Visited Hawk's Motorsports yesterday with a friend who wants to sell his 87 TA.
While there I had a chance to see a Magnum T56 in action and even shift it a few times. I was flabbergasted at how smooth, how short and now precise the shifts are! Even with a stand height Pro 5.0 the throws are like half of my 99TA's stock t56 with the same shifter!
Bruce told me if your upgrading your T56, the Mangum is what you want whether you buy from me or Jeremy.
I think Bruce is right the Magnum is choice. I definitely would have bought the Magnum on the spot at Hawk's if I hadn't ordered a RPM level 5 T56.
Ramble coming you may want to skip the next couple of paragraphs...
At the risk of sounding like a total Jack *** my 99TA was the cherry pick of the ~35 brand new 98 and 99 LS1 f-body's I test drive over six months between August 98 and February of 99. It's quite and rattle free other than the passenger seat belt and passenger cup holder on occasion. To me it always shifted cleaner and had the clutch engaged better. Other people have commented on driving the TA the clutch hydraulics are perfect and asked what clutch is in the car and when was it replaced. The look on their face is priceless when I say the original stock clutch, this car was my cherry pick out the other 35 I test flogged. I've also been told, at 155,000+ miles the TA drives, rides, runs better and is smoother than other LS1 f-body's with less than 50,000 miles - by the owners of the low mile cars.
I realized it's all about the TA being fun to drive and an excellent driver.
Thinking about all of that I, made a decision on the ride back from Hawk's. Every drive with the TA, I will interact with the shifter and transmission.
New headers, cathedral heads, LS3 heads, new FAST intake, new cam - all be damned they can wait there turn.
Called RPM Transmission which is definitely one of my favorite vendors along with Mike Norris Motorsports, Hawk's Motorsports and The WS6 STORE. Jeremy gave me an update the carbon fiber drive shaft had just arrived and RXT clutch. Work was starting on the level 5 T56 and we should be able to schedule install in a couple of weeks.
I dropped the bomb and ask what it would cost to upgrade to the Magnum T56. Jeremy told me, I mulled it over for two seconds and said let's do it. Bruce should probably get a commission on that sale
Hawk's restored my 91 RS and will do an LS swap for the 91 convertible in a year or so after the 99TA's completed.
Luckily RPM Transmission had just gotten in a shipment of Magnums and the TA should get the upgrade end of next week or early the week after!
RPM Transmission A+