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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-01-2006, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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fixing the trans

i'll take any opinions i can get. i'm needing to look into upgrading my tranny a lot sooner than i was planning. i know i'll be happy with the engine putting out 300-350 horse power. don't feel i need anymore for what i do with it. i don't tow anything, ever. i might get conned into towing father in law's 5000 lb camper one or two times. but that's pushing it. so what can i get by with? the truck has 65k original miles on it. can i get by with just a converter and valve body? or a stock rebuild with converter and valve body? do i dare trust this to someone like kennedy or aamco? i know i can install the converter myself and i can probably tackle the valve body as long as there aren't any special tools i need. do i really need a triple disc and billet shafts for what i'll be doing?

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anybody have any insight here?
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a converter and a vb will be fine at that level.

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yeah??? should i get mine rebuilt first or just install the conv and vb? any special tools for the vb? i've done them in gm's but never a mopar trans.

thanks for the reply!!
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nothin special except some good pressure gauges. You have to be able to see cross leaks if they are there and fix them before they fix your trans good for you. You'll also need the gauge to set pressure. Follow the 6 or so test procedures in the DC manual. For that matter I would do the tests anyway to verify the condition of all the sealing rings and servo/pistons before putting any money into it. A leak now will only get worse with a higher pressure valve body, and it may change your course knowing what shape the hydraulic system is now before you start. These engines WILL find the weakness of a trans in a hurry. Just ask them, they'll tell ya.

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yeah that makes sense. thanks, chris. i'll have to find a way to get that checked out before i go any further. i heard a while back that if you run these 1 quart overfull it makes them grab a lot better. any truth to it or is this a vicious rumor?
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The best (in my opinion) is to put in a rebuilt tranny. Dave Goerends has an awesome tranny. You can also PM member Spicyjam since he is a Goerends dealer too. If you want to try one just come up to Hinckley and try mine. I am working in Pine City and staying in Hinckley at the Casino.
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I like te reliability of a perfromance rebuild myself. no worries, no stuff happens later. No little things later. NADP is great as is Suncoast. Suncoast is more money.

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Since your gonna have the tranny out anyway, why not put new clutches in it. I would call Dave Goerend(gbtranssmissions.com) and tell him what you are wanting to do. You should probably replace the input shaft/hub if your going to be towing. So many of those have hairline cracks after 50K. I would probably just go billet and be done with it. Call Dave Goerend (563-778-2719) he will square you up.
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yeah. seems to keep coming back to getting ahold of dave. man that's a monster chunk of change. but i don't like throwing good money after bad. thanks for your input, guys. really appreciate it.
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i did some checking today. for me to buy a torque conv and vb and then have my trans rebuilt, i'm close enough to the cost of a goerends to justify paying the extra for one of theirs. you guys were right with your advise. again, i appreciate it.
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