Totally agree, Stan. You hit on a bunch of great points. Right now, my trans is perfect for long-distance cruising.
But that really isn't what a Spyder is for, is it? I'm building a close-ratio 4 speed, with a tall first , a shorter 4th, and 2-3 evenly-spaced in between. I'd rather be King of the Mountain.
And before some guy says 5-speed, it's not in the cards in THIS car and THIS suspension. Not gonna happen. So we make do with a near-3000-dollar 4 speed.