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Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:25 pm 
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i know that the T5's had different ratios depending on the model of car it came out of so is there a way of identifying which box is which just by looking at the box externally? e.g. seriel numbers etc?

 

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Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:37 pm 
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there will be a part number on the casing somewhere, but where it is, i cant tell u :D

 

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Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:49 pm 
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that i've found but is that a part number for the box which will differentiate which box it is or is it a part number for the casing?

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:03 am 
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I6 T5 Transmissions produced after Jul92 (couple of months into the EBII series) have a revised reverse inhibitor spring, reverse synchro, revised synchro friction material and revised gear ratios.
Best way to tell these apart from the earlier boxes is to look for a 'roofing nail type head' sitting rearwards and down from the reverse switch (LHS of gearcase). This is the mounting point for the reverse inhibitor spring - the gearcase is drilled and tapped to accomodate this, the earlier boxes have a long coil spring to achieve same.

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:36 pm 
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There may be a part number tag on the drivers side top corner drivers bolt that holds the extension housing to the gear case.

If it has a part number starting with 87DA, its an EA to EB1 box... If its 92DA is an EB2 box... If its a 94DA its an EF box (same as EB2, but revised syncros I believe). Don't take these as gospel though, as the tag is easily swapped, but it helps in making a quick identification.
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Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:47 am 
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snap0964 wrote:
I6 T5 Transmissions produced after Jul92 (couple of months into the EBII series) have a revised reverse inhibitor spring, reverse synchro, revised synchro friction material and revised gear ratios.
Best way to tell these apart from the earlier boxes is to look for a 'roofing nail type head' sitting rearwards and down from the reverse switch (LHS of gearcase). This is the mounting point for the reverse inhibitor spring - the gearcase is drilled and tapped to accomodate this, the earlier boxes have a long coil spring to achieve same.




beautiful, this is exactly what i wanted to know thank you. the box i've got doesnt have any id tags anywhere, only a casting number - and the roofing nail type head

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:46 pm 
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The problem with these boxes are their age and mileage - you'll most likely find they've been stripped down - I've got 2 EA boxes with 87DA/90DA tags, and a later box with a 91DA tag.
Changing to the later ratio setups is reasonably easy by changing the input shaft/countergear set, and pressing a tapered bearing onto the mainshaft - so a trans shop can do that depending on spares available to them at the time. Adding reverse synchro is similar situation.
The synchro ring design was pretty much similar - main diff is the addition of differing fibre material to the inner - the earlier rings kept the bare machined/ribbed brass.
An additional telltail way is to mark the input/output shafts, select 1st gear, spin the output shaft, and note how many times the input shaft rotates - 3.5 is XF/EA/EBI, 3.25 is EBII and later.

 

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