I know most people use autos for this but what are the manual transmission options? I assume there are 4x4 transmissions that could have doublers behind them?
What clutch are any of you running if anyone has a manual behind their LS? I am putting a 5.3 in front of a NV4500 (once I get it rebuilt) and am not sure what a good choice would be. Thanks. -Brandon
If you MUST use a manual, a regular truck clutch should likely be just fine. low range takes a lot of the stress of it, as does the lighter weight of our rigs.
My favorite clutch is a torque converter.
The vette manual is a T56, which is very long and was only available in a 2wd version to my knowledge. Probably also lacks a good low 1st gear, but OD on those is great.Has ANYONE done a manual? I haven't found a build thread on one yet.
What are the con's to using a 'Vette manual?
I think I've seen adapters to put a tcase behind the t56, and it's a sweet trans but crazy expensive. Be cheaper to run a nv4500/atlasThe vette manual is a T56, which is very long and was only available in a 2wd version to my knowledge. Probably also lacks a good low 1st gear, but OD on those is great.
My truck is 5 speed from the factory. It's really easy. Buy the correct flywheel depending on what crank your motor has (short crank or long crank), get a clutch, and bolt up the transmission. Spec makes an awesome clutch. I found that out after I trashed 2 stock ones.
You know the Corvettes have a torque tube and the transmission is basically bolted to the rear end....right?
If you can bolt it up to an SBC, you can bolt it to an LS motor too. Same bellhousing pattern, they just moved one bolt's location.