I am going to swap to a manual from an auto for personal preference , I got a great deal on an auto trans
car is why I got it, I also saw the numbers for that supercharged mustang in the article where the auto was fighting the setup and they put more horses to the rear tires with the manual trans
, but honestly if I was a serious drag racer I would never switch to a manual transmission stick shifts impress high school kids automatics win races, I know most will chime in and beat me half to death for that remark but it's 100% true! problem for us s197 guys is ford screwed us on our auto transmissions it is a terrible transmission that does not hold up to any real horsepower or torque and the lockup is a joke on this pile of trans
, I am a little ignorant to the specific's of the 4r70&75 but they were strong and the 4 gears all spun the same internal direction unlike the 3rd gear in the 5r55s's,when it has to shift,the 70 & 75 they would hold up to 700 & 750 foot pounds of torque before they broke right ???I think that's what the numbers stood for, it seems to me if you want to build a car to go fast and really perform well then do that, if you want a car to get great fuel economy then do that,but don't mix them up it's obvious ford can't do it anyway which is why we have this disaster of a trans
, which in my opinion the automatic transmissions in the 05 to 09 is junk starting with the pin bores that are known to fail that ford won't fix the input shafts they know about and the all around weak design ford knows good and well about it but generally goes beyond warranty,apparently that's good enough. Ford knows full well what people do with these cars what a beautiful car to engineer and then to put junk into them is a disgrace,I don't know for sure but doesn't the manual trans
in these years also have shift fork issues with 2nd and 3rd gear also?? ford knows how to build a strong auto trans
if they want to money is the factor here,the 5r55s does in fact run very close to a manual trans
in the quarter mile stock though within 1 to 2 tenths right? just have to deal with weak shifts terrible calibration and all kinds of unpredictable torque management soft irradic shift flares the list is long and distinguished maybe I am just to sensitive? but back in the day you could set up a manual valve body(meaning non electronic shifting)automatic transmission and it would be reliable and could darn near rip the rear axle out of the chassis if you wanted it to, and consistently run that way, what is wrong with ford today? anybody know? and we keep buying them,sorry I am venting on you guy's LOL by the way does anyone know if there is a 6 speed manual available for the 05 to 09 s197's, I know D&D has a complete swap out kit for $4,000 I might try aftermarket stuff and maybe screw up and find a good combination?