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Old 04-23-2009, 05:54 PM
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thinking about ditching the slush box

first off im new to the forum i have a 97 psd with the legendary junk ford auto trans. its on it last leg now and i know the zf transmisions are alittle more no nonsense and they actually work
my question is...
how hard is it to do the swap? what electrical will be involved? and what years are compatible?

ps sorry about smack talking on ford trannys i love the truck but this is the 4th square body ford ive had that went tits up in the trans dept
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:56 PM
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welcome to the org man
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Well, for the money and touble spent on a conversion, I am thinking you could just have one built to the hilt. What kind of power do you have and how much weight do you tow? You have basically the same trans that I do and I am not exactly nice to mine and it is holding up well. Mine is from Suncoast, also I have heard nothing but good things about BTS transmissions. In factory form they are a "junk" transmission though. (At least behind the diesels). I have no idea how hard the swap is if you still wanted to go that route....I would think the clutch would be the hardest part. I wouldn't think there would be much that would need to be done electrically. Someone that has experience with both should be able to help with that though.
-Aaron
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:27 PM
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PCM, ZF5, Flywheel, Clutch are all that come to mind. just unplug the trans connector that is zip tied near my trans from the factory, they are all probably wired with them to be made automatics.
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:56 PM
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wow that was a fast response
from what i know the auto trans is on its own computer
and i know i have to change the drive shaft length
i found a zf5 out of a 95 4x4 with the t case still on it
but i thought it might be better to buy a whole salvage truck and take what i need
a built up auto probably wouldnt be bad but what kind of $$$ do you think im looking at
i dont tow very often but when i do its my 41 pick up or moving.
the truck does have a daily load of steel flat bed diesel welder and tools on it everyday
do you think a rebuild good tc and shift kit would be good???
motor is still stock with 250k on it

intake and injectors in the future
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