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The other day i was driving my friend's mustang (which is a five speed) and thought about making mine into a five speed. The reason I would do the conversion is to bring out the power and so that I can rip through the gears. If I stick with auto, my plans are to upgrade the flexplate, B&M trany, and a stall convertor. What concerns me that if i go to 5 speed is that I might end up in a dicth or wraped around a light pole. I dont realy race on the streets I just cruise so what trany would be best.
 

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The other day i was driving my friend's mustang (which is a five speed) and thought about making mine into a five speed. The reason I would do the conversion is to bring out the power and so that I can rip through the gears. If I stick with auto, my plans are to upgrade the flexplate, B&M trany, and a stall convertor. What concerns me that if i go to 5 speed is that I might end up in a dicth or wraped around a light pole. I dont realy race on the streets I just cruise so what trany would be best.
In [places with little traffic manuals the best, you can save gas(higer gear=lower rpm) and actually CONTROL your car, not so much with auto. And power means nothing if you cant shift. Places with moderate to high traffic would best traveled in an auto, in a majority of cases autos shift faster than most manuals.
 

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^^^ well said if your just cruzing an auto would be good for tafficy areas. i got caught in construction with mine today and my leg felt like it was gonna fall off, after being on and off the clutch for 30 mins.
 

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i dont think you'll end up in a ditch :) no different than an aod, other than you control what happens :) control yourself, control the car. I personally hate auto's, which is why the weekend after next im dropping mine for a T5! :gringreen *cheers*
 

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The other day i was driving my friend's mustang (which is a five speed) and thought about making mine into a five speed. The reason I would do the conversion is to bring out the power and so that I can rip through the gears. If I stick with auto, my plans are to upgrade the flexplate, B&M trany, and a stall convertor. What concerns me that if i go to 5 speed is that I might end up in a dicth or wraped around a light pole. I dont realy race on the streets I just cruise so what trany would be best.
You'll only end up in a ditch or wrapped around a pole if you drive like an idiot, so it won't matter which tranny you have.
I've been driving for 28 years and the only vehicle I've owned with an auto tranny is my Stang. All my other vehicles have been stick shift. Personally I prefer stick shift but during stop/go urban driving, I find auto a blessing 'cause I really hate having to depress the clutch at least 5 times just to move 100 feet.
I'd say keep the auto tranny but upgrade it with a shift kit and add a higher stall torque converter. You'll like the results. Highway fuel economy will be almost identical to a stick shift if you have the same differential gear ratio 'cause the top gear ratio of each tranny is almost the same (AOD/AODE has a 0.67:1 overdrive, 4R70W has a 0.70:1 overdrive, T5 has a 0.68:1 5th gear).
 

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Manual transmissions are more fun, automatics aren't worthy of the bad rap they always get. That choice is up to you. Highway gas mileage won't degenerate, most seem to think because it has an additional gear a 5 speed will get better mileage. That's not true, because like it was just stated, high gear for both transmissions are nearly the same so mileage will stay the same.
 

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stick with the auto its stronger and you can put a manual valve body in it and still shift your self and no stick car can shift faster than a built auto with a good stall
 

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I'm not making alot of power so what stall convertor should I get and what company makes good shift kits?
 

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I have the Transgo HD2 shift kit (great) and I'm thinking about upgrading my stock torque converter to a 3000rpm PI Stallion once I've added some more power.
 
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