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What do you prefer & why ?

I'm thinking of this transgo kit

http://www.transmissionpartsusa.com/...-00054931d.htm

'97 3500 dually cc 4x4, bhaf, 4" down pipe to 5" exhaust, 100 plate, boost elbow, 4k gsk, timing bump, 60lb springs. Trans Go shift kit. Billet Converter. Isspro boost, pyro & trans temp gauges.
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A shift kit is just that it is a kit, what will make the biggest difference is who installs it.
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a good converter helps too.

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A shift kit is just that it is a kit, what will make the biggest difference is who installs it.

Install is no issue, long time friend whos been doing tranny work for 20 + years will do it.




a good converter helps too.


Pulled the inspection cover and checked out converter when I got her, not stock, looks like billet but no ideas whos, guy I got the truck from has no idea, he got the truck for money owed to him.

I'll try and get a decent pic of it next time up on the rack and post, maybe someone here can ID it.

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if you can afford it just do the whole trans. it will save you money down the road.

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If it has a Billet TC, then it may have a shift kit. Like you said have your friend check it out and take it from there.

How much power and towing are you looking at?
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If it has a Billet TC, then it may have a shift kit. Like you said have your friend check it out and take it from there.

How much power and towing are you looking at?

Kinda doubt it, has that TQ draining back after it sits over night, does'nt "feel" like other "kitted" (guess thats a word) trans I have had, but I must admit long time chevy guy here, got this truck for the cummins, not the sheet metal / trans, so I new to the dodge world.

As for power, I want to be able to tow 10-12k easy, thinking 700-800 tq is where I need to be.

Only trans issue now is when taking off from a stop going up a steep hill 25deg +, no slip but does'nt want to rev high enough to shift from 2nd-3rd (tach hovers around 2000) wondered if a 3000 gsk would make any difference with this ? when I get on less of a grade, say under 20deg its ok, and once converter locks it pulls fine, as in no slip and handles grades ok, lots of hills where I'm at so I need this addressed, have drove manual (chipped) cummins which did'nt have this issue.

Kit is on it's way so it will be installed, so far max towed is 6k, really don't want to drop $3k for a trans IF I don't need it.

Thanks to all on this thread for your input.

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With what you are saying it sounds like someone did the work right. One thing that is done to the automatic's is remove the flow checks or gut them out so they can flow better. The down side is the fluid does drain back to the pan almost evertime you shut the engine down. Something else is to allways let the truck idle in netural until the fluid has had time to circulate, the reason is stock the pump does not work in park.

For a GSK I would just install a 4K try not to rev it over 3200 until you can get some 60lbs springs for the exhaust. When you can rev to 3000 without defueling you will see a big difference. Then add a little timing say 14.5 to 15 degrees. A little timing will help EGT drop but hurt spool. You may find enough power with out changing injectors. Adding fuel you will need transmission or torque converter up grades but adding RPM will help performance and not increase torque.

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go 4k and leave it loose.

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go 4k and leave it loose.

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