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What is the best Torque Converter for the money?

With my new injectors and chip I am going to have to upgrade my stock 97 transmission. I have a 4:10 rear end and a 40,000 Trucool Max transmission cooler. The highest transmission temperature I have ever seen before the tranny cooler was 170 degrees once and usually it is well below that temperature.

I plan to do a BTS valve body, new fluid (is there a preferable tranny fluid that helps with longevity) and a torquer converter. I have looked at some torque converters that cost $400 and some that are $1,500. What torque converter is the best bang for the buck for longevity and warranty? Is a double or a triple disc converter preferable?

I am original owner of 97 Extended Cab 4x4 with 86,000 miles, Unlimited Diesel 175/30 Stage 1.5 Injectors, ATS Intercooler, Tony Wildman 6 Position Chip, 4" Turbo Back Diamond Eye Exhaust, Stealth SPR1 HPOP, Wicked Wheel 2, Hypermax Combo Boost/EGT Gauge, DIY Intake, FPR Mod, CCV Mod, IDM Mod, 203 degree T Stat, Stainless Steel High Pressure Crossover Line, Fitch Fuel Catalyst, 40,000 lb. Trucool Max Transmission Cooler. Next up a Bean's D-66, electric fuel, torque converter and a valve body.
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When my transmission was built the towmaster from here Roadrunner Converters - Phoenix, Arizona Converters - Street, Trip, Towing was installed. I can't speak for longevity since I've only had it for a few months but so far is working perfectly and at the time of the rebuild I let them know that I would be upping the horsepower to somewhere near 400 hp and was told not a problem they would stand behind it.

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BTS uses, and this is just from reading it a few times, is a Stallion PI.
Precision Industries

As far as fluid, I just used plain DexIII/Mercon.
Also have an external, Dieselsite filter.

FWIW, BTS also recommends Shaeffer's.



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Bts, a 6.0, or racerx.

As far as fluid, synthetic!! No doubt it about it.
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Thanks guys!

The Percision industries torque converter is $1,500+. Yikes!

Is it really miles better than a 6.0 torque converter.

I am original owner of 97 Extended Cab 4x4 with 86,000 miles, Unlimited Diesel 175/30 Stage 1.5 Injectors, ATS Intercooler, Tony Wildman 6 Position Chip, 4" Turbo Back Diamond Eye Exhaust, Stealth SPR1 HPOP, Wicked Wheel 2, Hypermax Combo Boost/EGT Gauge, DIY Intake, FPR Mod, CCV Mod, IDM Mod, 203 degree T Stat, Stainless Steel High Pressure Crossover Line, Fitch Fuel Catalyst, 40,000 lb. Trucool Max Transmission Cooler. Next up a Bean's D-66, electric fuel, torque converter and a valve body.
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Well, if BTS uses it, yes Cause they are gods.
But the 6.0 converter is pretty good. I mean, look at all the power 6.0s put down.



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a 6.0 tq conv. will fit in an e40d? I never new that.

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a 6.0 tq conv. will fit in an e40d? I never new that.
I know it will on a 4r, so you'd think

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Thanks guys!

The Percision industries torque converter is $1,500+. Yikes!

Is it really miles better than a 6.0 torque converter.
And a 6.0 convertor is miles better than your stock e40d converter

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a 6.0 tq conv. will fit in an e40d? I never new that.
Yep.



Also, try a local tranny shop.. I have a local shop that was gonna charge me like 2-300$ for an aftermarket tough steel convertor. It's not as good as a billet convertor, but I'm also not pushing 500hp.
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What's a good price on a 6.0 converter? Where is a good place to get one?

I should stay with a BTS valve body though, right?

I am original owner of 97 Extended Cab 4x4 with 86,000 miles, Unlimited Diesel 175/30 Stage 1.5 Injectors, ATS Intercooler, Tony Wildman 6 Position Chip, 4" Turbo Back Diamond Eye Exhaust, Stealth SPR1 HPOP, Wicked Wheel 2, Hypermax Combo Boost/EGT Gauge, DIY Intake, FPR Mod, CCV Mod, IDM Mod, 203 degree T Stat, Stainless Steel High Pressure Crossover Line, Fitch Fuel Catalyst, 40,000 lb. Trucool Max Transmission Cooler. Next up a Bean's D-66, electric fuel, torque converter and a valve body.
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