03 Cobra T56 Into My Fox (speedo & Clutch Fork Position)

Jason 302

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I know this has been discussed before, but I just want to make sure I haven't missed any options as far as making my speedo work. For those who don't know, the T56 out of the 03 Cobra has an electric speedo, and the fox has a mechanical. For those who have done this swap, what option did you go with?

Option 1: Cable X $340
Converts electric signal into mechanical motion.
Pros: Allows use of stock gauge and stock cable.
Cons: Mixed reviews on reliability, accuracy, durability, delay. Where to mount it?
http://www.atrol.com/cablex.htm
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Option 2: Modify tailshaft $325-$400
Modifies the tailshaft to receive mechanical speedo cable
Pros: Clean factory style installation
Cons: Requires longer cable speedo cable, have to take apart tailshaft + shipping costs
http://t56cablespeedometer.com/t56-cable-drive-conversion/
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Option 3: Aftermarket Gauges $675
Swap out the factory gauges for aftermarket electric gauges
Pro: Clean look, simple solution
Cons: Most expensive option
http://www.florida50.com/buy-1987-1993-mustang-instrument-clusters-2.htm
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I found a smoking deal on this transmission and I couldn't pass it up, was hoping to get some more feedback from what I've already researched. Thanks guys.
 
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2000xp8

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If it were me, i'd do the tailshaft mod.
But I like mechanical connections as opposed to electronic and I prefer the stock cluster.
I used to see this topic on some of the modular conversion forums.
Some guys used the cable x, but with mixed reviews like you said.

I ithink D&D did something too with the tailshaft, but that's a while ago. Haven't even heard that name lately.
 

Jason 302

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If it were me, i'd do the tailshaft mod.
But I like mechanical connections as opposed to electronic and I prefer the stock cluster.
I used to see this topic on some of the modular conversion forums.
Some guys used the cable x, but with mixed reviews like you said.

I ithink D&D did something too with the tailshaft, but that's a while ago. Haven't even heard that name lately.

That's the direction I'm leaning right now. I've heard a speedo cable from a early 90's F150 will work for a longer cable. I need to call D&D and see what they say as well.

Google gps speedometer. There are also heads up displays. Just another option but maybe you already ruled it out. Heres an example.

http://www.speedhut.com/gauge/GR338...TJ7_AhhqvvbvJ6BIRf46KD-FKuaRzRnIagaAjiS8P8HAQ

No, thanks, I didn't think of those. Good looking out. I really like the idea, just not sure how to make it a clean, factory look. I don't want a box on top of my dash or a random gauge sticking out somewhere. I'll keep searching.
 

Jason 302

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So before I spend money modifying this transmission, I found another potential problem with the swap. I'm starting to wonder if it's worth swapping out my TKO for the T56.

The clutch fork sits at 7 o'clock on the T56, and 9 o'clock from the factory on the fox. Is there any way I can keep my long tubes and run the 7 o'clock clutch fork position? Don't really won't to go back to shorties. Doesn't look like I can convert it to 9 o'clock looking at the pivot ball and opening on the tranny.
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You will have to shorten the clutch fork for shore. All so had to do some minor heat and beat,on the header for cable clearance.
 

2000xp8

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You could probably do a hydraulic conversion.
 
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