So far the TKO is great, I really like it. It fit in fine using the Forte's crossmember. My car was an auto, so I had to cut the floor for the shifter, but I have heard that the shifter is in the right location for manual trans cars. I used a Lakewood Scattershield, which is one really beefy piece. Takes a bit to index it properly, but it wasn't too bad. I used a Centerforce Dual Friction clutch, and I highly recommend it. The pedal effort is not that bad at all, actuation is really smooth. On the highway, I spin about 2300 RPM depending upon the traffic (I'm actually not certain what rear ratio I have, I think it is 3.73, when I rebuild it I am going with the same ratio though).
Like anything, you get what you pay for. It is not cheap, and considering the cost of a good flywheel (which you'll need to have balanced), the clutch, bellhousing, etc, it's really close to $3k. For me though, there was no question, I love manual trans cars. My Chevelle was an auto, I think I liked it alot less because of that.
I am wondering if the source of my vibration is the motor. It's a crate motor, with an aftermarket billet flywheel. I assumed it would be pretty close, no reason to think it's not, but something is making the car vibrate. Never ends I guess!
69 SS, ZZ430 Look-alike, Tremec TKO, Hotchkis Suspension