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2nd gen Escort GT transmission strength

Discussion in 'Drivetrains' started by Parker94, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. Parker94

    Parker94 FEOA Member

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    I have a manual, 94 Escort GT. I've been searching, but haven't been able to locate an answer.

    What are the limits of the stock transmission? Has anyone on here had/seen the stock trans hold, with 500+whp? Or is it expected for gears to shred? Obviously with an aftermarket clutch installed.
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    You wouldn't get 500 through the escort crank before it even has a chance to power through into the transmission lol

    I've blown up a couple MTX-5's with hard 1-2 shifts. They aren't very strong at all.

    You could run 500 hp through one but you couldn't launch 500hp through one. Other limiting components like CV axles are only going to last as long as you let them.
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    Parker94 FEOA Member

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    I figured the axles are toothpicks.

    Looks like I'll need to search more, about ways to strengthen the trans. And I didn't realize the crank is a weak point. Thanks!
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    It's not necessarily a weak point when your talking 200 horses.

    But if your boosting a 1.9 to 30psi to see 500hp on stock internals something's gonna give.
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    Parker94 FEOA Member

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    True. I'm coming over from 1g DSM's, and the crankshaft was literally the last part anyone worried about. Those OEM cranks could take the abuse of 800+whp no problem.

    Back to gearsets; What is a popular strengthening option? Swapping gears from other vehicles?
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    The diff. If you can find an aftermarket one then get it. Quaife comes to mind. The gears are stout. The shift fork is pretty weak, I'm not sure who makes a better one but you could CNC from forged steel. Shifter bushings are also weak, replace with brass ones.

    It'll take power as long as you aren't granny shifting clutch dropping slamming gears.
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    Shift it like it's 1000hp and $100,000. Nice and easy. Let the RPMs match the synchro speed - then throttle back into it.

    I've blown up a diff dropping second hard, uphill, bone stock, and even with a very old used clutch shifting it like I was being filmed in Fast and the Furious. Hahahaha
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    Seems like some custom parts may be in order, for superior strength. And great point about a good diff. Can't have it be a one-wheeled wonder. But, perhaps cryo treatment and smooth shifting will go a long way with transmission longevity.
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    From what I've read you start breaking stuff around 300whp once you upgrade the diff. 3rd gear likes to strip partially due to the shafts inside the trans flexing apart. PAR engineering makes a straight cut gear set but its $6K...
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    That gearset is ideal. I emailed PAR, asking the torque rating of the dog gearset and synchromesh gearset. They told me both gearsets are rated for 700nm, or approx 515 tq.
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    A guy on feoa FB got 461 HP out his stock G-series on a dyno. But these glass trannies are questionable up around the 300hp mark. A Toyota E153 transmission swap is needed if you want to get real power to the ground. Heard it holds upwards of 600hp or more, stock
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    The guy on YouTube that did a turbo build busted a bunch of transmissions . I think he was in the 3-350 whp.
    A buddy of mine has a srt4 neon he’s been holding 400 whp on the street for years with no issues. min sure you could have a adapter plate made? Seen lots of people do things like that with different car/builds.
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    There is a guy on feoa FB that has adapter plates for the e153 trans to the BP around $400 Got to make new tranny mounts. Then you got to swap over to cable shift. That's my next BIG modification and probably the last.

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