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Old 05-08-2012, 11:35 AM
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E4od torque converter help

Well just bought ny first truck. 97 f350 4x4 auto with 304k. Got it for 1500 but unfortunately the guy i bought it from new absolutely nothing about it because he bought it from some random guy to restore but didnt have the time to do it anymore so he sold it to me. Now with 304k miles and it being a plow truck, my main concerns are the trans and front end. It seemed to drive pretty tight and straight, but wasnt able to drive too far as it wasnt registered so I couldnt really tell if the transmission was slipping. I'm also 16 and not very knowledgable when it comes to transmissions. I've been looking into heavy duty torque converters and shift kits for it just so i can feel comfortable driving a lightly modded truck with the miles it has and its unknown history without the tranny failing. My questions are... What is a good inexpensive torque converter I can put in? Are the ones on ebay for 300-500 dollars that dont have brand names on them safe to use? How hard is it for a teenager to install a shift kit? And would a triple clutch converter be necessary for my truck? (has an intake, chip, 4 inch straight exhaust, and I will be plowing with it) thanks for any info!
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A good torque convertor is a 6.0 convertor or a Racer X. DONT go with a no-namer or else you'll be replacing it again anyways. Also, a local shop might be able to get you a shop-built steel convertor for a good price.

It's kind of a pain to install a shift kit... but I'm sure if you research enough and have mechanical know-how then you can do it.
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A good torque convertor is a 6.0 convertor or a Racer X. DONT go with a no-namer or else you'll be replacing it again anyways. Also, a local shop might be able to get you a shop-built steel convertor for a good price.

It's kind of a pain to install a shift kit... but I'm sure if you research enough and have mechanical know-how then you can do it.
Is the 6.0 converter from a 4r100 or did they have a different transmission in the 6.0s?
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From what I understand a slight modification has to be done to use the 6.0 converter. I have the billet towmaster from here, Roadrunner Converters - Phoenix, Arizona Converters - Street, Trip, Towing and I'm very happy with it. If you are not real comfortable installing a shift kit even though they have pretty good instructions you could just install a modified valve body from someone like BTS, John Woods or Racer X.
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I am with #1Dieselman, on installing a modified valve body from someone like BTS,
Brians Truck Shop John Woods or Racer X.
Welcome to the Org. A new converter and a modified valve body and it may last
you a long time
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Wow this actually looks like an affordable website! Thanks a lot guys
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Is the 6.0 converter from a 4r100 or did they have a different transmission in the 6.0s?
6.0 trucks had the torque shift 5R110.

Simplest bolt in installation would be a VB and a TC upgrade.

A BTS VB is an excellent choice, John Woods is another good choice. Brian uses these TC's in his builds http://www.converter.com/stallion.htm

A shift kit isnt all that complicated to install, you do have to drill your VB though so if your not super confident either have a shop do it or get a custom VB.

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6.0 trucks had the torque shift 5R110.

Simplest bolt in installation would be a VB and a TC upgrade.

A BTS VB is an excellent choice, John Woods is another good choice. Brian uses these TC's in his builds Precision Industries

A shift kit isnt all that complicated to install, you do have to drill your VB though so if your not super confident either have a shop do it or get a custom VB.

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I thought the shift kits and vb's were pretty much the same exact thing? WHats the real difference, and which one is the best route to take?
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I thought the shift kits and vb's were pretty much the same exact thing? WHats the real difference, and which one is the best route to take?
A VB from BTS or JW gets you the same result as a shift kit. The difference is that you simply unbolt your VB and bolt up the new one. With a shift kit you are modding your VB yourself. It does require you to drill a hole in your VB to install the kit.


Like I said the easiest route is just bolting up the new VB

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From what I understand a slight modification has to be done to use the 6.0 converter. I have the billet towmaster from here, Roadrunner Converters - Phoenix, Arizona Converters - Street, Trip, Towing and I'm very happy with it. If you are not real comfortable installing a shift kit even though they have pretty good instructions you could just install a modified valve body from someone like BTS, John Woods or Racer X.
Is the billet towmaster just the guts of the converter like it is in the picture on the website or is it just a picture of the complete converter taken apart? Thanks
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