Originally Posted by Savington
My 5-speed gave no warning. Spin first, hard 1-2 shift, spin 2nd, hard 2-3 shift, kablammo. My tranny had 1-2-4-5 and a wannabe-neutral 3rd.
Yep, same for me. It wasn't really a kablammo so much as a grindy crunch crunch.
LOTS of clanking for a bit, but I pulled it open, reached inside with a magnet on a stick (as well as magnets on the side I'd pull debris up with) and cleared out all of the chips. For a couple days there was some small clanking, but now the car runs fine, and the only downside is when I drive other people's cars, I skip 3rd from force of habit like a 90's corvette.
Originally Posted by ThePass
In a year I will be moving South and plan to spend a lot of time working hard to get up to that list with my 5 spd 4.30... FWIW I would never put a 3.anything in a miata intended for aggressive use. There is no use and it only makes it slower than the other easily available options (4.10 and 4.30)
What? Why? The 4.3 is LOW LOW LOW. Jesus. And the 6 is super low - they cram another gear in between 1st abd 4th, since 5th is 1:1 on the 6 speed. With a 3.6... sigh, I don't have the numbers handy, but every single gear (1-4) is lower on the 6-3.636 than it is with the 5 speed and the stock gears. So you can't tell me it's too tall.
Also, wow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ9gZ...eature=related
Yeah, clearly vettes suck.
Anyway, I beat the **** out of my car without any thought to how it'd hold together. I would say 3rd was getting a bit harder to get into, but nothing I notices... Then, with much less power, I just popped it. Go figure. My only advice: Put the 6 in now, sell the 5 while it still works, that will pay for your R&P swap alone.