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Advice Needed for a Budget Minded SoCal Trans Rebuild
1997 F350 E4OD Powerstroke 4wd. My truck started slipping bad at 70mph on the freeway and then started doing the flashing OD light and limp mode shifting about three months ago. I towed it home and parked it since then because I did not have the money to do a rebuild. My wife has a few health issues and they drain every ounce of money from our lives. The trans has 177k on it so even if it is just a cracked torque converter like people have suggested, I feel that a rebuild is in order so that I am not dropping the trans again in three months. In the meantime I was talking to John Woods about building the trans. That is a $4500 option that would give me the piece of mind of a solid transmission, but as I said money is tight. My truck has 35" tires, a tymar intake, straight 4" exhaust and an edge chip. So it is not a 450hp beast requiring a BTS or John Woods Trans, but I may put injectors, efuel etc on it one day and have 400hp. Again, with money being so tight I don't know when that will happen or if it will ever. I live in SoCal so there are a thousand trans shops around. I have found one that has a great reputation and will do a rebuild with installation of a factory spec e4od for $2000 with a three year/36k mile warranty. So here are the questions...
If I am able to squeeze a couple hundred extra dollars out, what should I upgrade to try and build a little bit stronger of a transmission? I assume first on this list is a billet torque converter, but what do you think? Is a billet torque converter a waste of money with a factory grade transmission?
Does anyone have any real world experience with a Southern California Trans rebuilder that you would like to suggest or complain about?
If I could, I would just drop the money for the John Woods trans, but I just can't at the moment.
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