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Old 11-25-2010, 06:50 PM
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I don't know if this is in the correct forum or not, it is a problem, but deals with the transmission. My 96 seems to have a bad transmission. Had some problems with it on a trip and had to turn around and trade trucks with my father-in-law. Anyway, took it to my mechanic and he said that the tranny should be rebuilt. When I mentioned to him what I pull, like a 35' tag-along camper, a heavy-duty flatbed trailer with a 16,000lb backhoe or bull dozer on it he said that he would replace the transmission with a heavier duty rebuilt transmission or go with a manual shift ZF transmission. I have looked at the ATS Stage 3 transmission and have looked at getting a ZF manual shift transmission but can't seem to make up my mind. The automatic is going to cost more money, but I won't have to change the ECU and have the chip reprogrammed.
So I am asking you all for some ideas or guidance on which transmission will take it more and is it worth it to change transmission types.
Thanks for all the help
Brian
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:19 PM
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I pull up to 19K and I went with the 5 speed because I control the shift points, its cheaper to rebuild then a auto, and i don't have to worry about overheating it! Brians truck shop makes a bullet proof tranny. A guy i use for all my tranny work will rebuild the tranny for 1600 with kevlar clutch pacs, and billet tq converter. If you decide to rebuild your auto look at PRIVATE tranny shops with a good rep and get it rebuilt RIGHT! If you decide to go with a 5 speed make sure you use a good clutch. Hope this helps feel free to ask more questions
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:27 AM
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That is kind of the direction that I was leaning going with the standard. I don't know if any good transmission shops and neither did my mechanic that does my engine work. He would have done it if he had the tools.
The clutch that I am looking at is a South bend.
With mine being a 96 will I have to change the ECM and have my banks chip reprogrammed to match the standard or can I just leave things the way they are and not worry about it?
Thanks again.
Brian
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Old 11-27-2010, 05:24 AM
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Yes you need to change the PCM to a standard ECM. And i think the Banks chips work on auto and manual. They're like edge and superchips and are a one fit fits all( I hate them). You can get a PCM reman with warranty down here for i think 150. When you go to get one just tell them you need one that is for a 96-97 5 speed. If they ask you for a calibration code or PCM # repost and me or someone will be more then happy to give you ours.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:24 AM
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96F350KID,
When you say I can get the PCM down here, where are you talking about?
Also do you know if I will have to change the hump to accommodate the transmission?
Thanks for the help
Brian
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