but I was looking into having the manual swap done for me shops didn't seem to willing to take on the job. My opinion, your better off taking the job on yourself and it's cheaper
 

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Might want to send a PM to Triston. He's about 3 hours away from you, and I think he's the closest member on here who has done the T45 swap to his Tbird, so he might be willing to take on the job for you.
 

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Hey guys after several months of thinking I've decided I want to t45 swap my tbird as I swapped the heads and intake as you said would be a hp gain. My question is there any shops or people near me that can do it? I'm located in Washington by chehalis. Thanks for at least reading this
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TR-3650 will be easier.
 

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The T-56 is a better transmission over the 3650, better ratios and 6 speed but to have the correct placement of the shifter you have to use one out of a GM F-body. The GM T-56's also have better gear ratios over the ones used in the mustangs. Finding a company to make a bellhousing to fit your engine is another issue, IIRC McLeod made one at one time. There are some SC guys made the swap if I'm not mistaken. The 2005+ 3650 is the easiest one to put in though, very little messing around.
 

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The 3650 from an '05-'09 Mustang GT bolts up perfectly to the engine. No need to change the bell housing.
 

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TR-6060 if you can afford it.
 

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Do it yourself... it's not that hard, and a whole lot cheaper.

I put the T-5 behind my 5.0 in a few days.... after many months of research and collecting of parts, of course.

BTW, I'm in Woodland, which is about 45 mi south of Winlock...
 

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Thanks for all the input I've been looking at the t56 and tr3650 but when I look up swaps I keep reading the t45 is sturdiest. And I would do it myself but I don't have the now how or tools.
 

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The T45 swap is definitely not the sturdiest manual trans you can swap in there, but it is definitely the cheapest way to get a manual trans in a 4.6 tbird, and it is a good trans. The only weak link in the trans is the 3-4 shift fork, which you can get a billet replacement, and then it will hold up to quite a lot of abuse. If you do the swap with a trans that has a stock 3-4 shift fork, then make sure to go easy on the shifts into 3rd and 4th, otherwise it will be a matter of time before it breaks. The only real custom fabrication involved in the T45 swap is setting up the hydraulic system and moving the shifter back. For a driveshaft, a steel driveshaft out of a 96+ non-police crown vic will be the right length, and you just need to swap the diff flange and the T45 yoke onto it, or you can get a custom made aluminum shaft. Other than that, it is all plug and play with factory parts and electronics, and a tune to turn off the auto trans functions in the computer. Considering used T45s can be found for around $250, if you are on a budget, and willing to do some fabrication yourself, the T45 is where it is at. With a little parts hunting, junkyarding, and fabrication, you can get a T45 in the car for under $1000, including the cost of the tune to turn off the auto trans functions.

Using a TR-3650 out of an 05-09 Mustang GT saves you on fabrication because you can use the factory Mustang hydraulic throwout bearing and the factory shifter lands in the right location for our cars. The added expense comes from the trans itself being more expensive, the fact that you will need to have a custom made driveshaft due to the flange style yoke instead of the slip-yoke, and the need for an extended range speedcal to get your speedometer working due to the different style sensor used. However if you can't do any of the fabrication yourself, this may be your best bet since once you have all the parts, it is literally a bolt-in swap.

The TR-6060 would be the same type of a swap as the TR-3650, but with the added expense of the trans being much more expensive.

The T56 would be more along the lines of the T45 swap as far as fabrication involved, but with the trans itself being more expensive than the T45, and I believe you would also need the speedcal. Considering how much easier the TR-6060 swap would be, unless you got a killer deal on a T56 for a 4.6 Mustang, there really would be no reason to swap a T56 behind a 4.6 in an MN12.
 

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Might want to send a PM to Triston. He's about 3 hours away from you, and I think he's the closest member on here who has done the T45 swap to his Tbird, so he might be willing to take on the job for you.
Is his user name just triston? Or? And thanks for the info. This swap is something is like to finish very quickly as its my dd
 

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Do it yourself... it's not that hard, and a whole lot cheaper.

I put the T-5 behind my 5.0 in a few days.... after many months of research and collecting of parts, of course.

BTW, I'm in Woodland, which is about 45 mi south of Winlock...
Good to see that there are some close memebers that I can talk to.for help
 

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which would be better for dd/drift?

ok before you all say ask slidebird91 this i did lol. Just havnt got a response yet and thought id ask your oppinion. would a t45 or tr3650 be better for dd/drift application. i feel the tr606 would not work so well for drifting since its a 6 speed i could be wrong though.

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The TR6060 is a double overdrive 6 speed. It has 4 regular gears and 2 overdrive gears for maximum fuel efficiency. The T45 and TR3650 has 4 regular gears and a single overdrive gear.

You wont be using those overdrive gears when drifting.
 

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I'm not saying there isn't any SC was a T-45 but it would have been a step backward from the MR52, nor would it handle a stock SC let alone a modded one for long
 

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Given your goals, you're better off with a 240sx. Seems right up your ally.
I dont want a 240. thats what everyone directs me to I want to drift what ive got. I am not that into non American cars.

Got in touch with triston. said the swap was a pain and that he would maybe do it in summer for 4k. guess im waiting till summer for the tranny swap
 

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I dont want a 240. thats what everyone directs me to I want to drift what ive got. I am not that into non american cars
Just saying. They're lighter, way cheaper for your intentions and everything you want(turbo, stick shift) actually fits. Even the basic (non-hatch)styling is similar to a MN12. Drifting is a non-American "sport" so why narrow your sights to only American cars?
 

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What he NEEDS is a Hachiroku ...

But eh.

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