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bts or stock rebuild

I really need opinions here. My truck has 290k miles on the original motor and tranny(I believe). when I do need to replace my trany would you just do a stock rebuild with a valve body and cooler or just get a bts. I really am hesitant to throw 5k in a daily driver/work truck. I do depend on this truck and put about 30k miles a year. I tow frequently but usually about 2 tons but occasionally up to 7 or 8 tons. I plan on keeping this truck for a long time.
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Price difference between a BTS and a HD ford reman isn't that large. BTS last trans you will buy.

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If your planning on putting money on a rebuilt trans, upgraded valve body, converter, and probably 6.0 cooler, BTS hands down! Why save a little money and have to rebuild it again down the road?


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Cary is correct, it isn't that much more for a BTS tranny.

I have a BTS, but I would still look into a John Wood tranny. I have a couple friends who I have sent to BTS who have had problems. It was actually embarrassing. I spoke so highly of them and that it was the last tranny they would buy. One was completely stranded a 1,000 miles from home and that was the first trip he took with the truck with his family. I do like Brian and I do like BTS! They do have great customer service, great people, but I think they have just grown now to where some issues come up.

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Honestly unless you are planning on street racing or wanting to build this over power bearing beast you will be fine with a stock rebuild! Just make sure you get it done at a reputable shop Had mine done 4 months ago 10k miles later No issues cost me $3600.00 OTD with a 3 year 100,000 mile warranty. BTS tranny alone is like $4,600 with no install...So if something does go wrong you have to pull the tranny out and ship back to them....Lots of added labor and shipping costs after the fact.

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Honestly unless you are planning on street racing or wanting to build this over power bearing beast you will be fine with a stock rebuild! Just make sure you get it done at a reputable shop Had mine done 4 months ago 10k miles later No issues cost me $3600.00 OTD with a 3 year 100,000 mile warranty. BTS tranny alone is like $4,600 with no install...So if something does go wrong you have to pull the tranny out and ship back to them....Lots of added labor and shipping costs after the fact.
Without putting exact numbers out there, I was quoted not too much higher than the $4600 installed at BTS. I guess it depends on how close you are to the shop, but I planned on making a road trip of it when my penny jar fills up enough times to buy one.


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No shipping costs 1st 2 years..

The trans isn't $4600

and as stated last trans you will but vs. a std rebuild every 100k+-
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No shipping costs 1st 2 years..

The trans isn't $4600

and as stated last trans you will but vs. a std rebuild every 100k+-
I did say like $4600 not exact but ah yes I have priced and your saying a BTS is not between $4500- $5000 shipped TMD?? and then unless you are doing the install yourself assuming you have the right tools and equipment to do it what is labor going to cost for install $500?...How far out of line am I? Real curious

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Cary is correct, it isn't that much more for a BTS tranny.

I have a BTS, but I would still look into a John Wood tranny. I have a couple friends who I have sent to BTS who have had problems. It was actually embarrassing. I spoke so highly of them and that it was the last tranny they would buy. One was completely stranded a 1,000 miles from home and that was the first trip he took with the truck with his family. I do like Brian and I do like BTS! They do have great customer service, great people, but I think they have just grown now to where some issues come up.
So are you saying even with only 400 or so horse I could run into problems with the years to come, I don't drive it hard
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