Would it be worth it & beneficial to install a shift kit in a stock wagon used as a daily driver & for towing?
Yep. The other thing is that replacing the boost valve and cleaning the EPC filter screen are what I consider to be key line-pressure-related maintenance items that otherwise would never get done.Originally posted by MrBuick (Magnum):
because... the less amount of slipage you have, the less it wears the clutch packs... right?
Definitely...I haven't checked yet, but I just thought I heard a couple different kits mentioned around here...no?Originally posted by sherlock9c1:
You could go comparing - but it's not like anyone has 9 4L60Es and they've tried all the kits. Go with a recommendation from someone you trust.
Right, I understand it's a much more involved job....but the pan is already off. Thanx for the pointers.Originally posted by sherlock9c1:
Never never do a shift kit just because you need to do a fluid/filter change (boost valve yes, shift kit no). They are orders of magnitude differences between the jobs - like saying I'm going to put a cam in because I've got an oil change coming up.
You can do a shift kit in the driveway (I did once), but beware of contamination via wind blowing things under the car and sticking to the underside of the exposed transmission. As soon as you get the valvebody off, put the pan back on (just a few bolts is fine).
Plan on a full weekend if you've never done it before.
I appreciate that...yeah, when I was doing a shift kit on my 1st car, while I had the trans out, I made that very mistake.Originally posted by lakeffect:
For all the "DIY in the driveway" guys, when you remove the valves (or some call them pistons), make sure you mark their orientation as to which end goes back in first. Most will slip in either way, but only one way works, the other way is trouble... very expensive trouble. If you drop it and don't know which end is which, you are screwed.
Just curious, which half are you familiar with and which are not?Originally posted by sherlock9c1:
Well, that was about half right. But I totally agree on the part about harsh shifts shocking the driveline. Not all shiftkits do that (the transGo HD2C kit doesn't if you install it as-instructed). As I said in a thread over in the drivetrain section, overly harsh part-throttle shifts is like kicking your dog for no reason - it's dumb and it needlessly causes harm.