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ATS rebuild question and Ladder Bar Question

So I had some problems with my tranny and long story short it came out to be that i needed a new transmission. I am rebuilding my tranny with ATS parts resulting in a Stage 1 ATS transmission with parts like a ATS torch converter, extra clutch, upgraded valve body. After i get this done will my truck drive differently? Its probably a stupid question but im curious because it is still in the shop. And when i was up at the tranny shop the machanic told me that i need ladder bars because of the lift on the truck and he showed me the bent U bolts and stuff. He said if I did not get ladder bars that I would be looking a rear end job in the near future. I realy dont want ladder bars on my truck so my question is do I have to get them or can i just remove the blocks on top of the rear axel and do an 8in leaf spring...will the leaf springs fix the axel wrap? haha i know that was alot. Thanks!


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Anyone? Bump...


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Why ATS?

No they are not needed but it will prevent axle rap and make your trick grip better.
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Thanks for the input man. whats wrong with ats? Please dont tell me I just thew 3500 dollars down the drain....


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They work.... on a stock truck. I wouldnt ever put one in my truck. And dont exspect to be able to put in a warrenty claim.
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Well i didnt buy a new one. I just had my old one rebuild with a few upgraded parts.


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you will be just fine with no more than is done to your truck

but traction bars are a good thing
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Yeah like said...ATS has a crap tranny and a crap warranty claim dept. Alot of people have had bad experiences with them. But seeing as they aren't building it...it will probably turn out to be better for ya. Most just go with the suncoast kits...they have two of them. A built trans isn't gonna make it drive differently but it will hopefully make it last longer with beefier parts. What will make a built trans, or any trans drive differently and last longer...is good tuning. Without good trans tuning, even a built trans wont last long.

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I wish i would have know this before hand, i just did not do much reaserch because everyone down here was telling me that they were great transmissions and they also were running them in their trucks. Thanks for the input. oh and will going from 8in of blocks to 8in leaf springs fix my axel wrap like a set of ladder bars would? thanks again


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only way to fix axel wrap is with a set of bars.

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