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    Who has one? Where did you get it? How much? and was there a big difference? I'm debating on one now at circle d specalties for $375...any suggestions????

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    go one size bigger than what you think you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    go one size bigger than what you think you want.
    so instead of 3200...i go 3400?

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    definately, 3400 at a bare minimum,

    remember with any stall bigger than factory makes lots of extra heat, so you will need a transmission cooler too.

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    And I've read about transmission coolers.....is it necessary? I have a small budget at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    definately, 3400 at a bare minimum,

    remember with any stall bigger than factory makes lots of extra heat, so you will need a transmission cooler too.
    lol dang it....o well wife may never know!!!

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    experience has taught me to hold out, save up, and do it right one time.

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    A trans cooler is a MUST when upgrading the converter.
    I got mine from a local RV dealer on clearance for $30 with the hoses. It's bigger than the popular one everyone uses from B&M but cheaper.

    I would go with a 34 or 3600.
    What other mods are done to the car? Are you planning on doing any soon? If so that might affect the size converter you want to go with.

    If you are doing the work this would be a good time to do other mods to. (pending wallet and wife approval)
    You have to remove the exhaust, torque arm, drive shaft, etc...
    Things can be upgraded with out doing the work twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechad125 View Post
    And I've read about transmission coolers.....is it necessary? I have a small budget at the moment.
    Its is needed. Gonna be honest with you, do it right or dont do it.
    I have a TCI 3000 street fighter and should of got the 3500.
    When doing a stall, you also need, a trans cooler, shift kit and tuning.
    With a 3000 plus stall you will see a huge difference in the car. It is the best thing you can do to an automatic car.
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    Thanks guys, this is likely my last mod and I won't be doing it cuz I know I'll likely makes some retard mistake lol....but I guess I'll get cooler to. If anyone has a link to a cheap one that'd be nice. I dont need fancy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechad125 View Post
    Thanks guys, this is likely my last mod and I won't be doing it cuz I know I'll likely makes some retard mistake lol....but I guess I'll get cooler to. If anyone has a link to a cheap one that'd be nice. I dont need fancy...


    Quote Originally Posted by 02Sweet View Post
    A trans cooler is a MUST when upgrading the converter.
    I got mine from a local RV dealer on clearance for $30 with the hoses. It's bigger than the popular one everyone uses from B&M but cheaper.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thechad125 View Post
    And I've read about transmission coolers.....is it necessary? I have a small budget at the moment.
    Yes, it is a must unless you wann burn your trans and stall up really fast.

    +1 on going bigger than you want as well. I would also keep future plans in mind. If you plan on adding H/C/I, n2o, or boost later make sure your converter is going to be able handle that power increase as well.
    Last edited by Packy; 03-11-2011 at 06:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02Sweet View Post
    That doesn't help me. Seems how I don't live around an rv park. But I found this converter on eBay....not sure about it yet. Anyone here used theirs before? http://compare.ebay.com/like/3102805...=263602_309572

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechad125 View Post
    That doesn't help me. Seems how I don't live around an rv park. But I found this converter on eBay....not sure about it yet. Anyone here used theirs before? http://compare.ebay.com/like/3102805...=263602_309572
    This will help you for the cooler:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/B-M-S...Q5fAccessories

    Mine looks just like that but it was a brand I never heard of and cheaper.


    Now for the converter. That is cheap. You have to ask yourself why it is cheap. This thread is another cheap converter ebay company http://ls1.com/forums/showthread.php...ebay+converter

    A transmission has a lot of stuff in it I don't know how to fix. They are expensive to fix b/c of that. Now I am going to change the converter I don't want to put a "cheap" one in there and take a chance on damaging my transmission that is expensive. I bought a Yank SS4000 for my car. I paid 675 shipped for mine in a GP. It's already setup for when I spray it and a 3 year warranty!

    Just some food for thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechad125 View Post
    That will work

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02Sweet View Post
    That will work
    Sweet...thanks for the input fellas. When I get it all installed if I remember I'll come back to this post and let y'all know how it works. It'll be a good few weeks...or months...

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