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  • What's up with T-45 Transmissions?

    Borg Warner T-45 transmissions were only used behind 4.6L single and dual over head Mustangs from 1996 to 1999.  TREMEC, in 2000, replaced the T-45 with the TR-3650 which is very similar in design.  The T-45's design is very much like the T-56 six speed transmissions.  In fact the T-45 and T-56 share many of the same parts.  It has single rail gear selector and carbon lined steel synchro rings making it a smooth shifting transmission at high rpm's.  The gears are larger and stronger then a T-5 and about the same as a TREMEC 3550 in size.  The T-45 is the first transmission in the B/W -TREMEC lineup with a built-in bell housing so it can not be exchanged.  This limits the T-45 to 4.6L mod motors as the bolt pattern is different than the Windsor push rod motors. 

    T-45 from 1996-98 GT are different than the Cobra Mustangs. The transmission mount point is moved further back for the Cobras and as well as a 8 tooth drive speedometer gear. Cobra T-45's are equipped with a 7 tooth speedo gear. In 1999 all T-45's were changed to the Cobra specs. Why this was not done earlier is not understood.

    T-45 shifters are the same as the T-5 shifter, therefore, any aftermarket shifter will work on both transmissions.  Borg Warner WC T-5/T-45/T-56 all use ATF oil or Synthetic ATF.  No other oil should be used.  Redline MTL should not be used.  Redline ATF is fine.  My recommendation is to use Amsoil ATF as I have used it for years at the track with great results.

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T-45    T-5    TKO    TR-3550    TR-3650

T-56    T-56 Magnum    S-197 Magnum