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Old 03-24-2009, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation How long will my transmission last??

Ok so heres the big question, I looked all over for the truck that i currently own and its exactly what i want. Except for one minor detail, its an automatic!! Considering that when i finally found this truck it was absolutly immaculate - no rust, dents, scratches etc and it only had 59k on it, so i couldnt pass it up. Im gonna be dumping some power into this truck but i want to do it right, i'v had the whole fuel pump issue drilled into my head so that was the first thing i took care of, but i know the dodge trannys r inherently bad, especially if you r dumping 500hp into them. Now iv beat on my trucks before but thats not gonna happen to this one. I just want everyones opinion on how long it should last, what i should do to it and all that other stuff, its been eating away at me for some time.

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Old 03-24-2009, 04:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IT all depends on what kind of mods that you put to it. Before I owned my truck, it was my grandpa, that bought it new. He never towed anything with is except for a tow behind 20' camper 4 times per year. I got it from him, and it lasted me until just around 148000 miles before its started to slip in every gear. that said, it could last you another 80000 miles if you treat it right, but if you start bombing it in the least bit; get ready for it to bite the dust in about 10000 miles. If I had the choice, I would save money and put in a performance tranny now, and then start pouring the fuel to her. It will save time, and alot of headache
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have 269,3** miles on my trans. still a stock factory unit that had amsoil put in at 83k. It is now showing some nasty wear and tear. My fault for running around on pl10 and 150 injectors. If you take care of it it'll take care of you.
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Swap to manual, haha. Thats what I did and ill never turn back. If you go out and buy a performance tranny with a torque converter that will handle 500 hp, it will prolly cost you a little more then just swapping it for a manual. If your dream truck needs to have a manual, make it happen.

I spent two grand on a rebuilt tranny and transfer case, 700 on a nice clutch, and prolly a couple hundred on the other accessories to make everything work. Well worth it in my opinion.
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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With an auto I would say first things first, DO AWAY WITH STOCK TRANS COOLING SYSTEM!!!! Total junk!! I found out the hard way. Trans guy said the stock one needs to go, I didn't have the extra money at the time. A year later I was rebuilding the trans. And I don't drive hard at all. If you do that, throw in a billet convertor and a aftermarket valve body you should be good to go.
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With an auto I would say first things first, DO AWAY WITH STOCK TRANS COOLING SYSTEM!!!! Total junk!! I found out the hard way. Trans guy said the stock one needs to go, I didn't have the extra money at the time. A year later I was rebuilding the trans. And I don't drive hard at all. If you do that, throw in a billet convertor and a aftermarket valve body you should be good to go.
You hauling loads or something? Since I installed the ADR/Pulse my trans temps have never gotten over 170F in stop and go traffic. Course I have a deep pan adding a few more qts. as well.
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the highest ive gotten was like 202 and that was from some offroading, and really beating on it...normal drviving ill run anywhere from 130-150...racing it at the track id hit about 170ish...id only get a cooler if you are doing some big time towing
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You hauling loads or something? Since I installed the ADR/Pulse my trans temps have never gotten over 170F in stop and go traffic. Course I have a deep pan adding a few more qts. as well.
Until the day the OD burnt up I never saw over 165, and that was pulling a race car on a little 18ft flat trailer. Generally just running highway it ran 145-150. I also have the deep pan too. But as I was told by the trans guy. What good does a deep pan do if the pickup is in stock location? Since I had the trans cooling system redone, the temps at 60MPH have not gone much over 120 and at 75mph it stayed at 130 for over a 250 mile stretch. In town, stop and go, I see 140-150 now. It really has made world of difference.
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Mine dip down to 120 at hwy speeds. When it's real cold it doesn't even register.

Pulling in OD?
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Mine dip down to 120 at hwy speeds. When it's real cold it doesn't even register.

Pulling in OD?
no, i wasn't pulling anything.
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Ok so heres the big question, I looked all over for the truck that i currently own and its exactly what i want. Except for one minor detail, its an automatic!! Considering that when i finally found this truck it was absolutly immaculate - no rust, dents, scratches etc and it only had 59k on it, so i couldnt pass it up. Im gonna be dumping some power into this truck but i want to do it right, i'v had the whole fuel pump issue drilled into my head so that was the first thing i took care of, but i know the dodge trannys r inherently bad, especially if you r dumping 500hp into them. Now iv beat on my trucks before but thats not gonna happen to this one. I just want everyones opinion on how long it should last, what i should do to it and all that other stuff, its been eating away at me for some time.

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i would get a torque converter and valve body asap and it should hold 500hp for a while.

their are a few other thing you can do but they ll drive the price up for installing them since they ll have to pull the front pump.
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hey just woundering for a stock traney to last awhile, a torque conv.& valve body would help???About how much $$$ do you think it would cost!!
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