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I know there are countless transmission threads already, but I haven't seen this specifically. I've been to the track a few times with this car and have had zero issues power shifting through every gear on street tire passes. However, my first 3 runs on slicks was as if 2nd gear was locked out. I even slowed it down, held clutch, slowly shifted 1-2 on one pass and still could not engage 2nd. Since then I've managed to get a couple runs into 2nd by ripping it into gear seemingly against its will, but it's still not pretty. What effect is a hard launch having on the 1-2 shift? 2-3 and 3-4 are very quick and smooth. The only other difference in passes would be the 2nd gear burnout with slicks vs no burnout on street tires. Any ideas?
 

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well a guy had one of those transmissions apart in one thread, you should have seen all the broken teeth on the synchros and gears, it's possible you have damaged yours as well.
 

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i think its the shifter linkage. what i think is that with the slicks the chassis is twisting and its causing throwing the shifter out of alignment. it could be binding the rubber bushings.. the stock linkage has rubber bushings that are nice for smooth shifting but they might not be so good for extreme driving.
 

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I had the same problem with mine and it was a bad Pressure plate and TOB. Since taking the slicks off are you still have the problem with 1-2 shifting and has the pedal ever stuck to the floor?
 

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You beat the snot out of the transmission and say the Mustang has a transmission issue? :?:
 

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I had a similar issue last time I was at the track. I was on street tires though. After my first 3 runs, it just didn't want to go into 2nd. Even just coasting in the staging area and trying to go through the gears it didn't want to go into 2nd. Eventually it started working again so I don't think the synchros are damaged, and I haven't noticed any problems with 2nd gear for the last 2 weeks on the street. Going back to the track on Wednesday so we'll see if it happens again.

On my first ever run at the track, my clutch pedal stuck to the floor on the 3-4 shift. Hasn't done it since.
 

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Last time I went to the track 4 years ago I broke an axle on my new sti. Too scared to go back with my new stang :(
Two things:

1) STis are pretty famous for breaking axles.

2) Mustangs' drivetrains are absolutely nothing like an STi's. Mustang axles are very stout from the factory and will handle stock HP levels all day long.
 

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Good to hear. There is a 1/8 track not too far from here. It has test and tunes on the weekends so was thinking of taking her there.
 

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I had the same problem with mine and it was a bad Pressure plate and TOB. Since taking the slicks off are you still have the problem with 1-2 shifting and has the pedal ever stuck to the floor?
All is normal without the slicks, 1-2 is good again. I've never had the pedal issue either. Flex in the linkage makes sense. I guess I could throw a shifter in and see if that fixes it. I really wanted to avoid all of the road noise and vibration issues that go along with them but I guess it's a small price to pay if it helps fix this.
 

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All is normal without the slicks, 1-2 is good again. I've never had the pedal issue either. Flex in the linkage makes sense. I guess I could throw a shifter in and see if that fixes it. I really wanted to avoid all of the road noise and vibration issues that go along with them but I guess it's a small price to pay if it helps fix this.
I have a Steeda short shifter, and if installed correctly regarding the rubber boot, there is 0% increase in NVH.
 

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All is normal without the slicks, 1-2 is good again. I've never had the pedal issue either. Flex in the linkage makes sense. I guess I could throw a shifter in and see if that fixes it. I really wanted to avoid all of the road noise and vibration issues that go along with them but I guess it's a small price to pay if it helps fix this.
Try one of the shifter brakets first (JHR or Barton). There is some movement in the shift in relation to the transmission in just street driving. There's got to be more serious movement with slicks and launching. You will get an increase in NVH with this modification, but it is not bad. They aren't that expensive and I definitely think it is worth a try for you!
 
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