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Why did you hate it? The missing 6th gear, the lower vehicle speed step up when shifting upwards, or...?
To be more specific I just hate the gear spacing I feel like 2nd and 3rd are way too far apart. Feels like driving a six speed but skipping 3rd gear everytime. And no lsd and taller final drive kill your accelaration.. unless you have the torque to push the 4.3 trans then you'd be better off with the 6 speed. this is my opinion after driving both. I like the idea of being able to use the 12-15 civic si 6 speed with the hasport mount kit
 

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I have the 5spd ep3 gearbox in my k24 mr2, which is nearly identical with slightly diff final drive. Rebuilt the trans with carbon synchros and wavetrac lsd. The trans is great and geared well. While I would have liked a 6spd I couldn’t justify the added tax these days. To me it was better to spend the money on aftermarket lsd. Anyways, I think he will be happy with this box.
Yea the ep3 5 speed has better acceleration with the 4.7, unlike the 4.3 rsx 5 speed
 
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