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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Albany, NY
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I rebuilt my own transmission from my 2000 F-250, first time ever rebuilding a RWD transmission. I had done a number of FWD manual transmsissions, and helped with a couple of FWD autos, but this was a first for me.
Bought the 2 books for the 4r100, though you only really need the first one to get the job done. To do this you'll need a few special tools, a tranny jack really helps, a slide hammer, and the most important item, a local independant transmission shop that can do some things that are damn near impossible to do without special tools and/or years of experience.
I spend about $100 in labor at an awesome local transmission shop. They installed a few bushings for me, reassembled my transmission pump (need a tool to line it up just right), and installed a few seals and pistons to various things that needed a more seasoned hand to reassemble. Oh yeah and they loaned me a tool for a 1/2 hour to compress one spring in the tranny housing to get the center support and a snap right into the right place. They were invaluable for the things that I was not able to do myself, and they were quite happy to help me out. I ended up buying a whole bunch of frictions and steels from them cause some things in my transmission were ALOT worse than I expected, but the tranny seemed to work ok, except for the TC seal leak spewing a gallon a week.
To do it over again I'd buy a complete Alto Red Eagle set with the powerpacks to add extra frictions and steels, plus I'd prolly buy the couple of tools I found to be absolutely necessary to do the job. Or I'd shell out the cash to buy a BTS or JW tranny.
I'm kinda wishing that I had just bitten the bullet when I saw smoked clutches and bought the Red Eagle set. In hindsight it would have only been about an extra $300 outta pocket over what I spent buying fristions and steels with the above shop.
I replaced my 176k old TC (which it seems was fine but old and I wanted peace of mind) added a transgo tugger HD2 shift kit, transgo pump lockup kit (TC lockup is FAST and feels like an extra gear, HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS IN COMBO WITH THE TUGGER2) metal pump drainback valve, tranny filter clip to hold the filter in place via a bolt, not just hanging, and a 10 micron absolute Donaldson hydraulic filter and base with 25PSI bypass on the return tranny cooler line. Best investment is the filter cause I know that trannys after a rebuild have lots of loosened crap floating in them.