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Old 11-14-2009, 07:49 AM
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Question Tranny rebuild - what do I use?

This will be my first tranny overhaul project (not doing it myself) but curious to know what products and brands are recommended (i.e. clutches, torque converter). I haul a 30ft boat and in conjunction with the trailer, it's probably around 14,000lbs so I want to make sure I build this tranny right and never have to do it again.

Any suggestions/recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:03 AM
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Where do you live? I think who does the work is just as important as what you put in it. My $0.02. If you're near upstate SC I will direct you to one of two shops that can do you a good job.

I'm heading to a truck & tractor pull this afternoon . There will be a super duty out there that has the same tranny build as mine except he swithed out his TC for one from BTS.

Find a sled puller or drag racer and ask him where he got his tranny built?
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:13 AM
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Hank,
Unfortunately no where near SC. Live in Wisconsin, outskirts of Madison. Have a good idea of someone that is very familiar and known as a guru for tranny building and works at a dealership. Hoping he'll be up to the task for doing it on the side. I just need to figure out what components to replace and what brands to use. Thanks for the input!
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Bump Im about to do the same thing, tow about the same thing but on some steep grades and alot I dont want to do it again with future upgrades either. I live in northern Utah tho. Ive heard about suncoast, Brians Truck Shop and also ATS. Does anyone have any experience between these and recomend one over the other? I have heard that BTS is more or less the best when dealing with 4r100s?
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:32 AM
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I too have herd things about suntoast and none of them good. Jong Wood or BTS are the only two shops that would ever get my money again. John Wood has been known to sell parts to rebuild your own. The hardest part of building a heavy duty 4R100 is the machining of parts and the addition of quality parts. I have run the gammet with trying to get a good build until I bit the bullet and got the real deal from John Wood. Three other trans with verying "builds" and they all failed with less than 350hp. My JW trans is
going strong (over 30k miles)with almost 489hp and lots of towing(10k lb TT), drag racing and sled pulling.
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