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Old 03-08-2008, 12:44 PM
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TransCommand Install: Beware!

Yesterday, I installed my Banks TransCommand, but couldn't take it out for a test spin due to pulling out my drvr's side ext. manifold for a thermocouple mod for the Six-Gun tuner. So today, I reinstalled the manifold, and started putting the heat shield I had to remove prior to getting to the trans. plug. I started from the rear and worked my way up to the front near the trans. Now, I don't want to make this a novel, but for any of you who've installed the TransCommand know that the manual says to mount it @ the end of the stringer outside the passenger framerail. The end of the the stringer so happens to be in close proximity to the front studs/nuts for any of you who have the '99.5-newer PSDs w/ the heat shield. So close in fact, it was a no-brainer the studs will touch the unit DEFINITELY! Relocating the unit on the stringer is also out of the question. #1: This would lessen the amount of slack you have in the wires coming out of the unit. You MUST route the wires exactly as they have it on the diagrams, otherwise the only other routing option you have, given the length of wires that come from the unit, would mean being dangerously close to the exhaust pipe. Also, there's a ground strap bolted almost to the middle of the stringer, so once you relocate the unit, you'll undoubtedly have to relocate the ground strap. My remedy was to just remove the unit, and turn it around(label facing framerail). This will give you more than enough clearance for the heat shield studs. I know relocating the unit, then relocating the ground strap, or just unbolting the unit from it's own mounting bracket and turning it around would've been just as simple, but why have to do the extra work? You want this baby installed so you can use it, not being stuck under your rig for the better half of the day! One other thing I had a problem with is a diagram from the Banks manual for a wiring harness you put 3 wires extracted from the main trans. harness. It was completely backwards. The wires you'd extract from the main harness are: 1, 11, & 12. The diagram shows the harness with the clip end up and the 3 of 4 ports you'd use to install these wires. It shows #1 goes to port 4, #11 goes to port 2, and #12 goes to port 1. After starting the truck and finding the OVERDRIVE light flashing, I checked everything. After I looked @ the back of the Banks plug, I noticed the #1 wire was opposite of the corresponding Banks wire. I switched it, fired up, and still had the OD flashing. So then I figured since both #1 &#12 were red with a yellow strip, I might've gotten it backwards. So I switched, fired, OD flash---WTF!?!?!?!? Now I'm thinking: It HAS to be backward... So I: SWCH, FRD, NO OD FLASH!!! Sorry I wrote too much crap, but this install almost got the best of me today. Just check your mods, locations, connections, proximities, hardware, etc. Hope I was a help!
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:07 PM
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Well, here's a little editorial since I rattled on about the install on this thread: I called Banks and a tech told me the diagram in the instruction manual was actually viewed from the backside of the wiring harness. I took a closer look @ the manual, and there's no designation whether the diagram in question is a front or rear view of the harness. Banks is sending me a new 4-pin connector blank, nonetheless. Either way, I still love Banks, I just wanted to put a plug in for anyone installing a TransCommand to just be careful on their install. On the lighter side of things, the Six-Gun tuner was a cinch to install & I can't wait to complete the Big Hoss bundle install!
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:51 PM
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Yeah mine came installed with a transcommand, and thats ware its mounted too, its not close to anything at all, out of the way and tucked in a good spot, with some slack in the wires, no really a bad spot.......oh yeah and the transcommand it great! i drove my friends stock f250 , and then mine, the shifts were so much better! Way better for towing capabilities also, good luck with it!
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:40 PM
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Yeah mine came installed with a transcommand, and thats ware its mounted too, its not close to anything at all, out of the way and tucked in a good spot, with some slack in the wires, no really a bad spot.......oh yeah and the transcommand it great! i drove my friends stock f250 , and then mine, the shifts were so much better! Way better for towing capabilities also, good luck with it!
Yeah, I gotta agree: the TransCommand is great! I love Banks products. The only thing I've noticed though, Diesel Kevin, is that besides the weather proof apoxy inside the unit to protect it, the aluminum on the outside doesn't seem to fare too well after some time. It hasn't happened to mine considering it's brand-new, but I've seen some other rigs that have it and you can practically shake the truck and the rust falls off. How does yours look?
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Old 03-13-2008, 03:53 PM
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Yeah i have the six gun bundle also and i love it!
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:35 PM
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yeah, theyres norust on it, some corrosion and its been on the truck for 100,000 miles i il post a pic of it soon..
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:03 PM
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Yeah i have the six gun bundle also and i love it!
That's a pretty sweet rig, Harohunter. Did you install the Big Hoss yourself or did you have someone do it? And if you did do it yourself, on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the easiest, how was doing the Monster exhaust, Power Elbow, Compressor wheel, and TechniCooler...I haven't quite got to that part yet.
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