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Auto to 6spd swap?

Anyone here done it? I wouldnt mind a place doing it and doing a nice job though.

Any writeups, sugestions, etc. appreciated

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J/w why? With the money you'd spend and the holes you'd have to cut... why not just get a built auto tranny that will out pull, out live, and outdrive a 6spd?

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Word Marty! I'd take that cash you'd spend on the conversion and call ATS and have one hell-of-a tranny built that will hold ANY amount of power possible. Also, a stock 6 spd is really only good for about 400HP. AND when it goes out, which it will eventually, your looking at at least $3000 for a rebuild with stock parts, more if you go with better parts/cryo-treated parts. Also, a good clutch is going to run about $600+. I know, I payed $3700 for a stock rebuild with my case and an upgraded LUK clutch which is good for about 350-400HP.


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You are right, ive been looking around at both options.....

I just rebuilt my tranny about 15k ago with and put a shift kit in it, I like the auto for driving around town, the occasional race and traveling, but I wish i had a six speed when I tow. I guess im a control freak......

Ive got the shift kit in it and it shifts somewhat firm but im looking for the next upgrade.Decisions..Decisions


I work on cars for a living but trannies are not my thing...........

If i kept the auto i would like to upgrade the convertor,Ive heard good things abut the brianstruckshop parts. I might do a convertor from them......


I basically looking for ideas and suggestions................................

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I have the 6 spd and sort of wish I had the AUTO. Yes the stock manual is stronger, but it is a PITA to launch and I feel like I'm slipping the clutch too much. Also, the auto would be soo much better when me and the girl and driving around.


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True true, Thats funny, all my buddies who have and auto want a 6spd and vise versa.......... Ill probably look around at some convertors and start with that, the problem is that they are all expensive for a good one. Anyone know how much the BTS one is?

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I just rebuilt my tranny about 15k ago with and put a shift kit in it, I like the auto for driving around town, the occasional race and traveling, but I wish i had a six speed when I tow. I guess im a control freak......

Ive got the shift kit in it and it shifts somewhat firm but im looking for the next upgrade.Decisions..Decisions

If i kept the auto i would like to upgrade the convertor,Ive heard good things abut the brianstruckshop parts. I might do a convertor from them......

I basically looking for ideas and suggestions................................
Pretty sure a built or beefy T/C is NOT good on a stock trans, not 100% sure why, but something is telling me I've read bad things. Maybe not.

As for the mods and the towing, go with a transgo tugger kit, a chip that has specifically a "TOW TUNE" not 50,75,90 etc... there is a difference in the actual programming. If you don't get a chip you can do the T/C lockup mod and that can help some too. I let my TC lockup when going downhills with a load in tow and that controls it nicely. Also, BTS makes ONE HELLL of a trans and if you were going built, that's who I'd personally go to. The Torqueshift is something else all together, its actually got a brain (computer) lol...

I'd ask "sea71" aka Shane about his install, he's not a tranny man but has installed a shift kit and I believe is installing the transgo tugger kit w/aftermarket T/C sometime this week. I'm sure he'll have something to say about it afterwards. Anyways, hope this helps, I can get you links on some of the above info if you want.

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http://www.brianstruckshop.com/index.html

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I think you will be pleased with the work that BTS does on your truck and you are not that far from his shop.
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Just sell your truck and buy a 6 speed truck. It would be a lot easier and a lot cheaper. And a lot better. I would be really surprised if your 7.3 was over 400 hp anyways so you don't have to worry about blowing it up.
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