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I'm right in the middle of replacing the trans in my e99 F250 4x4 - I had a cv joint go out on me out on the road earlier this year and had to get the driveshaft repaired while in Florida (rear driveshaft). I noticed it still had some vibration on the trip home to TN. and then it had some noise when accelerating in reverse so I got under it and found the bellhousing cracked from the starter all the way up to 12 o'clock. When I got the trans out yesterday I found the flexplate cracked all the way around the bolts - good thing I ordered a new one with the trans !! I figured it would be broken ...
I decided on the 4R100HD reman from Ford - the 3 dealers I checked with hadn't ever heard of these for the '99 - 03' 7.3. I ended up getting mine from AutoNation Ford - it was cheaper even with shipping than paying our 9.75% sales tax here. $2754 plus $250 shipping. I'm installing it at the shop where I work, been a pro mechanic for 42 years.
I've got it all put back together today but still have to mount the new cooler, I opted for a Tru Cool Max 4739-1 cooler. It is almost exactly the same as the original equipment except that it has 5 more plates to it. The original hoses will screw right to the cooler, just have to remove the grill so I can move the cooler up just a little from the stock location because it is taller.
Tomorrow will be the acid test, I'll see how this trans does. My truck is pure stock other than a 4" exhaust and the AIS air filter. It's possible I'll have to get programming for the ECM from a dealer if they even still offer it for a '99. Currently I'm not towing much but plan to in the near future.
I also put a set of bellowed up pipes from Riffraff while I had the trans out, was tough spending the extra $500 but sure was a lot easier while the trans was out. They fit very well and appeared to be well-constructed.
I'll report on how this trans does by the weekend after I've driven it some.